Every Spring, for just 3 weeks, the Royal Greenhouses of Laeken are opened to the public. It's a great opportunity to get a peek of the Laeken Palace (the official residence of the Belgian royal family) and of course, to see the exotic plants in the architecturally gorgeous greenhouses.

For the 2019 season, the greenhouses were opened on the 19th April and the last day for visits is on Friday the 10th May. We visited last 1st of May, Labor Day. We opted for a night visit to avoid the crowds, but since it was a holiday, the queue was scarily long. It moved pretty quick, though. We waited a total of 20 minutes in line. It was exciting to enter the palace gates and see where the royal family lives.

We were pleasantly surprised to find out that the place was actually huge and it was well worth the trip from Antwerp.

Thousands of beautiful plants and flowers for the eyes and nose to feast on. It is definitely a must-visit (it only costs €2.50 and people under 18 can enter for free).

At night, the greenhouses look like lit up lanterns. All photos care of the amazing gazeandgrin.com

Practical info

  • Entrance fee is 2.50 €, free for those under 18 years old
  • It is possible to pay with cash or debit/credit card
  • 2019 Season Opening: Friday, 19 April to Friday, 10 May
  • Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 9:30am to 3:30pm; Fri-Sun 9:30am to 3:30pm & 8:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Entrance and exit through the main gate of the Laeken Palace
  • Parking: Directly opposite Laeken Palace (Avenue de la Dynastie, 1020 Bruxelles)