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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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  • We went here just to get the feeling of where the King did the business of state every day. It was beautiful and so easy to see. We did get to get a glimpse of the Queen on here way home to the palace...  more »
  • But it doesnt have anything else. I was expecting a lot of people there but there were no one but us. I dont know if it was the time we went but still beautiful.  more »
  • I'm an avid photographer, so for me travel is largely based on places and things to photograph. This amazing building leaves nothing to be desired. The grounds are immaculately kept. Highly recommend ...  more »
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  • DOV: 20Feb2014 This is official palace of King and queen of Belgium and located at center of Brussels. This is a great and attractive building with an excellent garden on the front. 'Brussels garden', containing large area is just in front crossing the road. You can spend hours here.
  • Beautiful building, one of the symbols of Brussels. Palace of the Royal family, it hosts only ceremonies (the King lives at Laeken).
  • Impressive building, but the street just ahead seams to large for the day to day city life. At times is daunting to cross with all the buses and cars...
  • Another must visit in Brussels! Amazing Palace! Saw the guard changing shift. Not as grand as London ones though.
  • Amazing palace to visit with looking like a real king palace and the guard statues are funny.

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Where to stay in Brussels

It's easy to find accommodations in Brussels for nearly any budget. Tourists generally gravitate to the area surrounding Grand-Place, the city's main square. Also consider staying near Stephanie Square Centre and Boulevard de Waterloo, which are both centrally located. As Europe's unofficial capital, the city boasts a wealth of high-end hotels for visiting diplomats, concentrated along glitzy Avenue Louise. Those looking for a low-budget option will find a host of hostels scattered around the Grand-Place and within walking distance to the city's main attractions.
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