The city of Brussels has its roots in the countryside. In the early Middle Ages, the first Frankish families settled on the banks of the Senne and two nearby hills, devoting themselves to livestock farming and the growing of cereals. Becoming a city in its own right surrounded by one then a second set of walls, for a long time Brussels maintained rural spaces dedicated to craftwork, military exercises and agriculture. The royal court had an important game preserve and ornamental gardens which also began to be used by the city’s elite. The end of the 18th century saw the creation of the first public park, followed by numerous others designed by talented landscape architects and incorporated within urban development plans up to the present day. Down through the ages, Brussels has never ceased to welcome nature into its walls. You will discover this during a tour of the collections from Maison du Roi.