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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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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

An underground tour discovering the remains of the palace of Charles...

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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An interesting site - worth a visit

Having been brought up on ruins it is not possible to visit a city without looking into the more hidden history of somewhere. We really enjoyed the walk around Coudenberg, again... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Wellingborough, United Kingdom

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We dropped in as admission was included on our Brussels card and were completely stunned. The underground tour of the former palace is fascinating is we were enthralled by it. This was definitely the attraction that surprised us the most from all that we did and would highly recommend it to any visits.

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Wellingborough, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having been brought up on ruins it is not possible to visit a city without looking into the more hidden history of somewhere. We really enjoyed the walk around Coudenberg, again this is another place where the audio guides are essential as they give you that bit more information than you would get from just wondering around independently. A visit... More 

Thank WellingboroughFamily
Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were able to take the self-guided tour thru Coudenberg, and it was really well done. To see the different levels that had been re-discovered over time was so interesting. The displays were well lit and labeled, so that you were able to almost travel thru time. Well worth the time.

Thank Lily R
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This contains a time line showing the history of Brussels from 1830. Its a bit wordy but provides a really useful context to the things that you will see during your stay.

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Venlo, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Coudenberg is the old palace of Brussels, in this museum you're going through the underground remains of it. The sign around the walk are good located, you can easily follow the route. Lack of English signs,but you are welcomed with the paper leaflet with the explanatory and guide inside. Interesting journey back in time, yet do not expect nothing impressive.... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Only 3 euros and it is worth it. However, signs have no English so I felt I missed out on a lot of content. Still a good place to visit if you have time. The building also holds other exhibits.

Thank Lorna H
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

It is interesting to see the ruins of the old palace underground, but somehow I think I was expecting a bit more. It is vast, but the signs are pretty good, and you can always find the exit. Be warned that you exit a bit away from where you enter. You exit by the Museum of Musical Instruments. Also, the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

I agree with another reviewer here that the audio guide is an absolute must. There's only limited information on the boards, so the audio really enlivens everything. We weren't offered one, and had to return to the desk to seek one out (thankfully being able to collect another entrance chip in the process). Generally I prefer my sites displayed recreated... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

The girl on reception was a little dozy and didn't offer us audioguides, without which the tour would have been quite dull. When we insisted on them, we got to the museum and found our guides were in French, so had to go back to the counter. Thankfully, someone else was there and he sorted things out. Our confusion didn't... More 

Thank Bryan M
Padua, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Unsuspected and not much advertised,but gorgeous.where nowadays stands Place Royal,there was the castle of Charles the Fifth. You can still visit the basement of that magnificent palace,comprising the chapel,the kitchen and an ancient street closed to them.there's nothing left to see of the old decorations,but the museum compensates for this lack with an extensive and complete series of explanations.

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