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Coudenberg - Former Palace of Brussels

Place des Palais 7, Brussels 1000, Belgium
+32 2 500 45 54
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From 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.
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Place des Palais 7, Brussels 1000, Belgium
+32 2 500 45 54
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Former Palace very cool to see ! Not your traditional Museum!! Reasonably priced , easy to get to and right by the currant palace !!!

Thank Mrsloco
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My favorite part of my visit to Coudenberg was the free audio guide available on my smartphone. I really enjoyed the information it had about the site and it was helpful to see pictures and descriptions about what some features were. At times it was...More

Thank eflah
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For some reason I enjoy walking through tunnels (roads) that have been covered for centuries... there isn't that much to see but it is well labeled - as well as the audioguide (3 euros) you can connect to their wifi (coudenberg) and use your own...More

Thank mashie44
Reviewed 17 June 2017

We went as a group - 2 families, 4 kids total. The price was 28 euros for 8 people (kids were free). It's a self-guided tour mostly underground where you can admire the castle ruins and imagine the grandeur it once had been. The kids...More

Thank olasweetmol
Reviewed 28 May 2017

this was a 12 th century castle of Charles 5 . loacated on a hill overlooking the city of brussels . worth seeing

Thank avsharma
Reviewed 21 May 2017

The Coudenberg is connected to the BELvue Museum, so if you're going to the BELvue you might as well see the Coudenberg. Upon checking in for the BELvue I was handed a round coin to use at the turnstiles that allowed me down the stairs....More

Thank appetite4trvl
Reviewed 20 May 2017

Not sure if this is a hidden gem or if I was just rewarded for being an early bird but I went when it first opened and quite literally had the place to myself. Was an intriguing blend of tourist site and active archaeological dig...More

Thank pixelyn
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

For the people how loves to now something more about the important history of Brussels! Love to walk on the original pavements and floors. It is sad that the castle was never rebuild. It is pithy that the huge maquette from the castle is not...More

Thank Thomas S
Reviewed 20 April 2017

This is a must-do... its an absolutely fascinating insight into old Brussels history - you venture underground to see the old streets and buildings of the old Royal Palace. Its really atmospheric and informative. Well worth a visit.

Reviewed 17 April 2017

We spent about 2 hours here, touring the site, and walking through the museum afterwards. Its pretty interesting, and worth the time and fairly low admission cost. It's pretty cool there,so I suspect it would be great in the summer or if its raining. My...More

Thank Lynda C
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