To continue you tour of exotic flowers and rare and beautiful plants on the continent this year, you may want to pay a visit to the Royal Greenhouses in Laeken.
Be warned though – the opportunity for roaming these greenhouses is limited to a three week window. In 2012, they will be open from April 13 to May 6th.
The Laeken greenhouse is considered to be one of the main monuments of 19th century Belgium. It was constructed in an age where metallurgy and glass work had improved to the stage where greenhouses had first started being constructed. Architect Alphonse Balat, teacher of Victor Horta – one of the most important names in Art Nouveau architecture – was commissioned to design a complex of greenhouses to compliment the castle.
Although there is only a short time frame to visit this great nature site, this is a great opportunity to walk in the footsteps of royalty and witness the splendour of the greenhouses from inside. Rare and beautiful flowers housed in one of the world’s finest greenhouses is certainly not a thing to miss – Laeken is home to one of the most important collections of camellias too.
P&O Ferries can get you to Laeken via their service from Hull to Zeebrugge.