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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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  • The main square in Bruges doesn't disappoint. It's a collection of older and newer buildings with lovely architecture and numerous eateries to enjoy. Don't ride the horse carriages, though. 
    The main square in Bruges doesn't disappoint. It's a collection of older and newer buildings with lovely architecture and numerous eateries to enjoy. Don't ride the horse carriages, though.  more »
  • Overlooked by the astonishing belfry, the square is flanked by The Cloth Hall and Provincial Palace with numerous restaurants. The market trades on Wednesdays and horse drawn carriages maybe hired... 
    Overlooked by the astonishing belfry, the square is flanked by The Cloth Hall and Provincial Palace with numerous restaurants. The market trades on Wednesdays and horse drawn carriages maybe hired...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Gorgeous area with an incredible atmosphere! We were there at about 9:30am and it was so peaceful! Good choice of restaurants for food later in the day too

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