City Hall (Stadhuis in Dutch) in Bruges is an ancient building located in the heart of the city. It is one of the oldest city halls in the Low Countries, with construction starting in 1376 and completing in 1421. The city hall’s design inspired architects of other city halls in Brussels, Ghent, Leuven, and Oudenaarde.
When you enter the building, you’ll be greeted by a grand staircase leading to the gothic hall on the first floor. The hall features murals from the early 20th century that present the history of Bruges. You’ll also notice the vault with its original 14th-century polychromed consoles.
The next room showcases the history of Bruges and its connection to the sea, which was essential to the city’s prosperity and wealth. Visitors can learn about how the city had to fight for centuries to protect itself from the water and to keep the connection with the sea open. An augmented reality model and various archaeological and art objects bring this history to life.
On the ground floor, you’ll find life-size portraits of former rulers, such as mayors, kings, emperors, and even Napoleon. You can also learn about the development of the Burg, the square in front of the city hall, which was once the civil and religious administrative center of the city.
Today, Bruges City Hall remains the beating political heart of the city, with the Bruges City Council still holding monthly meetings in the Gothic Hall. The hall also serves as a beautiful wedding ceremony for couples.
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Hours and Fees
Open everyday, 9:30 – 17:00
Individual ticket is valid for a visit to the Bruges City Hall (Stadhuis) and the Liberty of Bruges (Brugse Vrije). Tickets are for sale online or in the City Hall.
Standard rate : € 8
Seniors (65 and older) :€ 8
Youth 18-25 years :€ 7
Youth 13-17 years :€ 4
Children (13 and under) :Free
Musea Brugge Card holders :Free
Museumpassmusées holders :Free