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Coudenberg - Former Palace of Brussels

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Address: Place des Palais 7, Brussels 1000, Belgium
Phone Number: +32 2 500 45 54
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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This former palace was filled with rubble and used as foundation for the current one. But when the remains were found they were preserved by a slab of concrete and one can now go... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This former palace was filled with rubble and used as foundation for the current one. But when the remains were found they were preserved by a slab of concrete and one can now go underneath the slab and have a look at the remnants of former palace. The Audioguide wasn't available but even without that we enjoyed our paper map... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hugely interesting and also cool for kids. Plus it's underground so a solid option during the rainy days in Brussels. Entrance in the right wing of the (current) Palace, exit next to the musical instruments museum (for a coffee on the top floor).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A truly great experience in a museum that is on the cutting edge of contemporary archeological and architectural adventures

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This huge area was excavated under the existing street network about 25 years ago. There are streets from the 16 th century, an ancient place and an 18th century palace all underneath the modern city.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016 via mobile

Quite inexpensive but gives a good history of the palac and the fires. the walk through is ok its not anything special but its interesting to learn the way they lived in the past

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

I arrived on family day, which was nice as several re-enactors were present. The museum itself is fairly interesting, but it's mainly a quick tour of the underground ruins. If you're looking for in depth information, this place doesn't have it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

It was very interesting to see the remains of the palace and even a road underneath the city. The video at the beginning of the tour is definitely worth watching and very informative.

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Braine-l'Alleud, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

The day we went to visit this ancient part of Brussels, there was a group visit - so we got to eavesdrop and learn a bit more about the "old" streets of the Belgian capital city. Otherwise, I must admit there is nothing especially thrilling about the place that I can remember of. At least in comparison to other museums... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

Get a magnificant view of how Brussels looked like in the 15 th century! Wander through the old streets, chapel and see the the remainders of the huge palace. This place is amasing but still not very known to public. It was very impressive when I saw how they digged it out about 15-20 years ago. I've visites this place... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016

An archeological site and museum...it was the former Palace of Brussels when it used to sit on a hill. It is all underground and parts of it date back to the 12th century! Some of it is actually under the current Royal Palace.

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