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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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In to the Dungeons

A well maintained underground remnants of the former Palace. You can walk along the well marked routes and view each point which is very clearly marked, explained and described in... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 October 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I loved Coudenberg. It's a little hidden gem bang in the center of town. I thought it was a museum but it turned out to be an underground ancient city. Brilliant for a hot day

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Thank Marianne P
Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Coudenberg was a fantastic place to explore with little scooby doo fans. We enjoyed reading about the history of the place as well as looking out for traps and baddies. We really enjoyed our visit here.

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Thank gnewt88
Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a relative newly opened museum, and an intriguing one. Above ground one gets a glimpse of the grand sparkly white architecture of the royal palace (it is in fact its right wing). But most exciting for me are the underground corridors and spaces, where it becomes clear how the levels of the surrounding streets have changed over the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Huge archaeological complex, very well organized to walk around. The guide book provided with admission is very helpful in understanding what everything is. Definitely worth a visit

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Thank Andrew M
Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

Lots of signage in three languages (Dutch, French and English) which was useful. The guide that you are given also follows the numbered points around the site well. I actually found it a little mysterious or eerie going underground and hearing the rumbling of the cars on the roads above (I was on my own on a very quiet day... More 

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Thank GAF00Die
Antwerp, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Underground ruins going back to the 12th century. A couple of important events in the life of Charles V took place in this palace, thus making this sumptuous residential palace the most important building in the world during the first half of the 16th century. Destroyed by fire and pulled down in the 18th century. A very quiet walk in... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Today's tourist usually wants to take pictures of what he sees. This visit is different. It gives you an image of a perished and forgotten palace and an era almost no tourist visiting Brussels thinks about. However, the story behind it is so great. It should not be missed. Accept to be underground for an hour or two, and you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Happened upon this as part of the Brussels Card and wish I knew about it earlier. It is hard to imagine what this city used to be like so this helps you to understand the significance of the city. Walking through the rubble is interesting because you realize that the current city is above you and people and trams are... More 

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Pune, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

A well maintained underground remnants of the former Palace. You can walk along the well marked routes and view each point which is very clearly marked, explained and described in various languages including English. Adequate number of washrooms too are provided for the convenience of the visitors. Entry is paid.

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Sudbury, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

We went to Coudenberg today and were the only three people there. It was so cool. Worth the small cost of admission. You have to get tickets at the front of the museum and you exit out a different place altogether. We had a great time wandering around without anyone else there.

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