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Royal Palace (Palais Royal)

Place des Palais, Brussels, Belgium
02/551-20-20
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Ranked #29 of 216 Attractions in Brussels
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Castles, Historic Sites
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Grange Over Sands
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70 reviews 70 reviews
21 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Lovely Palace. Chandeliers are amazing. Free to go in,which we were surprised about. Display on at the moment which was very interesting and well detailed. Really lovely rooms,nice staff. No rush. We were probably in there about two hours. At the finish there was a room with different things for you to try, great for the young ones. Certainly recommend... More

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Kent
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34 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

This was a great visitor experience and free to visit. They had some great exhibits explaining the efforts of the brave Belgians during the war and together with the stately rooms and their splendour it was well worth seeking out.

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Brit in Paris
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122 attraction reviews
181 helpful votes 181 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Very imposing building with the most amazing chandeliers I have ever seen . It is free to enter . The furniture paintings and statues are all good but by far the best thing was an exhibition about the Belgian Royal family during world War 1. Excellent displays and explanations of Belgium's role during the war . Very well done everything... More

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Brussels, Belgium
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The pallace is only open in summer, as it used by the king, the Belgian head of state during the year. The visit is free. You can see state rooms, bit you have to know that nobody lives in this pallace - and no Belgian king has done so. You see chandeliers and portraits as well as some furniture. This... More

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Connecticut
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74 reviews 74 reviews
12 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

It is apparently only open in summer. It is free and well organized, self walking tour. If you've seen Versailles and other grand palaces, this one measures up.

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Half Moon Bay, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Definitely worth a visit, especially with the current WWI history display set up. The art in the palace is what you'd expect - many past royalty portraits - but they are quite good in their own right. They provide a bag check for backpacks / strollers and guidebooks in several languages. And it's free.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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14 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We were amazed there was no charge to enter this beautiful palace. It was organised in such a way that people flowed around it and saw everything. Perhaps if you stayed too long gawping open mouthed at the magnificent chandeliers you were asked to move on. This kept the flow going at a steady pace. The rooms are incredible with... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The entrance is free! Plus it is as gorgeous inside as it is outside. The walking plan is pre planned which saves you time and guarantees you see all the palace, it has many interactive displays so its not your regular castle visit and a corner for kids to play and make drawings on, really well planed and a must-see... More

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Seattle, Washington
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13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We were happy to learn that the Palais Royal was open during our trip to Brussels; however, we had not realized that it is essentially a glorified reception facility. The basic tour contained some interesting information on the history of the monarchy, and the temporary exhibition (on WWI) was quite good, especially as it emphasized the impact of the war... More

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Lisburn, United Kingdom
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

The palace is situated beside Brussels park and it's a great sight. The gardens are well kept and decorated. The tour is free which was a nice surprise. The palace has some amazing decorations in it and the chandlers were breath taking. There are a few rooms set up with information boards with Brussels history on them and TVs showing... More

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