Coudenberg Palace

An underground tour discovering the palace of Charles V.

Once upon a time, the Coudenberg Palace towered over the city of Brussels. Charles V and many other of the most powerful rulers ever to reign in Europe made this princely residence their home between the 12th and 18th centuries, until it was consumed by a terrible fire. Every trace of this prestigious palace simply disappeared underground for many years.

Today, however, these ruins constitute a fascinating archeological site incorporating a network of underground passages and chambers.

When you visit it you can explore the principal buildings of the palace and enjoy a stroll along the Rue Isabelle, which is now underground.
  • Train: Central Station • Metro: stations Gare Centrale, Parc, Trône, Porte de Namur • Tram: 92, 93 (Royale, Palais) • Bus: 27, 38, 71, 95 (Royale) • Parking: place des Palais, Grand Sablon, parking Albertine (rue des Sols), place du Trône and rue Ducale
    Tourist buses: Parking Rue Ducale.
  • 1,5 Parc/Park
  • Opening times

    13/10/2020 - 29/12/2022: * monday, wednesday, friday, saturday and sunday: closed * tuesday and thursday: from 17:00 to 20:30

Brussels, 1521. During festivities at Coudenberg Palace, an important person dies in strange circumstances. Centuries later, ghosts now haunt the remains of the palace. What if there was a mystery to be solved? Would you dare to plunge underground to discover the truth? The Murder Mystery is a teambuilding activity taking place in the remains of Coudenberg Palace in the heart of Brussels, under the Place Royale. For one evening, come and discover this unique place through an exciting investigation full of twists and turns and colourful characters. Combining reflection, observation and teamwork, this is the ideal activity for teambuilding! Where? At Coudenberg Palace, an archaeological site located under Place Royale, in Brussels (entrance from 10 Place Royale). When? The activity can be booked every Tuesday and Thursday (except public holidays) from 5pm to 8.30pm. How? Players are divided into groups and organised according to arrival shifts every ten minutes. After a briefing with the game master, they have 2.5 hours to explore the site and discover its secrets! To do so, they must collect clues and testimonials using QR codes scattered throughout the remains. How much? - Less than 50 people: Fixed price of 400 € for the privatization of the site to which a fee of 20 € per person must be added - More than 50 people: Fixed price of 600 € for the privatization of the site to which a fee of 20 € per person must be added Available in English, French and Dutch. EN, FR and NL subtitles available for deaf and hard of hearing people. Info and reservation via