Laeken Park


Erecting a monument in memory of King Léopold I was the reason given for creating this 45 hectare park, which integrates perfectly into a huge complex of green spaces comprised of the royal estate, Stuyvenbergh Park, Jean Sobiesky Park, Belvédère Castle, the Chinese Pavilion, Donderbergh and Osseghem Park, covering a total area of 300 hectares. While Laeken Park was for many years thought to have been the work of Edouard Keilig, the landscape architect behind La Cambre Wood, recent research has shown that it was actually French landscape architect Jean-Pierre Barillet and engineer Grégoire and his colleague Delabarrière who designed the project. While the public was granted access to the park from 1880, the area around Belvédère Castle was still off-limits, reserved for members of the royal family. Unobstructed views, interspersed with remarkable trees make it one of the most beautiful English-style landscape parks in Brussels. The listed trees include Swedish whitebeam, copper beech, bitternut hickory, tulip, cedar of Lebanon and whitethorn. (Listed 17/09/1974)

Practical information

  • Parc de Laeken
    1020 Brussels
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