Market Square in Bruges live camView of The Market Square from The Olive Tree Restaurant

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    • 5 days ago
    • Clansman

    See Rick Steves for travel videos ' Rick Steves Bruges' if you can watch in 1080 - superb views and information.

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    • 1 week ago
    • Bill Rodgers

    If you Zoom into the square in Google Maps, then street view is available and you can navigate all the way round the square and even see the webcam location.

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    • 1 week ago
    • Bob Haller

    I enjoy this webcam so much. I have been a frequent visitor to Bruges and enjoy seeing the activities in this most beautiful square. Can anyone tell me what is being built here today?
    Thank you for such a wonderful webcam.

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • %arc

    Too bad, the procession was canceled this year due to bad weather.. waiting for next year,
    Dommage que la procession du Saint Sang aie été annulée cette année en raison des mauvaises conditions météo.. il ne reste plus qu'a attendre l'année prochaine..
    Lovely Bruges, see you again at Xmas time... we'll be there again for a week

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • Clansman

    Procession of the Holy Blood Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 14.30

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • %arc

    Thank's to the Olive Tree Restaurant we'll be able once again this year to follow "live" la procession du saint Sang" as we were there.
    Un Grand merci à vous..

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    • 2 months ago
    • Clansman

    Tour of Flanders 5 April 2015 see online - look for gettyimages.

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    • 2 months ago
    • Martin Seuneke

    Hi
    Can anyone tell me what was going on in the Markt yesterday morning early (about 8.00bst)

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    • 2 months ago
    • Mayor

    I love this website, anytime I feel homesick for Bruges, I just watch this view of the market place, the bicycles, the people walking, the buses, the events that pop up now and then, and though now living 10,000km away I feel close to my hometown Bruges.

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    • 2 months ago
    • Raymond Houlbrook

    Been going to Bruges every year for the past 15 years. A brilliant place to relax and always something new to discover.

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    • 2 months ago
    • Sheila Anderson-Wray

    Clansman - The bard has many words of wisdom - and I so agree with you about making an effort - you only get treated the way you treat others.

    And Paula - I hope you return one day - I would move there in a heartbeat :)

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    • 2 months ago
    • paula

    Still miss this place maybe 1 day I will return

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    • 2 months ago
    • Clansman

    Dear Sheila. 'Robert Burns the Works' a great link.

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    • 2 months ago
    • Clansman

    Only a short time in Belgium at the HQ - Lived in Germany a couple of tours and loved every moment - in Westphalia - Munster - very hospitable - Netherlands short posting - if you make an effort anywhere, Stationed in Alberta Canada - more Jocks in Canada than at home - as a local put it 'Scotland in big!' As we were told all those years ago as a young guardsman - you are the foreigners in their land treat their customs and traditions as you would wish others to treat yours.

    Yours Aye.

Market Square in Bruges

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.

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