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The Markt, Bruges

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With landmark buildings and statues of important figures, The Markt sits at the heart of Bruges' historical center. Covering only about 1 hectare (2.5 acres), the main square features the Neo-Gothic provincial court, and the belfry tower, one of the city's most recognizable landmarks. Because the square is mostly closed to cars, city celebrations often take place here. In the center of the square, you'll see the statues of Jan Breydel and Pieter de Coninck, local heroes who are honored for their role in the Flemish resistance against the French king in 1302. Admire the tall bell tower and the Flemish architecture. You'll find plenty of restaurants surrounding the square, but for quality food at lower prices, choose some place just a short walk from the square. Use our Bruges day trip planning website to arrange your visit to The Markt and other attractions in Bruges.
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  • This is the heart of Brugge with the architectural presence of the bell tower and vast open space which can accommodate the Wednesday morning market, horse carriage rides and an array of eating... 
    This is the heart of Brugge with the architectural presence of the bell tower and vast open space which can accommodate the Wednesday morning market, horse carriage rides and an array of eating...  more »
  • The Markt is the heart of Bruges - lively, charming and fun. Iconic Belgian architecture , delicious food, waffle trucks , and live entertainment. Even caught a few free concerts ! Be wary that it is....  more
    The Markt is the heart of Bruges - lively, charming and fun. Iconic Belgian architecture , delicious food, waffle trucks , and live entertainment. Even caught a few free concerts ! Be wary that it is....  more »
  • Just a must when to experience Bruges. Walking around is pleasurable and there are plenty of places to stop for refreshment. 
    Just a must when to experience Bruges. Walking around is pleasurable and there are plenty of places to stop for refreshment.  more »
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  • Arrived Friday 23 July. Very busy in the Square but quiet on the side streets .lovely choices of restaurant. Horse and carriage available (we done before ) Saturday quieter in the Square but busier on the side streets . Great place to visit and I'm sure we will return again .
  • Great variety of tasty toasts from traditional (avocado+egg, salmon etc) to fusion (korma w chickpeas, Kim hi etc). Good coffee and hot chocolate for the kids. Friendly staff too and excellent ambiance for breakfast meal!
  • Home of the Wednesday market: great for fruit, dairy produce, flowers, cakes, fish and meat. Lovely location weekday evenings to eat chips and watch the people. Avoid like the plague the rest of the time as it's full of tourists.
  • A typical western European Central city Square of renaissance time, yet not so typical regarding the exquisitely fantastic architecture of its buildings!...-:) Only thing is that unfortunately, all places are closing down latest by 23:30, so no chance to enjoy it sipping a chilled Chardonnay on a long summer night....-:( ....so sad and stupid of those who own these places, considering that Bruges is perhaps, the most touristic Belgian town!!!....
  • What a spectacular place is Brugge. Impressive! I could walk and wander around for a full day without getting bored. This square, Grote Markt, is so beautiful. With this magnificent tower Belfry of Bruges. I went for a short day visit with family but I do suggest to spend more time in this huge historical center and be alone or with other who also appreciate it

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