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: 2/6

Opening hours: 10:00 to 18:00

Price: €5-7; free for under 18s -Activities included in the price of entry

Location: Coudenberg Palace - 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Print your own monster!
    Choose your favourite Bruegel monster and get to work with the ink roller! Our Chalcography artists selected a series of monsters from Bruegel’s artwork, and we are certain that you will find one to your liking. At this workshop you will find out how to make your own print.

  • Many other activities will take place from 10:00 to 18:00.