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Royal Palace of Brussels

Enjoy a rare glimpse into the lives of the Belgian Royal Family. You may even catch sight of the King or Queen.

The Royal Palace of Brussels in the centre of the capital is the official palace of the King and Queen of Belgium, but the royals don’t actually live here. Instead, it’s where they work. Their main residence is actually located on the outskirts of Brussels. The Royal Palace is where state visits are held and it’s where Heads of State stay when in visiting the capital.

For more than 200 years, Belgian monarchs have worked from the Royal Palace and for most of the year it is closed to the public. However, since 1965, the doors have been opened in the summer months and the public has the opportunity to see the sumptuous rooms in all their glory and gain an insight into the lives of the King and Queen.

The palace is located in front of Brussels Park and facing the palace on the other side of the park is the Palace of the Nation, or the Belgian Federal Parliament building. The beautiful gardens that surround the palace make a fitting entrance to the palace and its imposing façade. In the late 19th century, King Leopold II decided that the palace wasn’t grand enough and he made various changes to the exterior, including the addition of various sculptures.

The palace opens to visitors after the national holiday on 21 July, until the beginning of September. Wander through the imposing Grand Hall with its collection of 19th century masterpieces, and the magnificent 45-metre long Throne Room, which is lit by 11 stunning chandeliers and an elaborate mosaic parquet floor. Art lovers also have an opportunity to see contemporary works from four of Belgium’s most critically acclaimed artists.

The Royal Palace of Brussels is located just east of downtown and can be reached by car or metro. There is ample street parking in the area for a modest fee. The palace gardens can be visited daily throughout the year, while in summer the interior can be accessed every day except for Monday. Admission is free.


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Warwick Brussels NZ$149
Warwick Brussels

Warwick Brussels

Rue Duquesnoy 5-7, Brussels
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Brussels hotel is located in the historical district, just steps away from Moof Museum and Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert. La Grand Place and Manneken Pis Statue are also within 5 minutes. Central Station is only a 3-minute walk and Bourse-Beurs Station is 7 minutes.

    Secret Suites Brussels Royal NZ$134
    Secret Suites Brussels Royal

    Secret Suites Brussels Royal

       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Upper Town, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Cirque Royal, Brussels Park and Belgian Comic Strip Center. Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and La Grand Place are also within 15 minutes. Parc Station and Madou Station are within a 5-minute walk.

      NH Collection Brussels Grand Sablon NZ$150
      NH Collection Brussels Grand Sablon

      NH Collection Brussels Grand Sablon

      Rue Bodenbroek 2/4, Brussels
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Upper Town, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Church of Our Blessed Lady of the Sablon and Place du Grand Sablon. Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and Manneken Pis Statue are also within 10 minutes. Petit Sablon Tram Stop and Royale Tram Stop are within a 5-minute walk.

        Hotel Résidence Le Quinze NZ$128
        Hotel Résidence Le Quinze

        Hotel Résidence Le Quinze

        Grand-place 15, Brussels
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Lower Town, this hotel is steps away from La Grand Place, Brussels City Hall and Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert. Manneken Pis Statue and Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium are also within 10 minutes. Central Station is only a 5-minute walk and Bourse-Beurs Station is 5 minutes.

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          Hotel Orts

          Hotel Orts

          Rue Auguste Orts 38 - 40, Brussels
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Lower Town, this hotel is steps away from Halles de Saint-Gery and Brussels Stock Exchange. La Grand Place and Manneken Pis Statue are also within 10 minutes. Bourse-Beurs Station is only a 2-minute walk and Anneessens Station is 6 minutes.

            Pillows City Hotel Brussels Centre NZ$168
            Pillows City Hotel Brussels Centre

            Pillows City Hotel Brussels Centre

            Parochiaansstraat 15-27, Brussels
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Upper Town, this boutique hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Cathedral of St. Michael and Brussels Park. La Grand Place and Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium are also within 10 minutes. Parc Station and Central Station are within a 5-minute walk.

              The Hotel NZ$340
              The Hotel

              The Hotel

              38 Boulevard de Waterloo, Brussels
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Upper Town, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Egmont Palace, Place du Petit Sablon and Law Courts of Brussels. Church of Our Blessed Lady of the Sablon and Place du Grand Sablon are also within 10 minutes. Louise-Louiza Station is only a 2-minute walk and Poelaert Tram Stop is 5 minutes.

                NH Brussels Grand Place Arenberg NZ$121
                NH Brussels Grand Place Arenberg

                NH Brussels Grand Place Arenberg

                15 Rue D Assaut, Brussels
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Lower Town, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Cathedral of St. Michael and Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert. La Grand Place and Manneken Pis Statue are also within 10 minutes. Central Station is only a 5-minute walk and De Brouckere Station is 6 minutes.