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Coudenberg - Former Palace of Brussels

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Address: Place des Palais 7, Brussels, Belgium
Phone Number: +32 2 500 45 54
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Description: An underground tour discovering the remains of the palace of Charles VFrom...
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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I went to this place not expecting very much. I hadn't been impressed by Brussels up until this point, honestly. But Coudenburg was a truly enjoyable place to just take in the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 10, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 via mobile

As the title says, this will blow your mind. You walk through what once was a building, a street, cellars. All this under the current street. You can hear voices above you from people going about their day. It's amazing how close you are to the current street! Well worth a trip. Very cheap too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

We certainly received the wow factor when we walked in here. It was an interesting place to explore, especially considering you are underground and under a busy street (you are reminded regularly by the noise of passing buses). Really enjoyed it, especially the Vesalius exhibition that was also ongoing!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

This is a hidden treasure under the Place Royale. Once you visit you will never see this part of Brussels in the same way again! A chapel, buildings and a whole street underground. The former city was covered up to make the Place Royale flat and grand. Now it has been lovingly excavated and perfectly displayed. It felt like you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

You would think looking at ruins underground would be boring but it was very interesting. To see the footprint of such a building gives one the idea of its magnificence.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

I visited this place last August and to my surprise, it exceeded my expectation :) This is definitely a diamond in the rough as it offers you a different experience all together from the usual metropolitan attractions you could find in a city. I think most visitors to the Belvue Museum miss exploring this part of the museum (or maybe... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015 via mobile

Under the current Royal Palace lie the ruins and archeological exhibit of the former palace, dating back to the middle ages. Take a half day to see this exhibit and the Belvue Museum above it. The latter is an interesting explanation of the formation of Belgium and its roles in colonialism and the two world wars, as well as its... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

When you have finished at the fascinating Belvue Museum above, make sure you don't miss exploring the absolutely incredible former palace buried beneath the now busy streets of modern Brussels. You really do have your breath taken away as you emerge into a lost world of medieval arches, sloping streets and forgotten chapels and buildings that you can wander around... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

This is a great place to visit hidden in the heart of Brussels. It consists of the extensive foundations and layout of the palaces underneath the present-day royal palace and square. From above ground you would never imagine that there is a hidden world to discover just below ground level! The whole exhibition is very well done and well maintained,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

The ticket includes the BELvue next door interesting insight into Belgian Royalty and Belgian life well worth the ticket money spent around 2 hours wandering around.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

I went to this place not expecting very much. I hadn't been impressed by Brussels up until this point, honestly. But Coudenburg was a truly enjoyable place to just take in the culture and experience. The excavations underground were very interesting. It can get a little confusing down there but there are guides to help you and you are given... More 

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Address: Address: Place des Palais 7, Brussels, Belgium
Phone Number: +32 2 500 45 54
Location: Europe  >  Belgium  >  Brussels
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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