Much more than the Royal Greenhouses and the Atomium
Laeken derives its fame from its castle: a few months after the birth of Belgium in 1830, it became the residence of the Belgian sovereigns.
Nowadays, Laeken has even more to offer than the royal estate and its surroundings. A wide variety of tourist attractions – historical heritage, cultural life and outdoor activities – await visitors from Belgium and all over the world.
More specifically, Laeken can be proud to count on its territory the two main tourist attractions of the Brussels region: the Atomium and Mini-Europe.
But that’s not all. Laeken is full of surprises and hidden treasures such as the miraculous spring at the top of the drève Sainte-Anne, Rodin’s thinker at the cemetery of Laeken or the Monument to Labour by Constantin Meunier, a friend of Rodin’s.
Extraordinary gardens and parks
With its prestigious history as a royal residence and having been the site of the 1958 World Fair, Laeken today counts a multitude of gardens and parks. Laeken is a green municipality.
The expressive garden architecture covers a wide variety of styles and periods, from the 19th century to the present day. The most remarkable green spaces are adjacent to the royal estate: Laeken Park, Osseghem Park, the Colonial Garden, the garden of the Japanese Tower and the Chinese Pavilion, the Florist’s Gardens, the Sobieski Park and the Square of the 21 July.
All these parks are interconnected by the green promenade, a circuit between all parks and forests of the Brussels region.