Coudenberg - Former Palace of Brussels
An underground tour exploring the remains of the Palace of
Since the Middle Ages, a princely residence has looked down over the city of Brussels from the Coudenberg hill. This architectural ensemble, which developed from the 12th century onwards, is one of the finest palaces in Europe and one of the main residences of Charles V.
This famous building was badly damaged by fire in February 1731. Forty years later, the ruins of the palace were razed to the ground and levelled to make way for the Place Royale district. The remains of that edifice make up the archaeological site of Coudenberg.
During the course of your visit, you’ll discover Rue
Isabelle and the main buildings of the former
Palace of Brussels, which serve as foundations for the
present-day royal district, as well as Hoogstraeten
House where the finest archaeological discoveries made
during the various excavations carried out on the Coudenberg site