Family Day

Family Day

A day of surprises awaits young and old alike at the Coudenberg, Charles V's palace in Brussels. A time for enjoying yourself, spoiling yourself, dressing up, discovering and remembering, with a cooking workshop, games, introductions to music, dance and crossbow shooting, tastings and guided tours… An opportunity to go back in time with your family or friends and relive the Renaissance, meeting crossbow men, ladies of the court and knights of the Golden Fleece in an incredible setting.

Practical information - Date:  3 June from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Price: €5 - €7; free for under 18s - Activities included in the entrance price - Period buffet from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (€3 - €8) - Assembly point: Palais du Coudenberg – Place des Palais 7 – 1000, Brussels - Info: or + 32 (0)2 500 45 54


  • Period buffet​Renaissance cuisine offers you delicious savoury and sweet dishes to treat yourself and boost your energy between one activity and the next. A team of fine chefs will be serving their period recipes in a sumptuous buffet.  Historical buffet from 10:00 to 16:00 (€3, €8)

  • Crossbow shooting​ 
    The Grand Serment Royal et de Saint Georges des Arbalétriers de Bruxelles will initiate you in the use of one of the Renaissance's most dangerous weapons: the crossbow. There is also a safe version for kids.

  • Cookery workshop​
    Would you like to try your hand at cooking? Get baking and make delicious dishes that will send you on a journey through time and history.
    Renaissance cookery workshop from 11:00  to 15:00  Sign up on site.


  • Meet the characters of the Ommegang procession | photo shoot​ 
    Crossbowmen, pikemen, gentlemen and ladies of the court will welcome you, and you get to frame this meeting as a souvenir from another era. Replicas of period costumes and accessories will be provided.


  • Zythology (or beerology) workshop
    Do you know the principle of oenology? Zythology stems from the same principle, but with beer. A chance to discover its history, its composition, the different types and also to taste them as they should be tasted.

  • Renaissance games to test your skills: marbles, bones… It's your turn to play!
    Become a court architect: create your own model of the palace, as it was, or as it could have been... You decide. A leisurely family workshop to construct the buildings that make up the Palais du Coudenberg. 

  • Interactive dance and musical discovery
    The past buried in the basements of Brussels comes back to life through the melodies, sounds, instruments and dances of the time of Charles V! With the participation of the Capriool, woodwind groups and a string of musicians and dancers.

  • Guided tours of the exhibition “Giants”
    Tours start on the hour in French and on the half-hour in Dutch.

    WAOUW treasure chests
    Each of these chests leads you to uncover the history of Charles V, if you can solve the challenge.

  • Underground Paper Chase: Treasure Hunt for the Golden Fleece

    Little Charles V needs your help! He has forgotten the password to his treasure chest, which contains his Order of the Golden Fleece collar. Charles is looking for brave princesses and knights to help him recover the password. Are you daring enough to follow him on a quest among the ruins of the Coudenberg Palace? If you succeed, Charles will definitely have a reward for you!

    How does it work?
    Each child will receive a backpack containing supplies for the missions (a treasure map, a disguise, a puzzle, a torch, etc.). Each mission reveals a clue to the password that will lead them to the treasure chest containing the famous Golden Fleece collar.

    The children will receive a small gift at the end of the game.

    Practical information:
    For children aged 5 to 8, accompanied by an adult.

    Dates: 30/06 to 02/09 – Tuesday to Sunday - closed on 21/07.

    Hours: 10:00 to 18:00
    Duration: 1 - 1h30
    Assembly point: Coudenberg Palace – Place des Palais 7 – 1000, Brussels
    Price: €4 per child. (Aged 5 to 8, accompanied by an adult)
    Info and bookings (required): > jeu de piste souterrain (underground treasure hunt)