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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. To visit The Markt and other attractions in Bruges, use our Bruges itinerary planner.
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  • This square is very typical of the squares you find in most historic tourist cities,a cobbled square part pedestrianised surrounded by overpriced restaurants and tourist gift shops.the horse and carri...  more »
  • It is a unique and unforgettable place with magical and colourful architecture. It is the city's main square and the hub
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  • Beautiful area, especially on a sunny day, with a fair and magnificent buildings, spectacular in its beauty.
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  • This place was great. We visited here during the christmas market decorations and it's beautiful. The atmosphere is great, the small houses selling food, drings and ornaments are cheap and great, the skate rink is great. Everything was good. One night there was mist on top and it was really fairy tale like. We could not even see the top of the belfry tower. It was indeed like in a fairy tale

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Bruges' tiny city center is the place to be when staying in the medieval town. Don't stray too far from the World Heritage Site when looking for accommodations, and make sure to book in advance, as the historical city center attracts visitors in droves. As a hugely popular tourist destination, Bruges has no shortage of accommodations in varying price ranges. You'll find everything from backpacker hostels to upscale hotels here.
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