From the middle ages, a castle overlooked Brussels from Coudenberg hill. From the 12th century the successive monarchs and their representatives transformed a small fortified castle into a sumptuous residential palace, one of the most beautiful palaces of Europe and one of Charles V’s main residences.
The prestigious building was severely damaged by fire in 1731. Some forty years later, the ruins of the palace were pulled down and the grounds were flattened out enabling the reconstruction of a new royal district. The remains of this palace make up the Coudenberg archaeological site.
During your visit, you will discover the Rue Isabelle and the old structures of the main buildings of the former palace of Brussels, which are the foundations of the actual royal district, and the Hoogstraeten House with its magnificent and completely restored Gothic gallery . These were the most interesting discoveries made during the various archaeological excavations conducted on the Coudenberg.