Liberty of Bruges

(NL) Brugse Vrije

Liberty of Bruges (Brugse Vrije in Dutch) is a one of the oldest building in Bruges, located next to the City Hall. Its eye-catching facade features a golden Lady Justice on the roof, signifying its role as a courthouse.

Starting in the 12th century, the Liberty of Bruges was an autonomous part of the County of Flanders (North part of Belgium), responsible for administration, finance, and justice.

Entering through the Liberty of Bruges building, you’ll find the courtroom The grand fireplace, dating back to 1528, symbolizes centuries of royal authority and legal power. Created as a tribute to Emperor Charles V (1500-1558), it’s made of oak, marble, and alabaster and was designed by Lanceloot Blondeel. A painting by Gillis Van Tilborch provides a glimpse of a 17th-century court session, transporting you to the past. Today

Currently, the Bruges City Records Office is housed in the Liberty of Bruges building. The Records Office preserves municipal documents, offering a treasure trove for historical research.

Getting There

The Liberty of Bruges is located in the very center of the city, next to the Bruges city hall. It is also just 5 minute walk from Grote Markt and Belfry.


Burg 11a, 8000 Brugge, Belgium

Hours and Fees


Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 – 17:00


Monday to Friday


Your admission is free if you have museumPASSmusées, Musea Brugge.

The 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