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Palais Coudenberg

Place des Palais 7, Brussels, Belgium
+32 2 500 45 54
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Ranked #29 of 211 attractions in Brussels
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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... more » 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. « less
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Brookline, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

These are great if you are into history or archeology. They are not great if you are claustrophobic or cannot walk and do stairs. I would absolutely recommend the audio guide, since there are very few descriptions posted, despite what the girl selling tickets said. We were nearly alone, seeing only 1 other group of people there on a Thursday... More

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norwich
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

A typical wet day meant searching the net for activities for a three year old. Fun dress up for her and a informative self guided tour for us. Not too busy an great restaurant for food at the end.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed this self guided underground tour. Most descriptions were in English, and you get a brochure with a map and descriptions of each numbered poi god interest along the way. This also helps you avoid getting lost. A great value at only 6 euro. It was not crowded at all when we were there, which was during the... More

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Whitley Bay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014 via mobile

Just €6 to enter, this fascinating journey under the streets of Brussels, is worth every penny. A simple leaflet with map and bullet pointed information, is provided to help guide you through. It's quite atmospheric and gives a real insight as to how the city has grown and developed over the last few centuries. It was also very quiet when... More

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North East Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Not very busy but don't know why. Interesting - underground - tour of the palace area which had some interesting facts and historical information about the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

It is the must-see place in Brussels. You will feel like walking around the secret old palace to discover the secret things. Fabulous!!

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Memphis, Tennessee
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

If you like history, Coudenberg is worth a visit. The tour comes in two parts. Upstairs is a tour of Belgium from 1830 to present day. It gives a glimpse of Belgium's recent history, but what I found exciting is the remains of the palace down below. Some of the buildings date back to the 13th century. You are given... More

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

It was really quiet here with very few guests which actually added to the atmosphere. It was great to see the old streets and walls and all preserved underground. Head to the main entrance of the museum to get in, we walked around in circles initially, and they will show you the direction. Definitely worth a visit.

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Lowell, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

We first went through the attached Belgian history museum, and then entered the Coudenberg, so figuratively we left the 20th century and went way back in time. The other reviewers have captured the potential for claustrophobia, so I won't go into that--though frankly I didn't experience that too much, and found this to be generally well lit and not at... More

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Vancouver
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

Very cool (figuratively and literally...), a bit creepy at times as there are some dark corridors with lower ceilings, but cool nonetheless. It's self guided but you get a pamphlet that marks out the different chambers, and there are signs along the way also in English. I didn't notice any elevators which makes me think that this tour is not... More

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