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Brussels Royal Palace (Palais Royal de Bruxelles) Tours

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Brussels Royal Palace (Palais Royal de Bruxelles)
Dating back to the 18th century and fronted by the idyllic Parc de Bruxelles (Brussels Park), the Royal Palace of Brussels (or Palais Royal Bruxelles) might no longer be the official residence of Belgium’s royal family, but it remains one of the capital’s most magnificent landmarks and the site of various royal and state events. 

The Basics
Visitors can explore the lavish State Rooms, designed by Alphonse Balat for King Leopold II, and marvel at the grand marble staircase, glittering chandeliers, and opulent furnishings. Highlights include the Goya Room, with its striking Goya-inspired tapestries; the Mirror Room, with its mesmerizing jeweled ceiling; the Empire Room ballroom; and the dazzling Throne Room.

Most Brussels sightseeing tours include a stop to admire the grand palace facade, while independent visitors can explore at their own pace on a hop-on hop-off tour or enjoy a walking tour of the surrounding Parc de Bruxelles. Guided tours of the palace are also possible during the annual summer opening.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Visits to the palace during the summer opening are free but only possible as part of an official guided tour.
  • The palace is fully wheelchair accessible.

How to Get There
The palace is located on Place de Palais at the south side of the Parc de Bruxelles (Brussels Park), about a mile (1.3 kilometers) southeast of downtown Brussels. Trams 92, 93, and 94 all pass the palace, while the nearest metro stations are Trone and Parc. 

When to Get There
It’s possible to admire the palace exteriors all year round, but the Royal Palace opens its doors to the public each summer, from the National Holiday on July 21 to September, when it’s open daily except Mondays. 
Address: Place du Palais, Brussels 1000, Belgium
Hours: Open July to mid-September, 10:30am - 5pm (last entry 3:45pm)
Admission: Free
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Brussels Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Brussels Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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See the city’s must-see sights and cultural delights on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. Relish the freedom and flexibility of this tour and disembark at your choice of 22 stops whenever an attraction captures your attention. Absorb the charming ambience and historical highlights of the city from the comfort of an open-top double-decker bus and listen to informative audio commentary in a variety of languages. Hop off the bus to explore alluring attractions like the Grand Place, the European Parliament and the iconic Atomium during this enriching excursion.
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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The Grand Brussels Experience Coach Tour

The Grand Brussels Experience Coach Tour

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Discover the legendary landmarks and impressive monuments of Brussels on a bus and walking tour of the beautiful Belgian capital. Set out to explore the sights with a knowledgeable guide; marvel at the medieval majesty of the Market Square; gaze at the remarkable façade of the City Hall; and uncover the secret recipes behind delectable Belgian chocolate during a tasting session included on the afternoon tour. Enjoy convenient hotel pickup and drop-off from selected Brussels hotels.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.95
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Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of Brussels Private Tour

Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of Brussels Private Tour

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Explore Brussels without the hassle of planning on a private tour tailored to your needs and interests. In addition to navigating, your guide provides little-known facts and stories about the city’s top landmarks and hidden gems, from the Manneken Pis to a medieval puppet theater. One beer on the house is included and a range of departure times are offered for your convenience.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$70.71
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Brussels Super Saver: Brussels Sightseeing Tour and Antwerp Half-Day Trip

Brussels Super Saver: Brussels Sightseeing Tour and Antwerp Half-Day Trip

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Combine two incredible tours and save money with this Brussels Super Saver for a comprehensive cultural experience of Belgium. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, feast your senses on the architectural majesty of Brussels during a sightseeing tour; see alluring attractions like the Houses of Parliament and the Grand Place before heading to Antwerp to discover revered artworks and sparkling diamonds. Be dazzled by a diamond factory and marvel at some of Rubens’ master artworks at the Cathedral of Our Lady.
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  • 8 hours
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$77.90
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Brussels Mysteries and Legends Half-Day Walking Tour

Brussels Mysteries and Legends Half-Day Walking Tour

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Unravel the complex mysteries and enigmatic secrets of Brussels on a half-day walking tour of the Belgian capital. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, learn of the secret societies and Illuminati associations throughout the city and visit ancient churches shrouded in legend. Stroll the iconic center of Grand Place to hear intriguing tales of its history and then revitalize with a drink in the bar said to have inspired renowned artist, Magritte.
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  • 4 hours
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Best of Brussels : Private Luxury Tour

Best of Brussels : Private Luxury Tour

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Avoid the crowds and hassle of a group tour and enjoy a richer experience of Brussels in the company of just your party and a guide. This private tour takes you around the city in a luxury vehicle, visiting all the must-see highlights in the city center, as well as the Atomium, the royal residence palace, and the E.U. district.
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  • 4 hours
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$298.40
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Brussels Retro Tour with oldtimer

Brussels Retro Tour with oldtimer

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A Classic Tour with a local twist ! Climb aboard our legendary Combi VW van for a local driver-guided visit! Our local driver will comment this road trip with historical/surrealistic anecdotes that will makes you understand the belgian spirit and way of living.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Cool Guided Brussels BikeTour

Cool Guided Brussels BikeTour

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See more in 3,5 hours by bike than in 3 days on foot! No boring explication - fun facts - short stops - pleasure and experience. See the 10 different views of Brussels just like your are visiting 10 different cities ;-)
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Brussels Small Group Walking Tour

Brussels Small Group Walking Tour

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See the best of Brussels on a 3-hour walking tour to the area’s top landmarks. In addition to navigating the winding streets for you, your guide offers little-known anecdotes about each stop on the itinerary, from the Grand Palace to the Manneken Pis. This tour is limited to a group of 10 people, which ensures a more personal experience and plenty of time for questions.
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  • 3 hours
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$48.60
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Brussels Private Walking Tour

Brussels Private Walking Tour

Explore the top sites of Brussels with a local guide with this private walking tour of the Belgian capital. You'll start at the famous Grand Place, the city's central square, and make your way to the nearby Manneken Pis statue. You'll then visit the beautiful Saint-Hubert Royal Galleries shopping arcades before heading to the Museum of the City of Brussels, the Town Hall, and the Royal Palace.
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  • 3 hours
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Gourmet Tour in Brussels

Gourmet Tour in Brussels

Belgium is well known as the land of culinary treats, which span from decadent waffles to savory dishes. What is the legend of Belgium fries (frites)? What is the special way to prepare it? What is so special about the sauce? In one of the tasting stops, you will find out! You will learn about Belgium cuisine, culture, architecture, and history. You will capture Brussels spirit by visiting the most impressive places in the Old Town. On the way, you will try Belgium beer. What is must try? How many kinds of beers Belgium have? We are sure, that the number will surprise you. The local guide will show you the best place to try chocolate! And of course, famous Belgium wafles! Did you know that there are 2 types of waffles that originated in Belgium? What's the most common way to serve it?
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Brussels: City Tour by Car

Brussels: City Tour by Car

Explore Brussels by private car and get to know the cultural and culinary highlights of the city. Together with the experienced local guide, You will have a remarkable time in the city. There are many surprising attractions in Brussels. You will find almost 90 museums, beautiful squares, parks, fascinating paths, trendy restaurants, and bars. With our charismatic guide, you will see the most important of these attractions and learn more about their history. You will also get to know Belgian cuisine: Mussels, French fries, Flemish carbonade, beer, waffles, speculoos and of course chocolate. Look forward to an impressive tour of Brussels by car, which will reveal the beauty of this city to you.
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  • 3 hours
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Mystical Brussels Tour With Tasting

Mystical Brussels Tour With Tasting

Ticking through Brussels’ tourist sights is one thing, but experiencing its hidden corners—and local secrets—is quite another. Do both on this private walking tour, with a guide to introduce you to its signature attractions, tucked-away places, and food scene. See the old city walls, stroll the Grand Place, discover underground lanes, hear quirky legends, and sample the city’s celebrated chocolate and beer, all in one outing.
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  • 3 hours
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Tell Me About Brussels! | Perfect Introduction | PayWhatYouWant with Booking Fee

Tell Me About Brussels! | Perfect Introduction | PayWhatYouWant with Booking Fee

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If you want a local to show you around using a mix of humour, stories of Belgium & its history and genuine tips & tricks to get to know Brussels quickly: look no further. Together we have many years of experience in doing exactly that. The city has a rich history and transformed into the capital of Belgium and of Europe. Brussels is hard to describe as it's not just a city. It's more like a concept (like Belgium itself). There's an enormous amount of things to consider: it's the birthplace of world-famous comics, there are 80 museums, politicians from 27 countries, 3 official languages and even more unofficial ones, it was at the heart of both WWI and WWII and people from 184 different nationalities are living in it. And of course, there's beer, chocolate, fries and WAFFLES. Join us and we'll introduce you to everything Brussels has to offer!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Historical Tour

Historical Tour

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What if I told you that you could visit Brussels in a 100% electric Tuk Tuk with comfortable seats, 9" LED screens and enjoy the city from another point of view? Discover Brussels in a green, fun and original way and embark on our Tuk Tuk tour for a truly innovative experience! A unique discovery of Brussels by real Brusseleirs on board of a non-polluting vehicle in a private and intimistic atmosphere. Definitely the best Private Tour in Brussels ! And if you want to add some glamour, Champagne is an option !
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  • 1 hour
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$89.40
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2-Hours Private Sightseeing Trip in Brussels

2-Hours Private Sightseeing Trip in Brussels

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The city of Brussels has a complicated structure and surprises with contrasts of architectural styles. It is almost impossible to understand the city without seeing the iconic sights of the Belgian capital. Our team offers a unique experience of 2 hours express-trip by car to show the Brussels corners which are rarely reached by ordinary tourists. Our professional English-speaking chauffeur will drive you to the Atomium - a symbol of Brussels. We will guide you through Notre Dame du Laeken, Palace of Laeken- the residence of Royale Family, exotic monuments: Japanese Tower and Chinese Pavilion. Another magnificent place to see and to take pictures is Royale Parc and Palace. On our way to Palace of Justice, you will see Notre Dame du Sablon- a remarkable Late Gothic church. And for dessert we make a stop so you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Belgian capital. With our trip, Brussels will be a real discovery for you!
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  • 2 hours
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Best of Brussels Half-Day Tour with a licensed Guide and Private Driver

Best of Brussels Half-Day Tour with a licensed Guide and Private Driver

Belgium is a small country with a big history. The city of Brussels has a complicated structure and surprises with contrasts of architectural styles. Our team of a professional tour guide and a licensed chauffeur offers a unique experience of 4 hours tour by car to show Brussel's most significant historical places which are rarely reached by ordinary tourists. Our professional English-speaking guide will show you the most famous symbols and attractions of Brussels. We will guide you through Basilica of the Sacred Heart with a breathtaking view, Atomium, and Palace of Justice. And for dessert we make a stop so you can enjoy a second panoramic view over the Belgian capital. With our tour, Brussels will be a real discovery for you!
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  • 4 hours
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$262.45
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Funny tour in Brussels. The must see points

Funny tour in Brussels. The must see points

Интересный, динамичный индивидуальный тур по центру Брюсселя. Мы показываем любимый город, его историю и актуальную жизнь. Меняем маршрут под ваши ожидания и настроение. Иногда мы гуляем по 12 км, а иногда дегустируем шоколад, пиво, вафли и не спеша прогуливаемся по центру города. Пешеходная экскурсия захватывает основные достопримечательности и еще чуть-чуть. Приходите, будет интересно!
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  • 2 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$200.82
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Tasting Brussels Walking Tour

Tasting Brussels Walking Tour

You will see all you ever wanted to see in Brussels. Taste our beer and chocolats, and learn abouth our history!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$89.40
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Gourmet Tour in Brussels

Gourmet Tour in Brussels

Belgium is well known as the land of culinary treats, which span from decadent waffles to savory dishes. What is the legend of Belgium fries (frites)? What is the special way to prepare it? What is so special about the sauce? In one of the tasting stops, you will find out! You will learn about Belgium cuisine, culture, architecture, and history. You will capture Brussels spirit by visiting the most impressive places in the Old Town. On the way, you will try Belgium beer. What is must try? How many kinds of beers Belgium have? We are sure, that the number will surprise you. The local guide will show you the best place to try chocolate! And of course, famous Belgium wafles! Did you know that there are 2 types of waffles that originated in Belgium? What's the most common way to serve it?
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$860.28
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Mystical Brussels Tour With Tasting

Mystical Brussels Tour With Tasting

Edit Every city has its own secrets and mystical places. Discover a different and exciting face of Brussels! An experienced and charismatic guide will reveal secrets, which are hidden in Brussels' streets. The guide is local so you will easily find the special, unknown places in the city. Do you know where is the birthplace of the city? Why the river is underground? You will see the old city walls, towers, churches, the Grand Place and Coudenburg Museum. The professional guide will take You to the mysterious underground streets. Did You hear the magical story about the rabbit? Do You know why Brussels people are called chicken eaters? You will hear all the answers on the tour. You will listen to funny stories and legends too. u will learn about Belgium food history. Do You want to try the best chocolate in the city? The guide will lead You to the right place. What about the original Gueuze or Krieek beer? It is must try in Brussels! Chocolate and beer tasting is included in the tour.
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  • 3 hours
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Discover Belgium in Three Days - 1 Brussels Coach Tour For Free

Discover Belgium in Three Days - 1 Brussels Coach Tour For Free

Discover Belgium's most popular cities in three days! Buy this and you get a City Tour of Brussels Coach Tour for free. Ghent and Bruges Discover Flanders’ two most enchanting cities and follow your guide on his walking tour way back in time! Leuven Medieval Leuven: a fairy tale city, so trendy, young and smart. Leuven is one of the oldest university cities in Europe where brilliant minds and international researchers feel at home. The city should absolutely be in your bucketlist as it is full to the brim with things to see and to experience. Antwerp Antwerp has it all! It is not only the city of the famous painter Rubens. It is also the global capital of diamond trade and it is home to the most beautiful railway station in the world.
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  • 4 days
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Private Tour - The Grand Brussels Experience Coach Tour

Private Tour - The Grand Brussels Experience Coach Tour

Exploring Brussels on your own is fabulous, no doubt about it. But private, customized tours offer ease, efficiency, and insight that you might otherwise miss. As a guest on a private tour you can ask us to personalize your route in order to hit those city highlights which are of keen interest to you. Enjoy personal attention from your private guide. The walking pace is fully adapted to your capability. The tour is child friendly and guests with reduced mobility are welcome.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Walk & Explore Bruxelles with the interactive Qula City Trail

Walk & Explore Bruxelles with the interactive Qula City Trail

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Price per group of 2-6 people. Within 2 hours the Bruxelles City Trail will guide you along the best spots in Bruxelles, while playing fun riddles and assignments on your smartphone. Try to set a top score with family or friends and explore the city. There are no fixed starting times or reservations, you pick your own day and time. The Trail is available 24/7 and there is no time limit - you can start, pause and stop whenever it suits you! It's offered in multiple languages (Eng, Ger, Fr, Ned, Sp, It and more).The City Trail is great fun and the most affordable outing for families and groups of friends. How does it work? With your booking, you will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to play the Trail on your smartphone. Android or IPhone compatible. Once at the starting point, you begin your quest through the city, it's that easy!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$34.75
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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are Brussels Royal Palace (Palais Royal de Bruxelles) hours of operation?
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Brussels Royal Palace (Palais Royal de Bruxelles) hours of operation: Open July to mid-September, 10:30am - 5pm (last entry 3:45pm). Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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What's the best way to experience Brussels Royal Palace (Palais Royal de Bruxelles)?