An international recognition

European Route: The European Routes of Emperor Charles V


The network The European Routes of Emperor Charles V is recognized by the European Cultural Itineraries Institute of the Council of Europe, based in Luxembourg. This touristic and historical route links the significant places in the reign of Charles V and the cities which he crossed to reach his final residence in the Monastery of Yuste following his abdication in Brussels in 1555. Brussels:  the city in which Charles V passed the greater part of his life; the Coudenberg Palace - in which he lived - together with the Ommegang and the Brussels Renaissance Festival (coordinated by, are the Brussels partners of this cultural itinerary.

The European Charles V Routes Network currently unites more than 50 cities and historical sites located in eleven countries. This initiative is intended to highlight the Heritage and History of the various partners while respecting the criteria laid down by the Council of Europe.

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Network of European Royal Residences


The Coudenberg is a member of the Network of European Royal Residences since 2001.

This European network aims to promote our common European cultural heritage, and Coudenberg has already been recognised by its peers as occupying an essential place in European history.

The network unites the most prestigious and historic European palaces, including the Chateaux of Versailles and Chambord, the Royal Palaces of Turin, Piedmont, and Naples, Rosenborg Castle in Denmark, the Royal Palaces of Schönbrunn and the Hofburg in Vienna, the Royal Palace in Potsdam in Germany and Hampton Court Palace in England.

The Network is primarily a tool at the service of European palace-museum staff and experts, enabling them to meet and share their experience in the preservation, management and promotion of the rich cultural heritage in their care.

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