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“Stadhuis, Bruges - accessible but a disappointment overall”
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Stadhuis
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$152.55*
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Private Tour: Ghent and Bruges Day Trip from Brussels
Ranked #11 of 152 things to do in Bruges
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Bruges' City Hall (1376) is one of the oldest in the Low Countries. It is from here that the city has been governed for more than 600 years. An absolute masterpiece is the Gothic Hall, with its late 19th-century murals and polychrome vault. The adjoining historic hall calls up the city council's history with a number of authentic documents and works of art. A multimedia exhibition on the ground floor illustrates the evolution of the Burg Square.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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“Stadhuis, Bruges - accessible but a disappointment overall”
Reviewed July 7, 2013

The outside - gorgeous.architecture, statues, baroque decoration and a wonderful bridge across the tiny lane (Blinde Ezel laan??). Inside - the ground floor feels as if you're walking into a Flemish painting as you cross a large black/white tiled floor to buy a €4 ticket. There are large paintings around, labelled in Flemish and a wall with a diagram and a couple of rescued stone pieces - and that's about it - although there is a wheelchair ramp up to a few more paintings, all doors are marked as Prive . The first time we went, the lift was marked as "Lift defekt" - luckily we were using the Brugge museum pass so we hadn't paid admission as such. Went in a few days later in the wheelchair. The lift is in a smaller hallway off to the right of the room you enter: it's almost hidden and appears to be behind a wooden door, barely labelled but with a lift symbol. SMALL lift. When we got up to the first floor, there's a small museum display in cases, relatively poorly lit, meaning that labels and texts were hard to read. I'd like to have read more about the murder of Count Philip the Good, for example, given that this got privileges for Bruges. Access to one side of the cases was almost blocked by the wheelchair. ramp. The much-vaunted Gothic hall was a bit of a disappointment since it was drastically remodelled and repainted in the 19th century. If you're Flemish, it's important,but hard to understand otherwise, though it did make me realise that Baldwin of Constantiinople was connected with Flanders. The plastic cards gave a good overview, but I could have done with something to explain the mediaeval roof bosses better and to distinguish exactly which ones were original

Visited July 2013
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“Imposing edifice dominates the Markt”
Reviewed June 28, 2013

This impressive building has a grand facade, red brick and stone throughout. Not to personify too much, but the Stadhuis seems to be a brooding presence, overseeing the other buildings round and the activities in, the square. Worth seeing, for sure.

Visited May 2013
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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“A magnificent building in the centre.”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

Like all of Bruges this is the centre piece which looks splended. Just sit at a table in the corner of the square with a coffee, beer and marvel at this stunning building.

Visited June 2013
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Malaga, Spain
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“Impressive Architecture”
Reviewed June 18, 2013

We enjoyed seeing the Town Hall because of its very nice architecture and it is completely clean and attractive. It gives the main plaza a point of interest.

Visited June 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Architecture is Beautful”
Reviewed June 12, 2013

Worth a visit for the people who admire architecture :) You can take picture of each Pillar and admire talent during those days. History is kept intact

Visited May 2013
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