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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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  • 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 »
  • Forming a central part of the historic old city, this beautiful square, always bustling is quite stunning with two sides of cafes allowing you plenty of opportunity to graze and people watch. 
    Forming a central part of the historic old city, this beautiful square, always bustling is quite stunning with two sides of cafes allowing you plenty of opportunity to graze and people watch.  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!

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