Visit to the Royal Palace of Brussels: timetables, prices and advice

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The Palais Royal in Brussels is one of the most famous buildings in the city, and is located south of the Brussels Park. Here there are some ministries, meeting rooms, rooms reserved for heads of state visiting Brussels but not the monarchy, which currently lives in the Laeken Palace.
The palace has been open to the public since 1965 and is one of Brussels' must-see attractions.

Index

  1. Hours and prices
  2. Online tickets and guided tours
  3. What to see and how to visit the Royal Palace
  4. Where is it and how to get there
  5. Useful tips for visiting the attraction
  6. Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
  7. User questions and comments

Hours and prices

  • 10: 30-17: 00 from Tuesday to Sunday from July to mid-September. For the rest of the year, only the park is accessible to the public
  • Best time to avoid queues: early in the morning
  • free

Online tickets and guided tours

What to see and how to visit the Royal Palace

The Royal Palace is one of the most important attractions in Brussels, still used today as a venue for important events. For this reason, it is possible to visit it only at certain times of the year, which coincide with the holidays of the Royals.

The only rooms accessible to the public I'm:



  • The Grand Staircase, where portraits of Queen Paola and King Albert II are exhibited;
  • Goya Room, where precious Spanish tapestries are exhibited;
  • Small White Room, wedding gift to Louise Marie and King Leopold I;
  • Vase Room, built in the early 800th century;
  • Large White Room, furnished with imperial furniture;
  • Grand Hall, with frescoed ceilings by Leon-Charles Cardon;
  • the Music Room, Throne Room, Mirror Room, Blue Room and the Marshals' Room.

The outdoor gardens are accessible all year round, and often host concerts and various other events, listed from time to time on the royal palace website.



Where is it and how to get there

  • On foot: 10 minutes from the Central Station. From the square take Kantersteen / Cantersteen towards Baron Hortastraat / Rue Baron Horta; then continue until Koningsstraat / Rue Royale which will be on the right. Continue on the street until you see Paleizenplein / Place des Palais on the left. Follow the road until you reach the square, the Royal Palace is on the right - Get directions
  • By bus: Royale (lines 38 and 71) or Ducale (lines 21, 27, 71 and 95)
  • By metro: Parc, lines 1 and 5 - more info on transport in Brussels

Useful tips for visiting the attraction

  1. Get up early: Most visitors tend to arrive around lunchtime so to avoid queues, it's best to be there at opening hours
  2. Buy the city card: if you are interested in visiting other museums or attractions in the city, you can buy the Brussels City Card (from € 26,00) and save on transport and admissions
  3. Watch out for restrictions: pay attention to the ban on smoking in the open air
  4. Minimum time: the ideal would be to be able to dedicate at least an hour to the visit

Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief

Completed in the early 13s, the Royal Palace of Brussels houses many important works, and boasts majestic interiors, including the ceiling of the Hall of Mirrors, the reception rooms and the Throne room. The adjacent park, Warandepark, measures more than hectares of land.

Walking in the park you can find more than 60 statues, fountains, classical style doors and pavilions where numerous shows are held in the summer.




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