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Address: Burg 11a, Bruges 8000, Belgium
Phone Number:
+32 50 44 87 11
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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Court of justice

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... read more

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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 to be. The room can still easily be recognized in old paintings. I think that... More 

Dundee, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 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.

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Lombard, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 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 town hall and the blood of Christ.

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 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 the Brugse Vrije, which is the former law court located adjacent to the Stadhuis in... More 

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Bracknell, England
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016

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

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Burnaby, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 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 Van Tilborgh, which shows the alderman’s chamber in session.

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Ghent, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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