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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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Small but good!

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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 4 weeks ago 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.

Thank LostALot22
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.

Thank Miki J
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.

Thank RadTel
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 

Thank Katrien S
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.

Thank pootlejam
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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New Brighton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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