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

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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

Comments

  • avatar
    • 4 hours ago
    • Deborah Schroeder

    Since I was just there in September, I enjoy watching the tourists with their maps, pointing in different directions! I hope they find out, Bruges is meant to get lost in and just walk. I so want to go back, I could live there. I envy all of you that can get there easily and often.

  • avatar
    • 6 hours ago
    • Mel P

    Hi Derek. How strange that my wife says the opposite! :-) Hope you enjoyed the mountains yesterday, I wish Cumbria was nearer to me.

  • avatar
    • 8 hours ago
    • Derek05

    Hi Mel, you are smarter than I gave you credit for !

  • avatar
    • 3 days ago
    • Mel P

    Good to hear Herman. I look forward to returning.

  • avatar
    • 4 days ago
    • Herman Gevaert

    Nu kan je Brugge perfect bezoeken zonder grote drukte en zonder gevaar van corona. Hotels en restaurants zijn open, de koetsen rijden weer, de bootjes varen terug en het wordt binnenkort echt zomer.

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • Mel P

    Love this cam, maybe because it's almost at ground level. Hope all is well at the Olive Tree, can't wait to get back there.

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • Bill Pearson

    Great to have the Olive Tree camera back on. Thank you and welcome back to the Olive Tree.
    Should have been visiting Brugge on the 4th of July. We will be back for Christmas fingers crossed
    Our 24th year of visiting your wonderful city.

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • Paul

    Welcome back the olive tree, great to have this second but original camera back!

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • Deborah Schroeder

    Yea the camera is back. I so missed this view and like you Deborah, I see the spot where I waved to my friends in America,

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • Derek05

    Great Cam, welcome back

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • Clive Shears

    I'm so happy you are back! and the camera as well.

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • Deborah Luzack

    I'm so happy you are back! Fantastic food and I get to see the spot I waved from when I was there! So very glad you are still with us. Thank-you soooo very much!

  • avatar
    • 6 months ago
    • Peter

    Last day of 2019. Roll on the 20's

  • avatar
    • 7 months ago
    • Johnny.

    Guess the beer was pretty expensive steve, hope you enjoyed it !!!

  • avatar
    • 7 months ago
    • steve

    I was here at 1030 local on the Left just in front of the black post waving like mad, people thought I was mad ! talking to my folks on the mobile at the same time. Had a lovely (strong) Zog beer in the cafe in the back ground....how much !!!!!!!!

  • avatar
    • 7 months ago
    • PMM

    The 17 Dec. @ Steve hope you’ve both got your walking shoes on! We loved it there - beautiful atmosphere at this time of year.