One of the most popular buildings in the city, the Royal Palace of Brussels (Palais Royal), is located in the heart of the European capital. Located in the upper area of Brussels, it is the emblem of the most elegant part of the city, within a few-minute walk from the Grand Place, the Law Courts or the Sablon neighbourhood.
THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE ROYAL PALACE
The 19th century palace begins to be built during the Dutch era, the king being William I. At the time of Leopold II, the Palace in the centre of Brussels went through several reforms to end up in its current aspect. The architect, Alphonse Balat, was in charge of the works, which were completed in 1865. Leopold II was also responsible for the works of the new Royal residence in Laeken. The Palace of Laeken is the current royal residence of Belgian Kings.
THE CURRENT FUNCTION OF THE PALACE
The current role of the Palace is mainly to host events, meetings and receptions for the heads of State who are invited to Belgium. We must bear in mind that the Royal residence is in Laeken from 1831, close to the Atomium and the Church of Our Lady of Laeken, where the Belgian Kings are buried.
ODDITIES ABOUT THE PALACE
If the flag of Belgium is at the top of the building, we know that the king is in the Royal Palace.
The paintings from the walls of the Palace represent the coronation of Philip II in 1555, when Charles V abdicated. This event took place in the ancient Palace of Coudenberg, which was a different building from the current one. You can visit the ruins of the ancient Palace in the Coudenberg Museum.
WHEN CAN WE VISIT THE ROYAL PALACE?
It is only possible to visit the Royal Palace of Brussels during a specific time throughout the year. From July the 21st, the National Day of Belgium, until mid-September, you can visit some of its rooms.
Discover the Royal Palace of Brussels with the Free Tour in Brussels.
From 10:00h to 16:30h, Tuesday to Sunday. Closed on Mondays
Open from 21 July until mid-September.
Free of charge.
Rue Brederode 16, B-1000 Brussels
HOW TO GET THE ROYAL PALACE
- 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 THE ROYAL PALACE
- Grand Place (553 m)
- European Parliament (957 m)
- Belvue Museum (132 m)
- Palace of Coudenberg (183 m)
- Musical Instrument Museum (252 m)
- Magritte Museum (260 m)
- Brussels Park (300 m)