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Royal Palace (Palais Royal), Brussels
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See where the King and Queen of Belgium receive visitors at Royal Palace (Palais Royal). While the royal family's residence is just outside of the city, this palace serves as an official place for business and the reception of foreign dignitaries. Located directly in the center of the city in Brussels Park, the palace houses some of the best-loved pieces of furniture and art from generations of the royal family, such as stately portraiture, porcelain, and modern art. You can view some of the reception rooms when they are not in use. If the king is not there, the flag is raised; if he is, the honor guard is stationed outside. Combine your tour with a visit to the BELvue museum, a good place to start your visit and learn more about Belgium's royal family. A restaurant and summer cafe are located next door. Use our Brussels vacation planner to arrange your visit to Royal Palace (Palais Royal) and other attractions in Brussels.
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  • As Brussels and regularly passing in front of the Royal Palace, I find always majestic and impressive. In neoclassical style. Under the shades of the different periods of the year, you can see the color change, in summer, in winter in the snow with his tree. There is little excitement around the Palace except for the traditional July 21 and the hearings and official activities where you can see the guard on horseback or on foot in full and the brooms of limousines. The visit is free every summer after partying of the 2 & July till beginning of September. Each room is large and full of history, prestige salons, the staircase, the throne room, the Hall of mirrors is for me the most majestic, with its ceiling covered with millions of bluish-green beetles.
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  • I only walked around the palace and went to the park next door and it was quite fun to do. It's an interesting and pretty building. Would recommend taking a look 
  • classic European Royal Palace, although this develops in a square, a little out of the Centre itself and you can visit only in the summer
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  • I love this place. Very grand and the landscaping inside looks nice though I was not able to get inside the building. Taking a good photo outside is good enough for a remembrance of the place.
  • 6 weeks of the year (August - mid September) the royals go on vacation and let the public come in to the Royal Palace for free. Definitely worth doing once. The piece de Resistance is the last room with the beetle ceiling. Interesting... It should be seen if you're in town. If you're not in BXLS then, don't bother trying to ring the doorbell :D
  • I am no royalist but I love my country and its history. This place is really cool (I went there twice), you get to see some awesome paintings and rooms, and all that for free. It doesn't get any better than that.
  • Outstanding, friendly info, nice stuff. Impressive !!! Lucky to even see it inside for FREE. Thanks for the opportunity to have it shown to the public. May this continue for those who have not seen it. Salute! 🍺
  • Garden could be better compared to other palaces I have seen. Certain days in a year, you can visit inside free of charge..