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Address: Burg 11a, Bruges 8000, Belgium
Phone Number: 3250448711
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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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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Wonderful carvings, some paintings and wall carpets as well as a legal table

This is just one room, the entrance is the same as for the city archive (stadsarchief), located next to the town hall, and nearby the holy blood chapel. The entrance to the museum... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 27, 2016
Katrien S
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Ghent, Belgium
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Burnaby, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 Van Tilborgh, which shows the alderman’s chamber in session.

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Ghent, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

This is just one room, the entrance is the same as for the city archive (stadsarchief), located next to the town hall, and nearby the holy blood chapel. The entrance to the museum (2 rooms) in the town hall includes also entrance to this room. The reason to go is the amazing carved chimney piece, with in the centre emperor... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016 via mobile

This sight is also covered by the Bruges museum pass. It is just one room and it was the former law court of Bruges. It has an over the top carved fireplace surround. There are also some interesting paintings in the rest of the room. We were given I pods that explains these additional features. Since it is only one... More 

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Kent
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

It was on the same ticket as another attraction but not obvious to find (and no one said when we bought our ticket). A beautiful room documenting the freedom of Brugse in paintings vs, carvings and a helpful guide in several languages. I loved it, but it doesn't take long to see.

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016

Brugse Vrije, also referred to in English as Liberty of Bruges (€4 per person). This is a historic chamber situated in the corner of Burg square in the city centre of Bruges. Opening Hours are 9.30-12.30pm and 1.30-5pm daily. Historically, Brugse Vrije served as the local court of Justice for nearly two hundred years (1795-1984). Today it is a well... More 

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New Brighton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2016

Not much to see but worth it for the 16th C wood carved chimney piece around the fireplace. Beautiful!

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2016

One room with a fireplace. That is what it is but the fire place is beautifully ornate, carved out of wood. Use the audio guide to discover it's meaning and history. This is part of the Stadhuis so you buy the tickets there to see this. I had a Bruges City Card.

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Stockholm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2016 via mobile

Just in the corner of the Burg, you will find the archives and this renaissance chamber with stunning wood carvings. The entrance is included in that of the City hall. You will perhaps only stay here a short while, but it is absolutely a must!

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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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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.

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