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Coudenberg Palace

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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...more
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Place des Palais 7, Brussels 1000, Belgium
+32 2 500 45 54
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 8 March 2015

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...More

4  Thank Julia009
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 27 January 2013

Granted, it IS exciting to walk through streets and tunnels that have been there for more than 500 years. But I found that the excitement rapidly declines after the second tunnel or so. Aside from the tunnels there is not much else to see, really....More

2  Thank Philipp H
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We didn’t know about this place until we were at the Bellevue museum and we were glad we visit them too. It has a medieval feeling

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Coudenberg Palace is a very interesting site to visit. A hidden gem in the centre of Brussels! Absolutely worth visiting for history lovers.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There was once a Palace on Coudenberg Hill from the 11th century until its destruction in 1731. The ruins of this palace are now under the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium.

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Reviewed 16 October 2018 via mobile

Much bigger than you expect, Coudenberg Palace offers a massive area of underground palace cellar ruins and streets (now covered over) to explore. The models along the way help to envisage what it was like originally. Interesting little bit at the end as well to...More

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Reviewed 29 September 2018

This was the ruins of coudenburg palace which was burnt. There was also a museum of artefacts as well

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Reviewed 25 August 2018

Don't expect beautiful rooms and hallways … it's a former palace and you will see the remains. The architectural vaults in the cellars, the octagonal pillars that used to support the chapel, an old road and much more. At the end there is also a...More

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Reviewed 19 August 2018 via mobile

Didn't have much time to explore here, but it was still an amazing sight. Would like to return to find out more.

Thank Mooruk
Reviewed 9 August 2018

Belgium has national giants and boasts about it ... they are paraded on national day and we were lucky to witness!! A visit to Coudenberg is worth seeing old archaeological site underneath the ground and an exhibition of Belgian giants!!

Thank manojmka
Reviewed 4 August 2018

The Coudenberg Palace is now largely an underground archaeological ruin. It had a temporary exhibition of the famous carnival giants when we visited. You buy tickets at the same desk as for BELvue. The wifi, which gives a commentary, was not very good. So, unless...More

1  Thank ShaunH290
Reviewed 25 June 2018

Not the easiest museum to find in Brussels, but worth the search. This underground exploration of the early life of the capital is a fascinating look back in history. From old buildings to cobble streets, it's well worth the trip.

Thank Murray F
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