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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  • Animated, beautiful monuments, to see... The starting point for guided tours, there are also restaurants...
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  • The Belfry of Bruges is beautiful! it rises to the centre and allows an overview of this medieval old town
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  • Fantastic place to sit and people watch with beautiful buildings all around. Most of all the bell tower. I wouldn't eat there as most of the cafe's on the square seem very touristy, but walk a block or two in any direction and you're sure to find a quieter place offering fantastic food of any kind.
  • Lots of tourists (of course). Haven't tried any restaurants on the square, but Historium has it's own bar with a balcony overseeing the square. Get a beer tasting set and enjoy some people watching from the upper level.
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