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
    • 2 days ago
    • "Texan1"

    Pretty! Makes me feel festive!

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    • 3 days ago
    • "Mel P"

    Yes it's Dutch, but might be helpful to translate it. I'm sure I hit the English language button.
    Nice to see lots of trees scattered about. It won't be a normal Christmas, but we'll make the best of it.

  • avatar
    • 3 days ago
    • "steve"

    its dutch - " The city became a real Christmas city, but few tourists see it, but the residents of Bruges. Beautiful colorful walks!"

  • avatar
    • 3 days ago
    • "Derek05"

    Mel, but not as easy to understand if you dont speak French !

  • avatar
    • 5 days ago
    • "Mel P"

    That's easy for you to say Herman.

  • avatar
    • 6 days ago
    • "Herman Gevaert"

    De stad werd een echte kerststad maar weinig toeristen zien het, wel de Bruggelingen. Prachtige kleurrijke wandelingen!

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • "Freya"

    More lights. Very pretty.

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • "Freya"

    Derek just work.

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • "Derek05"

    Good Morning Freya, what you up to today ??

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • "Freya"

    Derek & Paul I too hope he is ok and still watching the cams :-)

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • "Patti"

    Hola todos!
    Así que mucha belleza ahora en todo.
    La Navidadse nos acerca y me encanta mirar las luces y decoración en la ciudad.
    Saludos!!

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • "Derek05"

    Paul, yes, we are EnJoying EnJoying life as best we can. I agree, he hasn't PoSted much lately on any cam, we joke, but just hope he is ok. OkAy OkAy.

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • "Paul"

    Yes mate just a little joke , he hasn’t been posting any comments for a while now. How are you doing fairing well I hope?

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • "Derek05"

    Hi Paul, now what's with this EnJoy EnJoy ? I'm sure Ive seen that somewhere before.The lights are lovely.

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • "Paul"

    One more to look at in Italy is a small tree but it’s a picturesque village and I love to watch when the snow comes down, it’s colfosco in badia -bolzano .derek05 also visits this cam!

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • "Paul"

    Mel p and Freya you may also like the smaller tree in radstadt in austria, I dont think its aluminated yet but worth a look when it is.