The Palais Coudenberg was mostly destroyed in 1731 by fire—officially labeled a jam making accident, it is more likely that the Archduchess Maria-Elisabeth forgot to blow out her candles at night. Later generations filled in the remaining Coudenberg cellars to build anew, and in the 1980s these ancient underground rooms were discovered, excavated, and opened to the public. Make your way through centuries of history on your own or with a prerecorded audio guide, imagining from below what the world used to look like above, and visit the attached museum for restored Medieval artifacts. Children are especially welcome; candles and jam are not.
La Quincaillerie is a fine dining establishment located in what used to be an old ironmonger’s s... Read more