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Town Hall (Stadhuis)

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Address: Burg 11, Bruges, Belgium
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: The Bruges Town Hall was built in 1376—and amazingly, the city has been...
The Bruges Town Hall was built in 1376—and amazingly, the city has been governed from this building for more than 700 years. Go inside to see the Town Hall’s 19th century Gothic Chamber and the painted figures that shed light on the city’s incredible past.
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really nice and friendly amazing sights , plenty of pictures taken will be going back soon both my self and the wife had a good time

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

really nice and friendly amazing sights , plenty of pictures taken will be going back soon both my self and the wife had a good time

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

This is one of the oldest town halls in Belgium and is a glorious, Gothic masterpiece. The piece de resistance is the first floor meeting room with its vaulted oak ceiling and frescoes which tell the history of Bruges. It is well worth the modest charge.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

the grand hall is decorated with very interesting wall murals. the paintings are not particularly old but they tell the story of bruges. note the depiction of jan van eyck and his wife receiving official visitors and also the story of the crusaders bringing the vial of christ's blood back to bruges. knowing some of these stories aids understanding of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Its only 4 euros and maybe passes just 30 mins but its still worth it. The vaulted ceilings are great and it just reeks of history :)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

The main thing to see here is a late 19th century neo-gothic painted hall in the upper floor with paintings of historic events in the city's history. If you have the Bruges pass, it's worth spending 20 minutes to see. If history is not your thing, maybe give it a pass.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Although not the most interesting of attractions, the Town Hall is simply stunning and for 3 Euros (Student price) is definitely worth a visit. We really enjoyed strolling around this grand building and the information cards were useful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

This is the most beautiful town hall that I have ever seen. It is truly a highlight of Bruges! Imagine that for 600 years (since 1376) the city of Bruges governed its city from this very place and even nowadays they convene at that same place! Wow! It a master piece of Gothic. Everywhere we look, we see paintings, statues,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

The Stadhuis is a fascinating look into Medieval Belgium and its own special form of "democracy". This is the oldest civil building within the country of Belgium and has been giving political holdings to Bruges for 700 years. This building is Gothic and began construction in 1376. Check out the dominate front facade and the niches and sculptures (dating from... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

We went to the Stadhuis partly because we already had the museum card and it was included! It is an old town hall (obviously) with beautiful grand rooms full of paintings and fancy decorations. It's not the most interesting of the museums, but there is plenty to admire there. Even the windows are impressive, If you want a bit more... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

You are likely to run out of memory taking a lot of photos here as the interior design, the architecture and the portaits and murals are just stunning.

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