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

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    • 9 hours ago
    • %arc

    22/05 on going preparation for the Holy Blood procession - La procession du Saint Sang, every year the the Asemption day since 1291

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • Messer

    The fair has been in the square all week! Busy today. Love this camera - yes sound and vision would be fab on this camera. :)

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    • 2 months ago
    • Mel P

    Nice sunny day for the weekly market. Looking forward to having a look around when I visit in June.

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    • 2 months ago
    • Shaun the sheep

    Whats this carnival about then.

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    • 3 months ago
    • Bob Haller

    Simon Hawes....On our visits to Bruges we enjoy a bite to eat at the Matinee Restaurant at Rozenhoedkaai 5, overlooking the canal. The chocolates we enjoy most are at Dumon Chocolatier Eiermarkt 6. Enjoy your visit. We return for another visit in April.

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    • 3 months ago
    • keith white

    What is happening inthe Square now please?

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    • 3 months ago
    • Simon Hawes

    Hi to all, I have enjoyed watching this camera in bruge for sometime and at last on the 20/feb/17 a sunday will have the chance to see this lovely place for myself.
    Two things though which is the cheapest route from the port of zeebrugge to the main town of bruge only we arrive on a cruise ship?and as important where is the best bar and chocolate shop. thanks for any replies!

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    • 4 months ago
    • Richard Sealy

    Thanks Team, If your going sample a few for me please, cheers!

  • avatar
    • 4 months ago
    • %arc

    Indeed Beer Fesival, not the best even in Bruges, but that is my personal point of you

  • avatar
    • 4 months ago
    • Bob Haller

    I believe this weekend is the Bruges Beerfestival.

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    • 4 months ago
    • Richard Sealy

    OK team, what's about to be staged in the market area please?

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    • 4 months 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

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    • 5 months 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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    • 5 months 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

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.

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