Bruges Market Square

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Bruges Market Square featuring a city and heritage architecture

The historical heart of Bruges is framed by guild buildings and the Provincial Court. Presiding over the square is the imposing Belfort.

Since 958, the Grote Markt has been at the center of Bruges life. Once packed with merchants and buyers, today the Markt is a hub for tourism. Put aside some time to experience the restaurants, cafés, gift shops, guided tours and enchanting architecture of this lively part of the city.

Though it covers only 2.5 acres (1 hectare), there is much to see in Bruges' Grote Markt. First, climb to the top of the majestic Belfort and take in the spectacular views. With your feet back on the ground, take pictures of the Markt's quaint fairy tale-style architecture; the 1887 neo-Gothic Provincial Court building is especially impressive. The row of gabled guild houses adds charm and color.

Stop to view the statue in the center of the square. It pays tribute to Jan Breydel and Pieter de Coninck, who led the Bruges Matins, a violent uprising against the French in the early 14th century.

If possible, come to the Grote Markt on a Wednesday morning. This is when the weekly market sets up to sell local fruit, vegetables and other edibles. Take a break at one of the many eateries and cafés around the square; it's a good idea to check the prices before you take a seat. After mid-November the Wednesday market moves to Burg square to make way for a public skating rink and Christmas stalls.

The Grote Markt is essential to any Bruges itinerary, but it can get very busy with tourists. After having a look around, avoid the crowds by branching off down one of the many adjoining cobblestone streets. Also be sure to make a visit to the neighboring Burg square and its Basilica of the Holy Blood. When your sightseeing is finished in the square, climb aboard a horse-drawn carriage tour for an enjoyable and lazy way to enjoy the rest of Bruges.

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