"Grote Markt" City Center - Grote Markt Tip by Rachael71

City Center - Grote Markt, Brugge: 21 reviews and 47 photos

  Markt, Bruges
by Rachael71

If you come to Bruges, you will constantly find yourself in the Grote Markt, as all roads seem to lead here. It's not as grand and ornate as the Grand Place in Brussels, but is charming on a smaller scale. Two side of the square are dominated by Belfry Tower and the Provincial Hof (West Flanders government building), and the remaining sides are filled with traditionally built Guild Houses. The uppermost step of each Guildhouse roof once held the symbol of the Guild of the house, but unfortunately most of these have been lost over the years.

For centuries the town's main market was held in the square, but the tradition ended in 1993 (it is now held in t'Zand on Saturdays). Astonishingly, the square was then used as a car park for a few years!

The Markt is the place to catch on of the bus tours around the town, or a horse and carriage ride, or to do what we did and just sit in the sunshine with a tray of frites bought from the vans by the Belfry. The simple pleasures are the best!

Address: City Center

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written May 5, 2007
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