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

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • paul

    Hello Beano, If you'd like to go to Bruges P&O North sea ferries do a tailormade trip for around £80 in the summer. Between October and March they have a winter deal,one pays and one goes free (no catch here) It's an overnight crossing from hull with cabin and coach transfers included. you'll have about 7 hour's to explore Bruges then the coach takes you back to the ship for the overnight crossing back to hull.You can leave your car at the port until you get back if you want.Paul.

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    • 4 weeks ago
    • Bill Rodgers

    Sunday 3rd April......... Square is jammed full of people. Makes one realise how difficult it is to police a security nightmare like this!

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    • 1 month ago
    • Christiane

    Life goes on in Belgium ... but still with a terrible sense of sadness in our hart.

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    • 1 month ago
    • LEANDRO GORGEN

    Simplesmente linda Bruges..estive aí em novembro de 2014 e a cidade é fascinante....saudades...algum dia ainda volto

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    • 1 month ago
    • Martyn

    Market day ......life goes on ...R.I.P. to the lost .......

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    • 1 month ago
    • Max Monteiro

    What horror, this terror without end... I saw the pictures, heard the scary stories of Brazilians living in Brussels, people living near me here in São Luís, and were just close to bastards terrorists !!
    In the European Union headquarters !!
    Imagine the situation of people in Africa, Syria ...
    At a time such as this, words cannot express our feelings.

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    • 1 month ago
    • Eliana

    É inconcebível que em pleno século 21 o mundo ainda viva com estes atos covardes como os ocorrido hoje em Bruxelas.
    Minha solidariedade a Bélgica e as famílias das vítimas desta atrocidade.
    Eliana - Brasil
    It is inconceivable that in the 21st century, the world still living with these cowardly acts as occurred today in Brussels.
    My solidarity Belgium and the families of the victims of this atrocity.
    Eliana - Brazil

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    • 1 month ago
    • Thomas Collett

    and that's only accident that are reported

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    • 1 month ago
    • Thomas Collett

    %arc you knock me down when l say about the drivers yet 2 weeks prier to that you was saying the same as me

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    • 2 months ago
    • %arc

    May I remind to Mr Collett that the last accident in Bruges was in 2009 and caused by a drunk British citizen that forgot he should be driving at the right side... 2 pedestrian were knocked over and the 18 years old girl lost her legs!!!
    May God bless her and encourage Brexit...

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    • 2 months ago
    • Thomas Collett

    l am glad some one is thinking the same as me regarding the cyclist and the cars if they lived in a country where we are told how to ride or drive our cars and have some respect for the Pedestrian

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    • 2 months ago
    • Beano

    I think that you'd really need to keep your wits about you walking around this square, everyone seems to be in such a rush and it looks to be an every person for themselves situation. Really nice place though, I'd love to visit there.

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    • 2 months ago
    • Gammy96

    To %arc, I don't think the comments on all the activity in the square were meant as a complaint. It is just so amazing to see all the methods of transportation going in all directions and not running into each other.

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    • 2 months ago
    • %arc

    "How no one gets knocked over is beyond me"... AGAIN AND AGAIN complaining... How it is that no now is being knocked over is quite easy,it's called respect... they just follow the principal rules of leaving in harmony as every one does in Bruges, without always complaining on each other or on how other decide to leave, Pedestrian have priority on all, than came the bicycles and horse carriage after that come cars and truck for whom anyway speed is stricly limited to 30KM/h (about 20 m/h)

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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