On the palace steps: from the Chinese Pavilion to the royal watercress beds

16/09/2017 - 16/09/2017

Bordered by a park filled with beautiful varieties of exotic plants, two pieces of architecture, some of the most unusual in the Brussels-Capital Region, liberally inspired by the Far East, the Japanese Tower and Chinese Pavilion, stand right next to an exact replica of a grand Italian Renaissance fountain. This walking tour will provide you with a better understanding of the background to and originality of Leopold II’s final project, as well as revealing another unique feature of the green corridor running alongside the royal estate: a watercress bed that is today run by Ferme Nos Pilifs, a working farm that provides employment opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities. The farm support workers will explain the challenges and quirks of growing watercress in this location.

In cooperation with Laeken Découverte.

Practical information

    • Araucaria tram stop, Heysel direction platform (past the junction with Avenue de l’Araucaria/Araucarialaan)
    • avenue des Croix de Feu
    • Brussels
    • Saturday only at 14h30 (duration: 1.5 hours)
      Please note that bookings are essential. Call 0479/39.77.15 or e-mail laeken.decouverte@gmail.com. Up to 25 people per tour. In French only.
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