Brugge City Hall (Stadhuis), Brugge

Brugge City Hall (Stadhuis), Brugge (must see)

Housed in a 13th-century Gothic building that dominates the Burg Square, the Brugge City Hall is one of the oldest city halls in the entire Netherlands region. Built between 1376 and 1420, it was the first monumental structure to serve as a town hall in the Low Countries; its flamboyant opulence testifies to the city's economic and political power at a time when the population of Bruges is believed to have reached more than 37,000, or even 45,000 people.

The City Hall has an ornate gothic façade with the emblems of the cities and villages that formed part of the administrative area of Bruges engraved around the six original gothic windows. The 48 statues are of the Counts of Flanders and biblical figures. The highlight of the interior is the Gotische Zaal or gothic room found on the first floor. A large staircase leads from the entrance to this beautiful room. The gothic room has a magnificent vaulted oak ceiling with scenes from the New Testament and murals that tell the tale of the glorious past of the city of Bruges adorning the walls. Another room called "the historic room" has documents and paintings about the history of the city on display.

Why You Should Visit:
Easily one of the more impressive structures found within the city and once you enter inside, you will find yourself back in the 14th century.
Audio guides are included in admission and if you're more inclined, there are many information cards throughout.

Tip:
Included in the Museum Pass (3 days, 14 different locations), which is well worth getting from any participating attraction if you're doing the rounds.
Pick up the guide and follow the paintings around the room to get the full story. You'll take tons of photos, too (be sure to photo small sections as well as the whole)!

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9:30am-5pm

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Brugge City Hall (Stadhuis) on Map

Sight Name: Brugge City Hall (Stadhuis)
Sight Location: Brugge, Belgium
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Museums and Galleries Tour II  

Walking Tours in Brugge, Belgium

Create Your Own Walk in Brugge

Create Your Own Walk in Brugge

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Museums and Galleries Tour II

Museums and Galleries Tour II

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Famous Bars Walking Tour

Famous Bars Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 km
Museums and Galleries Tour I

Museums and Galleries Tour I

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km
Cultural Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Places of Worship Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km