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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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Hop-on Hop-off Tours

Brussels Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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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Chocolate Tours

Brussels Chocolate Walking Tour and Workshop

Learn about the history of Brussels and its love affair with chocolate on a walking tour led by a guide. Walk past the Royal Palace and art nouveau architecture of Brussels and stop in exclusive chocolate boutiques for tastings as you go. After sampling truffles, pralines and more, attend a chocolate-making workshop where you'll learn the secrets behind the sweets.
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Brussels Full-Day Tour from Amsterdam

This day trip from Amsterdam takes you on a whirlwind tour through one of Belgium’s largest cities, Brussels. Experience beer, chocolate, diamonds and art, and learn about all-things Belgian from an informative guide. Enjoy a walking tour and snap a photo of the impish Manneken Pis in Brussels, and pick up delicious Belgian chocolates before returning to Amsterdam.
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Brussels Super Saver: Brussels Sightseeing Tour, Antwerp Half-Day Trip, Day Trip to Ghent and Bruges

See the splendid sights of three of Belgium’s most beautiful town’s with a Brussels Super Saver tour. Combine three popular tours and pay a discounted price to discover the historical and cultural highlights of Ghent, Brussels and Antwerp. Spend the first day touring the legendary landmarks of Antwerp and Brussels with an accomplished guide, then venture to the medieval myriad of Bruges and Ghent on the following day. Immerse yourself in the captivating history of the region and enjoy convenient round-trip transportation on this enriching tour.
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Brussels Half-Day City Tour

Discover the legendary landmarks and impressive monuments of Brussels on a half-day 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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Brussels Super Saver: Brussels Sightseeing Tour and Antwerp Half-Day Trip

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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Brussels Small Group Walking Tour

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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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Tour: Brussels Sightseeing Tour Including View of the City from the Basilica Dome

Discover the best of Brussels on a private 3-hour tour with a knowledgeable guide. Exploring by foot and air-conditioned transport, learn about the Belgian capital’s history as you see signature sights such the Mannekin Pis peeing boy statue and St Michael’s Cathedral. Admire the Grand Place, note the flamboyant buildings of the art nouveau quarter, absorb the views from the dome of the National Basilica of the Sacred Heart, and more. Your itinerary is flexible, so if you wish, ask your guide to tailor your sightseeing to your interests.
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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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A quality guided historical tour in small groups (in English)

Immerse yourself on a chronological journey through the historical city center. From wonderful highlights to our favourite hidden treasures known by few. In the royal galleries we ask ourselves why did a cloudy, rainy city become the pinnacle of exquisite chocolate? How did our Brussels' spontaneously fermented beers achieve its unique classification? Thoroughly convinced that Brussels is not a city that one loves at first sight, we have made it our duty to discover its secrets and its fascinating history to share its identity with you.As local Belgian guides, we left behind guided tours with massive groups where you can’t but feel part of a never ending script or routine. We want to share our passion for our city and its history with those who, like us, value quality over quantity. Focusing on a personal and authentic approach delivered through personal stories, relatable anecdotes and humorous tidbits.
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Ghent & Brussels departure from Bruges

Don’t let limited time in Bruges stop you exploring further afield. Tick off two other Belgian cities in just one day on a day trip that takes you to Ghent and Brussels and proves the ideal choice for time-pressed travelers. A guide takes care of arranging transport and sightseeing so you don’t have to, and ensures that you’re party to insider knowledge that you’re unlikely to find in the guidebook.
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BRUSSELS – Atomium and walk along Brussels Highlights

Enjoy the center of Brussels and visit the Atomium, nowadays the most popular touristic attraction and the symbol of Europe's capital.
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Brussels Super Saver: Private Brussels Sightseeing Tour plus Battle of Waterloo Tour

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Walking Tours

Brussels Mysteries and Legends Half-Day Walking Tour

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A Day in Brussels, Your Way

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Private Tour: Brussels Day Trip from Amsterdam

Enjoy a day in Brussels during your stay in Amsterdam with this private tour. Discover the architectural and historical highlights of Belgium’s capital city — including the Royal Palace, Manneken Pis, Atomium, and European Union — and savor Belgian beer, waffles and chocolate. Hear informative commentary from your chauffeur-guide, and wander Brussels at your leisure during free time after the panoramic tour. This private tour can accommodate a group of up to eight people.
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Brussels Highlights & Hidden Gems Private Tour

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Mystical Brussels Tour With Tasting

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.You 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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Brussels Retro Tour with oldtimer

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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BRUSSELS PRIVATE TOUR (MAX 30 PAX)

During the 2.5-hour free tour in Brussels, you will discover the main sights of the old town of Brussels. Starting at the majestic Grand Place, we will go all over the alleys and small streets of the city centre to discover the most beautiful corners of Brussels, a city full of History.We will visit the famous Manneken Pis, the murals of Tintin and the Royal Palace. We will walk through the elegant neighbourhood of Sablon, we will admire the majestic Courthouse and much more...Our Free Tour in Brussels is the best way to discover the city, headquarters of the institutions of the EU. Our style combines history, art and legend with entertainment and oddities.Everything you must see in Brussels, the best free walking tour of Brussels!!In our Free walking tour of Brussels will visit the following places:
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Cultural Tours

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Show Me Brussels ! Private sightseeing tours.

our private tour is specifically designed so that you will get to know Brussels intimately. Get ready to fall in love with this incredible city on your 4-hour exploration with us. On our tours you’ll discover the history that makes this city so fascinating, but also the modern vibe which gives Brussels its flair. You’ll get to see the must-see sights such as the Grand Palace and the Royal Palace and Park ...On a private tour your driver will be happy to tailor your experience on the day based on what you want to do and see. You’ll get personalised recommendations for where to eat and explore for the rest of your stay and of course, the chance to ask all the questions you wantA customized tour can be created in case you have special requests.
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Best of Brussels : Private Luxury Tour

Our visit leaves from the majestic Grand Place which was the cradle of medieval Brussels. Then you board our luxury car and our multilingual guide takes you to all the must-see highlights in the city center, but he also shows you the Atomium, the royal residence palace and the EU district. In short: this is a comprehensive tour of Brussels . Your guide is your host. He offers you countless suggestions and ideas of things to do while in Brussels and answers all your queries.If you are looking for a quality service, you should offer yourself this unforgettable and personal welcome to Brussels.
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  • 4 hours
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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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