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Brugse Vrije

Burg 11a, Bruges 8000, Belgium
+32 50 44 87 11
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Renaissance exhuberance

While visiting Bruges you risk sensory overload... and this extraordinary place will add to it. Its... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Bernard B
Paris, France
An intersting room

The Bruges Vrije was historically the meeting place of the governing body of the city. What we... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
United Kingdom
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The Brugse Vrije is the former law court of Bruges. It now houses written history of Bruges as the city archives are based here. Take a walk through the old court to the renaissance hall, which was once the alderman's chamber. Here, the highlight is a monumental 16th century wood, marble, and alabaster fireplace known as the Emperor Charles V fireplace, designed by Lanceloot Blondeel. (tickets via Stadhuis)
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Burg 11a, Bruges 8000, Belgium
+32 50 44 87 11
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While visiting Bruges you risk sensory overload... and this extraordinary place will add to it. Its pièce de résistance is a huge fireplace replete with sculptures in alabaster, black marble and wood.

Thank Bernard B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Bruges Vrije was historically the meeting place of the governing body of the city. What we would nowadays call councillors and alderman. If the Stadhuis is the beautiful sister, the Vrije would definitely be her plain sister. There's a single room that is the...More

Thank macedonboy
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Well worth seeing and included in museum pass. Huge carved 16th century fireplace with almost life size figures carved in wood above and also marble and alabaster frieze.

1  Thank hmc003
Reviewed 27 February 2017

The Brugse Vrije was a rich agricultural region. The governing body of the Brugse Vrije was located at the Burg, the square in Bruges where both the civil and ecclesiastical administration were located. The now classified as heritage (1938) building still exists in this form...More

2  Thank MijnlieverdFH
Reviewed 7 January 2017

The Brugse Vrije is the 'vierschaar' (court of justice) room for Brugge. It is richly decorated with wood carvings of Charles V of Habsburg and his closest family members. There are some nice old paintings on the wall, and a green table as it used...More

1  Thank RHAHJ
Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

Very small 'museum' relating to the formation and implementation of the law in Bruges and Belgium. Well worth a visit if you have time to spare and is free entry if you pay to enter the Stadhuis.

Thank Wafflesniffer
Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

The tour guide explained that this was the former Hall of Justice. I assume that means it was a court building. It is very fancy for a court and is really a beautiful building. There is a lot to see in this square with the...More

Thank LostALot22
Reviewed 13 October 2016

My wife spent a couple of days in Bruges (Brugge). We had purchased a multi-entry ticket, which for Euro 20 per person (regrettably no discount for seniors), turned out to be good value for money and covered a dozen museums and places of interest, including...More

Thank Richard_Harpum
Reviewed 20 September 2016

There is a lot of history here in the artwork and carvings. The wood carvings above the fireplace are very intricate.

Thank Miki J
Reviewed 5 August 2016

This building was built in 1727. It was used as a courthouse from 1795 to 1984. Amazing amount of wood carvings (cod pieces) in one large room. There are also lots of paintings of Charles V and family. There is also an historic painting by...More

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5 June 2017|
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Response from Sarah B | Property representative |
Dear Madam, Sir, you have to buy your ticket in the Stadhuis first. The two museums are on the same place (called Burg) so you can chose which one you visit first. Enjoy your trip in Bruges! With kind regards, Sarah
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