Palais du Coudenberg
Palais du Coudenberg
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11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
Once upon a time, the Coudenberg Palace towered over the city of Brussels. Charles V and many other of the most powerful rulers ever to reign in Europe made this princely residence their home between the 12th and 18th centuries, until it was consumed by a terrible fire. Every trace of this prestigious palace simply disappeared underground for many years. Today, however, these ruins constitute a fascinating archaeological site incorporating a network of underground passages and chambers. When you visit it you can explore the principal buildings of the palace and enjoy a stroll along the Rue Isabelle, which is now underground.
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sm05060
4,484 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
This old 12th Century Palace like so many others was destroyed by fire. You can visit the museum and take a tour underground with audio guides. It is close to Mon Des Artes and the Royal Palace. It was O.K but some of the other museums in Brussels are much better.
Written February 2, 2020
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D. Browning Gibson
539 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
Amongst the Top-5 Musts when visiting Brussels. Excellent archeological remains of the Coudenberg Palace provide visitors with glimpses into royal life of the 15th and 16th centuries.

A very interesting introductory film of about five to ten minutes starts the journey by inviting visitors into the history and landscape of the former palace. Exploration of the subterranean remains of the Chapel and Great Banqueting Hall await.

Well-signed in English, French, German, and Nederlands, the information provides wonderful context. A free app that guests access on their phone provides additional information, with a few entries having brief, recorded audio information. Worth a half day for lovers of history and archaeology.

I combined my visit with one to the BELvue Museum, aboveground and thoroughly enjoyed it as well.
Written December 19, 2022
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JRMADA
United States3,326 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We loved this place. So much history to be learned here… Make sure you follow the instructions on the map received at the front desk. This will give you a link to their audio guide. There is free WiFi, so there should be no problem getting to the link. If you don’t use the audio guide, you will not be able to follow the history and series of events. This place is not suitable for children under 10 and for people with mobility restrictions. We spent almost 2 hours here and enjoyed every minute of it. Find a time and day that is not very busy, so that you can take pics if you wish. Highly recommend it!
Written June 21, 2022
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SANI B
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
The whole city smells like wafles, Smurfs everywhere. Autumn becomes it perfectly.
The thing that intimidated me a bit is the difference between rich and poor as you can see a lot of tourist spending their money and passing by all the homeless people...
Written October 26, 2022
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Bianca W
London, UK1,542 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Solo

The Coudenberg is an old Palace that was lost to fire and later being paved over. The underground building has been excavated and can now be viewed.
There's an extensive audio guide, as well as two apps for families and groups with children.
It's quite chilly down in the big halls and underground streets, but absolutely worth a visit. Great piece of history.
Written April 8, 2022
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Emily
London, UK407 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Amazing & important archaeological site, lots have been uncovered, plenty of explanations provided as well as an audio guide in English on my phone.
Worth a visit, great piece of history.
But please keep in mind stairs and uneven surfaces!
Staff member on entrance was very friendly & helpful & spoke English.
Written May 23, 2022
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dma1969
Wausau, WI243 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Anything underground is always fascinating and this did not disappoint! We loved learning some history of Brussels and seeing the old palace. I was on crutches and managed but there are a lot of stairs, although some parts are accessible by elevator.
Written April 3, 2024
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BobN06
Avondale, PA664 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
A must see for any history or archeology fan. This is essentially a tour of part of the foundation of one of the former great palaces of Europe. So far the excavation of the chapel and banquet hall basements along with a street that ran alongside both has been accomplished - no small feat since the chapel is located under a street. Has some nice illustrations to orient you on where you are located in the original palace.
Written June 11, 2024
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Julia009
Portland, ME125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Couples
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 complex politics. Entrance to Coudenberg is through the museum. As we wandered the Coudenberg tunnels and rooms we came upon a string quintet practicing for the upcoming museum night, where museums are open throughout the night and musicians and dancers perform. It appeared that some of the musicians were playing old instruments from the nearby Museum of Musical Instruments. Unfortunately, our plane was flying out the next morning so we could attend the festivities. If you are in Brussels, do not miss this fascinating exhibit.
Written March 8, 2015
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David D
Darlington, United Kingdom22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2010 • Couples
Wandering around the 'Royal Quarter' of Brussels, most tourists aren't even aware that there is a museum UNDER their feet!! This hidden world is well worth the effort to find it - the entrance is through one of the (surface) museums off the main square - the 'Belvue! Museum" if memory serves. The museum is entirely self-guided using a concise multi-lingual booklet and as one descends to the lower level buildings and streets that were covered by subsequent developments, one starts to get an insight into a completely different Brussels. Any tourist interested in history will be entranced by the Palais Coudenberg. This isn't a good venue for very young children - too many steps, dim lighting and little to hold the attention of a young child's mind.
Written August 10, 2011
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