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Palais Coudenberg

Place des Palais 7, Brussels, Belgium
+32 2 500 45 54
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Ranked #34 of 217 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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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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95 reviews 95 reviews
55 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

I'm a big history lover and always have things like this high on my itinerary list whenever we go away, but I expected more from this. Admittedly I didn't opt for the audio guide because I'd heard about the map you're given, which has numbered dots to tell you where you are and what you're looking at, but no context... More

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Saint-Nom-la-Breteche, France
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128 attraction reviews
186 helpful votes 186 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Maybe we should have taken an audio guide to make more of this trip but i found it hard to imagine what I was looking at the remains of . Although the rooms were numbered they were hard to follow . I think you probably need to be more interested in archaeology than I am . A lot of children... More

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

We booked a treasure hunt for children by email. The target group is 5 to 8 years old. The hunt should be accompanied by an adult and can be done in French, Dutch, English or Spanish. Strangely no German. Kids receive a backpack with a treasure map, a costume, a puzzle, a flashlight that can be charged by hand -... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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69 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

The underground palace was somewhere we had wanted to visit and it didn't disappoint. A large area underneath the current royal palace opens out before you with areas showing excavations and others being large scale rooms. I would recommend that you take an audio tour as it will allow you to understand what you are seeing to a greater detail... More

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Alsace
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14 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Normal cost 10 euros each. We paid 8 for an old person and nothing for a retired teacher! The underground remains are amazing - you walk down a medieval street! Much bigger than I expected. Things down there are numbered and we were given a list of explanations in English.

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Brookline, Massachusetts
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85 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
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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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
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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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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