Bruges - Market Square live camBruges, view of the Market Square near the Belfry bell tower from the Olive Tree Restaurant

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    • 7 hours ago
    • Vanja

    Looking very windy, but it is beautiful with the snow!

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    • 1 day ago
    • %arc

    10/12 snow... so beautiful .. photo has been uploaded

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    • 4 days ago
    • Bosnyák Károly

    I was in Bruges in summer, but in winter it seems much more beautiful.
    I wish you a Happy, Peaceful Advent to Bruges!
    2014/12/07 18:01

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    • 4 days ago
    • %arc

    07/12 in just two weeks will be there again ... hope for better weather.. lovely mystical Brugges... never bored of it's beauty

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    • 1 week ago
    • Herman Gevaert

    BRUGGE een droomstad in de mist. Geheimzinnig.

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    • 1 week ago
    • Capture Sam

    1dec17--A Thank You to our host, The Olive Tree - Brugge, for sponsoring this 'live cam' view of the Market Square near the Belfry bell tower from the Olive Tree Restaurant Bruges, charming.

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • Eileen Clarke

    I do so love the look of the buildings around this square and they're made even lovelier by the Christmas decorations. Wonderful, wish I could get over to really see it and skate on the ice. Thank you Skyline for helping me to dream

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • cipolin poiana

    in one week i will be there. in beautiful Brugges. im happy to visit most beautiful city from Belgium. im happy to visit one of the beautiful Christmas Fair from Europe!

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • Paul

    The market looks gorgeous after its Christmas make over, we were there 2 months ago and going back 2 weeks today. I'll wave to all the skyline viewers when I'm there with wife and grandchild!

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • PMM

    Linda - we were lucky enough to actually stand and watch the skaters here last December when my hubby and I visited over Christmas - so wish we were going back again! Did not realise at the time there was a cam set up overlooking the square or we would have waved at all the Skyline viewers! :(

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • Corinne Maas

    poor horse, struggling to pull that long carriage full of people... i hope the horses have their harnesses taken off at night

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    • 4 weeks ago
    • Linda Seuneke

    Oh my goodness, is it that time again already? Where did this year go?! Would love to be on that rink, skating outdoors is so exhilarating!

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    • 4 weeks ago
    • Herman Gevaert

    Allen welkom in Brugge. De hoofdstad van Vlaanderen in het jaar 1000.

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    • 4 weeks ago
    • %arc

    And the beautiful illuminated tree in already on.. major decoration on the ice rink. 5 weeks and will be at Bruges again...so nice while waiting for it to have that cam and see the Xmas atmosphere being build up...

Bruges - Market Square

Market Square (Grote Markt) is the heart of the stunning medieval city of Bruges (Brugge), with an area of about 1 hectare it is the center of the commercial life and the ideal spot where a variety of social, political, and religious events take place.

Today the square is one of the most important must-see attractions, hundreds of tourists and locals transit here every day delighted by the fact that after the renovation works of 1995 parking was finally removed and the whole area became mostly traffic-free, a real pedestrian's dream; Market Square is dominated by the impressive medieval (1220) 83 meter high Belfry Tower (or Beffroi), one of the city's most prominent landmarks; its magnificent 47-bell carillon continues to peal out over the city every quarter hour, although thrice destroyed and rebuilt, from its top it still offers breathtaking views over the whole Bruges; declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 2000, this stunning city still keeps its original late medieval features so that is one of the most well-preserved medieval cities in Europe; whether we decide to explore the city simply on foot or in a horse-drawn carriage we'll be equally captured by the magical atmosphere of this so picturesque town while enjoying a charming transportation to the medieval. Its attractions also include the Cloth Hall, the imposing Provincial Palace in neo-gothic style, the statue of the patriotic heroes Jan Breydel and Pieter de Coninck also decorates the square while many shops and restaurants are surrounded by old buildings and houses. Very little information dates from the pre-roman age, anyway it seems that Bruges was founded as a fortress-city in the 9th century by Vikings who settled here (the Dutch name "Brugge" seems to have come originally from "Bryggja" meaning "harbour or mooring place"); the growing prosperity of the city made it rapidly one of the most important maritime capitals of Europe until the 16th century when Bruges entered a period of stagnation. For a longtime it was at the center of the chronic struggle between England and France, this situation led to many revolts, The Bruges Matins (Brugse Metten), which saw armed insurrectionists led by de Coninck and Breydel, is absolutely worth mentioning.

Bruges, capital of West Flanders, is today a real city-museum, a charming scenery filled with incredible history, although its size, there is a lot to see and do, our tour should also include a visit to museums and ancient buildings (such as the Groeninge Museum and the gothic Palace of Gruuthuse, magnificent masterpieces of Flemish architecture) and churches, cafès and shops still working according to ancient techniques; it is assumed that the manufacturing of lace started during Ancient Rome, anyway this tradition is still strongly alive and an important resource even if the city knows other growing economic sectors, it is a world famous chocolate hotspot with a variety of chocolatiers and shops and a paradise for all lovers of beer; walking through the picturesque streets of Bruges we'll be invaded by chocolate shops, pubs and lace boutiques with all kinds of gifts, it will be furthermore interesting a visit to the Lace Museum with its permanent exhibitions showing several lace varieties, a must-see for all lovers of craftsmanship of high quality. Our tour in Bruges, also known as "Venice of the North" due to its picturesque canals, should also include a delightful boat ride while appreciating the charming surrounding scenery including the Saint John's House Mill (Sint Janshuismolen) and the Koelewei Mill (Koeleweimolen).

Bruges has also been designated as European Capital of Culture in 2002 due to its significant cultural importance in architecture as well as painting, moreover it was well represented by the important poet and priest Guido Gezelle, the house in which he was born is today used as a literary and didactic museum.

Cam on-line since: 08/07/2012