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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  • Located beneath the Belfry of Bruges, the Market Square is filled with beautiful & unique buildings. It's the large square in the centre of the tourist area. You can walk through the Cloth Hall, the....  more »
  • Such a beautiful area to explore! Everywhere you turn, you will want to take a photo. So charming and lovely.  more »
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  • Are you in the Markt square and hungry? Don't fall for the lure of the (overpriced) restaurants around you! Go to one of the little sheds in the square instead, and get something quintessentially Belgian...fries! Cheap, delicious, and culturally appropriate. =)
  • This is the heart of one of the world's most beautiful cities. The shops and restaurants that surround the square are all wonderful - pricey but wonderful. The people watching here at any time of the year is first rate. Sit back with a great Belgian beer and something to eat and be entertained. I try for it whenever I am in town.
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