Place Royale and Mont des Arts

You are rather "Dynasty"

From Henry I of Brabant to the Archdukes Albert and Isabelle via Philippe le Bon, do you know them all?

The Place Royale will please you. It is located on the site of the former Coudenberg Palace, the high place of power of the Dukes of Brabant.

Dating from the 11th century, it was finally destroyed in a fire in 1731.

The statue of Godefroid de Bouillon, the first Christian king of Jerusalem, dominates the current square, not far from the Royal Palace where the Belgian sovereign holds his “offices”.

Its presence is signified by the Belgian flag which flies above the Palace. In his absence, it is withdrawn.

You are rather "Underground"

Are you tempted by a walk under the Place Royale? Never mind ! The remains of the former Coudenberg Palace are now almost entirely accessible to the public.

In these underground passages which resemble a labyrinth of the Middle Ages, you will discover the history of Brussels for almost 7 centuries.

Rue Isabelle, which led to the Sainte-Gudule cathedral and the cellars of the Hôtel Hoogstaeten can also be visited.

Starting point: the Bellevue Museum, located between Place Royale and Place des Palais.

You are more of an “Artist”

On the Mont des Arts, the junction point between the upper and lower parts of the city, museums are springing up like mushrooms. If you don't have a lot of time in front of you, don't hesitate.

Under no circumstances should you miss the Museum of Musical Instruments from where you will have an unobstructed view of the city centre.

It presents a collection of more than 7000 instruments in one of the most beautiful Art Nouveau buildings in the capital.

The Royal Museums of Fine Arts are also a must for anyone who wants to discover the works of the great masters of Flemish painting (Bosch, Bruegel).

The Contemporary Art section is just as exciting. Every weekend, you can buy a one-day "Mont des Arts pass" for 11 euros which allows you to attend concerts, access the various museums and the Coudenberg archaeological site.

After your visits, you will only have to take a few steps to relax on the terraces of the cafés in the nearby Sablon district.

Also discover our activity: Private tour of Brussels

Practical information
Official website of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium 
For additional information on other museums 
All the information on the “Pass Mont des Arts”

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