Palace of Coudenberg

The ruins of the Palace of Coudenberg are a sample of the first Palace in Brussels. A place full of history of the Spanish era in Flanders. 

THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE FIRST PALACE 

The ancient Palaceof Brussels was built between the first half of the 11th century and the second half of the 12th century on the Hill of Coudenberg. It was a fortified castle and the forefront of defence for Brussels. It was the residence of the Duke of Brabant, who used to live in Leuven. As the power of the Duke increased, the Palace got richer and more important. The most famous of its rooms was Throne Room, built in the 15th century by Philip the Good

A PALACE LINKED TO THE SPANISH HISTORY 

In the famous Throne Room, known as the “Aula Magna”, the Emperor Charles V abdicated in favour of his son Philip II of Spain, who inherited the Crown in 1555. 

A PALACE IN RUINS 

This prestigious complex was unfortunately destroyed by a fire in 1731. In 1775, the current Palace was built. It was the official Royal Residence until 1830, when it was  moved to Laeken. 

Excavations of the site by different archeological organisations have unearthed various remains of different parts of the Palace as well as the surrounding town. The monumental vaults remaining under the square and its surrounding buildings can be visited. It remains as the most historic part of Brussels. 

COMBINED VISIT 

The visit to the Palace de Coudenberg can be combined with a visit to the Belvue Museum, a museum about the history of Belgium. 

VISITING HOURS 

Discover the Palace of Coudenberg with the Free Tour in Brussels.

Tuesday to Friday: 10:00h to 17:00h.
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00h to 18:00h.
Closed: on Mondays, the 1st of January and the 25th of December.
24th and 31st December: from 10:00h to 14:00h. 

PRICE ENTRANCE

Adults: €5. (Coudenberg + Belvue €8).
Senior citizens and groups of more than 15 people: € 4. (Coudenberg + Belvue €6).
18 to 25 years and unemployed people: €3. (Coudenberg + Belvue € 5).
Under 18: free entrance.

  LOCATION 

Place Royale, 1000 Brussels

 HOW TO GET TO THE PALACE OF COUDENBERG

  • Metro: Parc, lines 1 and 5.
  • Tram: Palais, lines 92 and 94.
  • Bus: Royale (lines 38 and 71) or Ducale (lines 21, 27, 71 and 95).

  SOME PLACES NEAR TO THE PALACE OF COUDENBERG

  • Grand Place (553 m)
  • European Parliament (957 m)
  • Belvue Museum (61 m)
  • Musical Instrument Museums (69 m)
  • Magritte Museum (86 m)
  • Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium (168 m)
  • Royal Palace of Brussels (183 m)