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Built for King Leopold in 1873, these sparkling glass and steel domes border the Royal Palace of Laeken. Greenhouses were an innovative construction of the time and these are particularly extraordinary because of their Art Nouveau style. These greenhouses have an enormous range of rare flowers and plants. While the attraction's exterior can be visited year-round, visitors can only enter the greenhouses' interior and view the plants for a short period in spring.
Petit Sablon Square, also called Place du Petit Sablon, is a beautiful square and garden that was built in the late 1800s. The square is surrounded by 48 statues symbolizing medieval guilds, giving you an insight into how people used to live. This lovely landscaped garden also features a fountain with the figures of the Count of Egmont and Count of Horn.
The National Botanic Garden of Belgium, also called the Botanic Garden Meise, is one of the largest botanic gardens in the world. It is both a research institute and a tourist attraction, with guided tours by experts who explain the garden, including pointing out rare flowers. As you walk through this garden you'll discover plants from around the world. The National Botanic Garden of Belgium also hosts art and cultural events.
Located in the area of Ixelles, the Ixelles Ponds are a set of two ponds that make for a popular gathering place for locals. The water here is not safe for contact and so visitors are not allowed enter the pond. One can walk along the shore and enjoy the peace or enjoy the picturesque Art Nouveau houses nearby. Sit down on a bench and out look out onto the water to admire the waterfowl or enjoy a picturesque walk around the ponds.
Built in the 12 Century, Groot-Bijgaarden Castle has a beautiful Flemish Renaissance style with pink bricks and a slate roof. Cross the impressive moat on a five-arch bridge and admire the castle's heavy fortification. As you explore this historic site, take a moment to explore the 30 meter (98 feet) high tower that was built around 1347 and was the caste's dungeon, complete with 2 meter (6.5) thick walls.
Located in the northern edge of the city, the Botanical Garden of Brussels is a pretty garden that hosts a variety of plants. In 1938, most of the botanicals were moved to the National Botanic Garden, but this urban park still remains a beautiful spot to rest or take a stroll amongst the large trees. The garden still houses 30 of the 52 bronze sculptures that were a part of the park in the 19th Century. Besides the sculptures and fountains, the garden feature a gazebo at its center and has a collection of herbs, carnivorous species and rare and exotic specimens of plants.