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Brugse Vrije

Burg 11a, Bruges 8000, Belgium
+32 50 44 87 11
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It’s pretty cool

We went in the morning of our last day - it was a good activity to get out of the rain. The... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Jo F
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3 euros off 20 euro museum pass with hotel card - and this is a top visit

Impressive room, very well explained by the electronic guide. You can imagine how it once felt as... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
mashie44
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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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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went in the morning of our last day - it was a good activity to get out of the rain. The fireplace is awesome but don’t expect to spend hours there, 30min tops.

Thank Jo F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Impressive room, very well explained by the electronic guide. You can imagine how it once felt as the top law court in Bruges, symbol of Hapsburg might and ancestry. Superb carving, wood and also alabaster. Our hotel gave us a card which got the museum...More

Thank mashie44
Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

Worth a visit to this single room just for the medieval fireplace which is absolutely stunning. Do as part of the 20 Euro museum pass to get your moneys worth.

Thank Phil P
Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

This former law court just has one stunning room with monumental fire place and a few artworks of note. Worth a look with a museum pass but not worth the single entry fee.

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Reviewed 21 September 2017 via mobile

The brugse vrije is the former law court of Brugges. It now houses written history of Brugge as the city archives are housed here. You walk through the old court to the renaissance hall, which was once the aldermans chamber. The highlight is a huge...More

Thank MamaK186487
Reviewed 18 September 2017

Fantastic history & decoration. The fireplace on its own is worth the visit. A glimpse of history. Buy a museum ticket which includes lots of interesting attractions.

Thank Mair H
Reviewed 10 September 2017

Not a huge experience, but worth a visit. It's basically one big room, but what a room! The woodwork is glorious! It's like an entire room carved of wood. The detail and the story behind the carvings...wow! If you have the museum pass, it's included....More

Thank Paul B
Reviewed 7 August 2017

Free entry with museum card and right next to stadhuis and basilica of holy blood on burg square, so quick five minute visit. Nice fireplace but not much else.

Thank DavidWray96
Reviewed 3 July 2017

While visiting Bruges you risk sensory overload... and this extraordinary place will add to it. Its pièce de résistance is a huge fireplace replete with sculptures in alabaster, black marble and wood.

Thank Bernard B
Reviewed 26 June 2017

The Bruges Vrije was historically the meeting place of the governing body of the city. What we would nowadays call councillors and alderman. If the Stadhuis is the beautiful sister, the Vrije would definitely be her plain sister. There's a single room that is the...More

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MelKualaLumpur
5 June 2017|
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Response from Sarah B | Property representative |
Dear Madam, Sir, you have to buy your ticket in the Stadhuis first. The two museums are on the same place (called Burg) so you can chose which one you visit first. Enjoy your trip in Bruges! With kind regards, Sarah
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