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Address: Burg 11a, Bruges 8000, Belgium
Phone Number: 3250448711
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9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

The Brugse Vrije is the former law court of Bruges. It now houses written...

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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Joint ticket with Stadhuis, worth seeing

Please see our review of the Stadhuis for detail of where it is and why it is worth seeing. If you can't find the entrance (right in the corner to the left of the Stadhuis viewed... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 17, 2015
Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015 via mobile

Please see our review of the Stadhuis for detail of where it is and why it is worth seeing. If you can't find the entrance (right in the corner to the left of the Stadhuis viewed from the square), ask the ticket seller inside the Stadhuis for directions.

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Dublin, Ireland
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297 reviews
150 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015 via mobile

We were looking forward to visiting but the automatic doors wouldn't open and we ended up being stuck outside in the rain and missing the attraction altogether. And yes we checkd and double checked the opening hours and also tried find alternative entrances in case we were in the wrong. Disappointing given the impressive reviews others have posted about it.

Thank Kavo85
London, United Kingdom
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123 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

This square just off the main Markt Square should not be missed. Several nice buildings with lots of interesting architecture. Also the site of the church with the reliquary of Christ's blood.

Thank Richard L
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82 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

The Palace of the Liberty is right next to the Stadhuis and its architecture is amazing. You should visit it during the night as well, as the lights in the building give it a different atmosphere

1 Thank Inês B
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87 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

Blind Donkey Alley is a nice area to visit the alley will trip you if you are following a tourist guide book as this picture is showing you the back of the alley not the front so you have to turn around to see what you are seeing in this picture as most people enter it from the other side.

1 Thank AlbertoWarrington
Canberra, Australia
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1,344 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 333 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

Located in the corner of Burg Square, your ticket to tour the Stadhuis includes visiting this building. The room of interest is the original courtroom located in the rear of the building. The fireplace mantel is stunning, a gigantic carved-wood masterpiece.

Thank axs666
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151 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

What a stunning building with lots and lots and lots of small and breathtaking details. Just in the corner of a square the place is gorgeous.

1 Thank Marcelo P
Bedford, United Kingdom
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116 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

When on the boat/canal trip you will see many buildings like this. It can be viewed too by foot, it is near the old fish market.

1 Thank Lorna M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

It's quite interesting, with beautiful golden statues. Wonderfully restored, it stands out of other quite grey buildings on the square.

Thank nemanja1205
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Interesting to see. Amazing detail in architecture. Right in middle of tourist attractions and viewed by thousands.

Thank Christine B

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