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Coudenberg - Former Palace of Brussels

Address: Place des Palais 7, Brussels, Belgium
Phone Number: +32 2 500 45 54
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The Brussels Card
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Ranked #41 of 216 Attractions in Brussels
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: Yes
Owner description: An underground tour discovering the remains of the palace of Charles...
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Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Owner description: An underground tour discovering the remains of the palace of Charles VFrom 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.During your visit, you will discover the Rue Isabelle and the old structures of the main buildings of the former palace of Brussels, which are now the foundations for today's royal district and the Hoogstraeten House where the most interesting discoveries made during the various archaeological excavations conducted on the Coudenberg are displayed.
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

My husband was very excited about going here as its located in the basement of the palace that survived the fire inb the 12th century. Tunnels and history! We love underground "hidden" sites and this definitely fit the bill. Worth the cost and time. We did it in an hour!

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Doha, Qatar
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

This museum was somewhat interesting and I visited it as part of my trip to the BELvue Museum as they are attached. The Coudenberg Museum is the basement of the ancient Palace of Brussels which was begun in the 12 Century and later suffered a massive fire. The ruins were pulled down in the 18th Century to make way for... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

I spent about an hour wandering around the ruins of the Coudenberg and the small museum at the end. It's worth a visit if you like ruins and archaeology. I was by myself, but I saw families with kids and the kids seemed to be enjoying exploring it, as well. As a 25 year old, still considered youth, so it... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

We were at the Belvue Museum and decided to followup with this visit. Didn't know there was an audio guide, so we were quite lost walking in this underground maze. There wasn't many people , so it can be a little eerie walking through the cold underground . It's very fascinating to imagine these has been around for so long.... More 

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Wiesbaden, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Took a nice walk of the city and visist the old palace, good walk, just make sure you got good walking shoes on.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

The Coudenberg was a great experience. The old palace has been very well recovered and is very well lit throughout. The map given by the man at the desk, although initially appearing very confusing, was very well designed and explained. The museum was well presented and clean but it was very quiet during our visit. I don't think this attraction... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

This is a cool archaeological site of the old palace, underneath the museum square. However, the museum didn't do a lot of interpretive work, and mostly there were just a few signs pointing out columns etc. There is potential for this museum to be a lot more interesting and interactive. I didn't get the audio guide, so maybe this would... More 

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East Anglia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

I really didn't know what to expect when I was told about this, but I found it amazing. I didn't realise there was an audio guide so made do with the map, but just loved wandering around imagining it all those years ago. The fact that it is such a recent discovery makes it all the more interesting. A must... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

We had the brussels Card, so while we were in the area, just thought we would "run" through. I was a nice time away from the noise of the city, and it almost felt like we went back in time. We did not get the audio guide, but still found the place interesting, as there’s plenty of signs – also... More 

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Belgrade, Serbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Palais Coudenberg is an archeological site placed beneath the new palace and a street. It was a very exciting experience, walking through the old palace with the map and imagining what the life was like so many years ago. We did not get audio guide, but there were explanations on the map and also on posters along the way. Small... More 

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