Centre of power : the Royal Palace of Brussels opens its doors
The Royal Palace of Brussels is open to the public all summer. Take a tour to get an insider’s look at the country’s seat of power.
It’s official ! The Royal Palace of Brussels will open its doors to the public for a limited time between 22 July and 2 September 2018. The event, which starts just after Belgium’s national holiday, will let visitors explore the splendour of the country’s constitutional monarchy as they tour the staterooms of the king’s office and administrative residence.
Visiting the Royal Palace of Brussels
The stately building is made up of four 18th century private residences located along the former Courtyard of the Dukes of Brabant. The palace, which serves as a place for meetings, ceremonies, and receptions for heads of state, is surrounded by lush flowerbeds and features a neo-classical facade and a pediment overlooking a row of columns. Push through the front doors to get an up-close look at the daily lives of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde.
Touring a rich cultural heritage
The tour starts with the palace’s magnificent grand staircase. Walk through the Grand Anteroom to see portraits of Prince Léopold and Princess Charlotte of Wales. Next, visit the Empire, Marble, and Mirror Rooms. The tour of Belgium’s cultural heritage continues with the Main and Small White Room. Next come the Goya, Coburg, and Louis XVI Rooms, the Room of the Thinker, the Pilaster Room, and the Marshals’ Room. The tour concludes in the Grand Gallery, which leads to the Throne Room. If you happen to turn a corner and come across the royal couple, just remember that the proper form of address is Sire and Majesty.