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Coudenberg - Former Palace of Brussels

Place des Palais 7, Brussels 1000, Belgium
+32 2 500 45 54
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From the middle ages, a castle overlooked Brussels from Coudenberg hill. From the 12th century, the successive monarchs and their representatives transformed a small fortified castle into a sumptuous residential palace, one of the most beautiful palace of Europe and one of Charles V's main residences. This prestigious building is severely damaged by fire in 1731. Some forty years later, the ruins of the palace are pulled down and the ground flattened out for the construction of the new royal district. The remains of this palace make up the Coudenberg archaeological site.
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Place des Palais 7, Brussels 1000, Belgium
+32 2 500 45 54
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited here on Saturday in the afternoon and found it was not overly crowded. The visit starts with a video which explained what happened to the palace and the reason why the site remains after this you enter 'the womb of Brussels' or whatever...More

Thank William J
Reviewed 1 week ago

We hadn't a clue that this exists under Place Royale in Brussels. When you visit it use the free wifi app or take an audio guide ! Incredible to see that this palace has existed in Brussels.

Thank Nelly2712
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is actually a very large site; go in via the Musee Belvue and come out behind the Museum of Musical Instruments on the other side of the road. Mainly this is the basements of the old palace and the road between the two sections....More

Thank Martin_Ridgway
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

An interesting place. There are no dramatic sights but instead a reminder of what was hundreds of years ago. While those with an interest in relevant architectural history may benefit more, I still found it quietly illuminating. When we were there practically nobody else was...More

Thank Allan S
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

If you archaeology interests you then go and have a look at the excavations under Coudenberg Palace and discover the original fortifications underneath the palace that formed part of the original castle. After the tour there is a small museum with the background and history

Thank MrPhileasF
Reviewed 7 August 2017

Free for those with a Brussels card, wi-fi app available for audio tour, interesting excavations under the former Palace

Thank Gary G
Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

From the outside it's not really clear what's inside, except from the old palace and that there will be viewings of the excavations. Entrance is cheap: 5-7 euros Inside there's not much to actually see. You see the excavations but you mostly just walk through...More

Thank Morten K
Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

Former Palace very cool to see ! Not your traditional Museum!! Reasonably priced , easy to get to and right by the currant palace !!!

Thank Mrsloco
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

My favorite part of my visit to Coudenberg was the free audio guide available on my smartphone. I really enjoyed the information it had about the site and it was helpful to see pictures and descriptions about what some features were. At times it was...More

Thank eflah
Reviewed 1 July 2017

For some reason I enjoy walking through tunnels (roads) that have been covered for centuries... there isn't that much to see but it is well labeled - as well as the audioguide (3 euros) you can connect to their wifi (coudenberg) and use your own...More

Thank mashie44
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