Market Square in Bruges live camView of the Market Square where the Belfry overlooks from The Olive Tree Restaurant

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    • 1 week ago
    • brugesboy

    At this moment it's snowing at Bruges. This weekend we expect a lot of wind because at the coast (10 miles from Bruges) we expect the biggest storm in 50 years.
    @ Jeanette Wallace. You're very welcome in Bruges. The train station is 10min walking from the centre. You can also easily take a taxi or bus.
    @ Shelley. The traffic in Bruges is not dangerous. Because in the centre there is a speed limit 30km/u (18m/h). The most of the vans are for delivery goods and that's normally in the morning.
    @ everybody. Our Christmas market is not so big but it's romantic and in combination with the rest of the village it is a lovely 2-3 days trip.
    + by feet, with horse or boat through mediëval romantic village + most people speaks English, Francais, Deutsch + not expensive + friendly people + ...
    - a lot of tourists=hotels frequently full booked - a few disco/clubs for young people

  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • Jeanette Wallace

    Such a beautiful place! I really enjoy watching it on the webcam. Hopefully, I will make it there one day!!

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • %arc

    The market is now close for another year, they already start to dismount the ice rink ;-( always sad to see it go... lovely Bruges... see you next year, meanwhile thanks to Skyline the webcame is acting like a screen saver for me watching it all day long...
    Happy new year

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • Mónika

    Happy New Year!

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    • 4 weeks ago
    • Zath

    Would be great if this camera had sound !
    Merry Christmas all and a Happy New Year

  • avatar
    • 4 weeks ago
    • %arc

    Just came back from another amazing vacation in Bruges, 1 year now to wait again until next one...
    @Paul, yes indeed very sad they had to block all entrance to the market by loads of concrete block, but well done to them it is always better to prevent than to be sorry for not doing it.
    What you can see on the Cam is only a very small part of what they did, the other side of the ice rink is really block and became a huge bike parking making it not very nice to see or to pass by
    May 2017 make us forget these sad but well needed mesure

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    • 4 weeks ago
    • Clive Shears

    Merry Christmas to you all

  • avatar
    • 4 weeks ago
    • Paul

    Such a sad but prudent measure that they had to increase security by placing the white concrete bollards, people should be able to enjoy Christmas Markets without fear of terrorists. A sad indictment of the times in which we live.

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    • 4 weeks ago
    • Mónika

    Merry Christmas!

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • Gwynn H

    @ %arc, thank you. It looks so fun. I hope you enjoy your next visit to this beautiful place!

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • LEANDRO GORGEN

    linda Brugges....aqui no Brasil estamos com o coração sangrando....#FORÇACHAPECOENSE

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • %arc

    @GWynn, Yes indeed they provide some little cart, kid trolley, so parents or grown up can push the littles ones so they can also enjoy it even so too young to be on skate

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    • 2 months ago
    • Gwynn H

    Are there chairs or carts to hold and push for extra balance available on the ice? I just saw what looked like someone pushing another adult in a chair and a mom holding or pushing a smaller something. If so, what a great idea! I would love to skate again but wouldn't be willing to risk a fall. (Not much in the way of ice skating available where I am.)

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    • 2 months ago
    • Sheila Anderson-Wray

    adore Bruges - especially when the Christmas Market is on. The Crystal Tree at the Ice Rink always makes me smile - it is SO magical

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.

Cam on-line since: 08/07/2012