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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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Tue - Fri 09:30 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

From the middle ages, a castle overlooked Brussels from Coudenberg hill....

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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Historic, architecture

Historic, interesting architecture details, like walking through an architectural excavation. Self directed tour with explanation in English and other languages

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 December 2016
San Diego, California
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The attraction itself was quite interesting, but we had an issue with how it was managed. We arrived about 3.30pm, it closes at 5pm. We made our way through the rooms/ corridors reading about what we were seeing. This was quite interesting. At approx 4.40pm we headed towards the final section of the route. You have to go outside and... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

Historic, interesting architecture details, like walking through an architectural excavation. Self directed tour with explanation in English and other languages

Thank DawnWW7
Berlin, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

We spent there recently 1,5 hours. It is really exciting to see how Bruxelles developed. Audio guide is recommend, otherwise you will miss the information. Better than an audio guide is to get explanations from the staff. We got a lot of informations from a young student who volunteers there. Thanks Henrietta

Thank K K
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

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

Thank Marianne P
Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016 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.

Thank gnewt88
Brussels, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

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 

Thank AnnefromBelgium111
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

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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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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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 

Thank Peter D
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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