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Family Day 2019 – Bruegel Special


A sparkling journey through the time of Bruegel awaits you at Coudenberg Palace, the Brussels palace of Charles V. A festive day to treat yourself, have fun, be costumed, discover and get incredible memories: with cooking workshops, dance, music, games, crossbow shooting, guided tours… A unique opportunity to go back in time with family or friends and relive the Renaissance, meet the Ladies of the Court, the Knights of the Golden Fleece and the crossbowmen, in an amazing location.

Schedule of the day

Pieter Bruegel's Children's Games
Bruegel’s painting, “Children’s Games”, illustrates nearly 100 games played in the 16th century. Some still exist today such as knucklebones or stilts. Others are to be rediscovered as the game of the «hit the pot». An opportunity to disconnect children to awaken them to the simple games that have gone through the centuries.

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

Zythology (or beerology) workshop
Do you know a bit about 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.

Meet the Ommegang’s characters | photo shoot:
Crossbowmen, pike men, 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 for your staging.

Period meal
Renaissance cuisine offers you delicious savory and sweet dishes to treat yourself and boost your energy between one activity to the next.

Interactive musical discovery
The past buried in the basement of Brussels comes back to life through melodies, sounds, instruments and dances moves of the time of Charles V!

Plus a whole host of non-stop activities from 10 am to 6 pm.

Practical information
Sunday 2 June 2019
Price: €5 - €7; free for under 18s - Activities included in the entrance price
Period meal from 10 am. to 4 pm. (€3 - €10)