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Market Square (Markt) Tours

Market Square (Markt)
The medieval-style Markt (Market Square) is the setting for Bruges’ most photogenic landmarks, including the belfry (Belfort) and the Provinciaal Hof. At its center stands a statue of Jan Breydel and Pieter de Coninck, who played leading roles in the Flemish resistance against the French in the 1302 Battle of the Golden Spurs.

The Basics
This pedestrianized square is at the center of historical Bruges, and almost every visitor to the city passes through here at some point. Attractions on the Markt include the Historium Bruges interactive experience and the 12th-century belfry, which can be climbed for views over the city. Almost all sightseeing tours of the city, including day tours from Paris, London, and the Belgian capital of Brussels, stop at the Markt.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Markt is a must for all visitors to Bruges.
  • Cafés—many with outdoor terraces—are dotted around the square.
  • Bring a camera; the step-gabled houses around the square make a picturesque photo backdrop.
  • The surface of the square is cobbled and uneven, so wear appropriate shoes. 

How to Get There
The Markt is situated right in the heart of medieval Bruges, about a 20-minute walk from Bruges train station. Local buses services (2, 3, 4, 13, 14, and 90) stop nearby. 

When to Get There 
Come on Wednesday mornings to browse the traditional market, when vendors sell local produce, flowers, and crafts. Another good time to visit is during December, when the square houses a festive Christmas market. 

Bruges’ Other Main Square
While in Bruges, be sure to stop by the city’s other main square: Burg Square. Just a 2-minute walk east of the Markt, Burg Square is equally photogenic, with several notable examples of historical architecture. Look for the Gothic-style Stadhuis (City Hall), which dates back to the 14th century, and the gold-adorned facade of the Palace of the Liberty of Bruges. Formerly a city courthouse, the palace is now the seat of Bruges’ city council. 
Address: Markt, Bruges, Belgium
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Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems™: Best of Bruges PRIVATE TourHalf-day Tours

Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems™: Best of Bruges PRIVATE Tour

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Get a local introduction to Bruges' highlights on a private tour with a guide who's passionate about life in the city. Enjoy the flexibility to customize the tour to your interests, as you take in historic sites, classic architecture, and colorful, canal-side neighborhoods. Stop to explore local markets and to taste some locally-made chocolate, then finish with insider tips for your remaining time in Bruges.
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Private Historical Tour: The Highlights of BrugesPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Historical Tour: The Highlights of Bruges

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Avoid crowds and enjoy a more enriching experience of Bruges than is typically offered by group tours. This private walking tour is exclusively for your party so, as you explore the city's sights, you'll have ample opportunity to talk with your guide and learn all about the city's intriguing history.
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Withlocals The 10 Tastings™: Bruges PRIVATE Food TourHalf-day Tours

Withlocals The 10 Tastings™: Bruges PRIVATE Food Tour

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Taste your way through Bruges’ enchanting old town on a private gourmet tour designed to show you how to eat like a local. Join in the favorite Belgian pastime of eating as a guide introduces you to 10 different specialties like fries, waffles, chocolate truffles, cheese, and fresh Flemish seafood. Wash it all down with fine Belgian beer, and ask all the questions you like for a personalized tour through Bruges’ culinary culture.
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Private Medieval Tour With a Local Guide in BrugesPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Medieval Tour With a Local Guide in Bruges

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Learn about the vagabonds, heroes, and myths that belong to Bruges on a private walking tour of the medieval center. With a guide just for you and your group, the tour has a flexible itinerary that can be tailored to the sights you want to see. Hear stories about the Burg and Minnewater Park, and finish by the historic almshouse of Begijnhof.
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The Magic of Bruges at Night Private TourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

The Magic of Bruges at Night Private Tour

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Experience the magical medieval city of Bruges on this guided night tour. After meeting up with your informative, friendly guide at Markt 5, wander Bruges’ cobbled streets, admiring its canals, central market and historic buildings. Avoid the tourist traps and visit sites like Burg Square, Cafe Rose Red, and Jan Van Eyck Square. Enjoy a complimentary drink while learning about the city’s history and culture.
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The Essence of Bruges Private Tour with a LocalPrivate Sightseeing Tours

The Essence of Bruges Private Tour with a Local

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With beautiful canal-side scenery, UNESCO–listed Bruges is one of Belgium’s must-see cities—but exploring independently means missing its hidden secrets. On this tour, with two start times to suit your plans, explore as your private guide shares the backstories behind top attractions like 14th-century Bruges City Hall and the Basilica of the Holy Blood. Along the way, sample some of the tasty Belgian chocolate for which Bruges is famous.
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The Best of Bruges - History Through Stories Walking TourCultural Tours

The Best of Bruges - History Through Stories Walking Tour

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We'll start by heading to some places most travellers won't get to see. Then we'll visit some of the places you can't miss out on. A great combination between highlights and hidden gems. But most importantly: our guides are passionate local storytellers. So don't expect a tour crammed with historical details, but the stories that really can bring history to life and give you an insight in how life must've been back in the golden era of Bruges.
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Evening Tour: The Dark Side of BrugesHistorical & Heritage Tours

Evening Tour: The Dark Side of Bruges

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Discover the fascinating history, myths and legends of Bruges on an evening walking tour with an expert local guide. Get off the beaten track and discover a side of Bruges most tourists never get to see. The tour takes about 1.5 hours and ends with a free beer in a local pub called the Bauhaus!
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Historical Tour: Legends of BrugesBeer & Brewery Tours

Historical Tour: Legends of Bruges

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Walk around Bruges with a local guide, explore the historic centre and travel back in time to the golden days of Bruges. Our guide will tell you interesting facts and stories of love, glory and fortune, but also of intrigue, war and conflict. He or she can also advise you on where to eat and where to drink during your stay. By the end of the tour you'll know more than a local!
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Private 3-hour walking tour of Bruges with official tour guideHalf-day Tours

Private 3-hour walking tour of Bruges with official tour guide

Enjoy this private walking tour in the city of Bruges alongside your private official guide and get to know the best of this UNESCO World Heritage Site has to offer. During this tour you will visit the most famous monuments and sites of the city. Starting from the main square, you will walk from here to the lovely structure located in the Grôte Markt, the Provinciaal Hof. Still at the square, you will visit the Xpo Salvador Dalí and the medieval bell tower of Belfort. You will pass by the Statue of Simon Stevin, visit the Town Hall, The Saint Salvator Cathedral, the main church of the city and much more. Tours includes inside visits to the Church of Our Lady, the tallest structure in the city and the second tallest brickwork tower in the world and wonderful the Basilique of the Holy Blood.
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Discover Historic & Authentic Bruges

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\Get off the beaten track and explore top sites and parts of Bruges not normally seen by tourists with this tour of the city, led by a local. You'll visit the Old St John's Hospital, the Beguinage, and the historic center of the city, with plenty of time to ask questions and deepen your understanding of the city.
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History, Magic and Chocolate tour of Bruges

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Not only one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Bruges also boasts many layers of fascinating history. Unpeel those layers with this private walking tour. In the company of just your party and a guide, learn all about the people and events that shaped the city, from the Druids, to the Romans, Vikings, Knights Templars, and Burgundians.
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Private Evening Tour: The Dark Side of Bruges

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Avoid the crowds that fill Bruges' streets by day by embarking on a private nighttime walking tour. In the company of just your party and a guide, discover the intriguing histories hidden behind the city's ancient walls and top off your evening with an included beer at the Bauhaus bar.
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Private: Discover Bruges beers & brewery with chocolate pairing by a young localHalf-day Tours

Private: Discover Bruges beers & brewery with chocolate pairing by a young local

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Get the best customised high-quality beer selection. Listen to stories from our young, local, passionate guide that launched one of Ghent’s 1st craft beers. A taste of local sweet delicacies & a unique combination of beer and artisan chocolate. Discover some hidden gems. Learn about the traditional beer histories & the origin of the ale, lager, triples, trappists, etc… Participate in our original beer game that will guarantee a great time. Taste our high-quality, delicious Belgian beers, based on your current knowledge. For sure a good variety of styles. Discover the real taste of hops and malts.
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Private Bruges Walk (3h)Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Bruges Walk (3h)

Known as the Venice of the North, because of its peaceful canals, Bruges is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It was a justified motive that prompted UNESCO in 2000 to include the entire historical city centre on the World Heritage list. The current city boundaries still coincide exactly with those of the medieval city centre, and the spaces and structures that were so typical of Bruges in the past have been preserved. Walking along the maze of winding cobbled alleys and romantic canals, you imagine yourself to be in medieval times.
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3 hours guided walk in Bruges or Ghent from € 90.00 for a group of up to 15 people.Hiking & Camping

3 hours guided walk in Bruges or Ghent from € 90.00 for a group of up to 15 people.

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During this guided walk a local takes you through Bruges or Ghent. To guarantee quality we like to walk with small groups of up to 15 people. A local guide tells about the habits, culture and history. We help you to feel comfortable and show you the charming and hidden gems of the city. The local takes you to the places of your interest! And off course ... we will taste the chocolate divine! But we also make time to answer your questions. As a local we know the interesting stories. We are willing to share it with our guest in an enthusiastic way!
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Photo Tour Cultural Tours

Photo Tour "Hans Memling" + Boat trip + Brugorama

After visiting the most romantic and picturesque sites we offer you a 30 min. boat trip on the canals* Free gift! Get BRUGORAMA, the biggest photo show about Bruges and let us take together outstanding photos. With more than 250 photos BRUGORAMA will let you relive everthing you saw and much that you certainly should see the next time. You'll be back home with a fascinating collection of photos from top photographers and a series you made yourself thanks to the examples we will show you and our tips and tricks. Together with the photo show BRUGORAMA you will receive the illustrated information brochure with a description of the places we visited and the pictures you took. Don't be surprised if you fall in love with our city and start planning your next visit. * Available during the boat season from 1/3 to 15/11except in bad weather.
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Bicycle tour, 3 h, windmills of Bruges, 33 euros per person, bicycle rental includedBike & Mountain Bike Tours

Bicycle tour, 3 h, windmills of Bruges, 33 euros per person, bicycle rental included

Bruges is a small city with a rich history. The city walls have a length of 8.5 km. You can cycle along quiet paths. You will pass mills, canals and city gates. Bruges is a unique destination. It is Unesco world heritage. If you cycle through the historic center, you are just in an open air museum. You will see cobblestone streets, picturesque squares and impressive facades. This medieval city has well preserved its special features. A bike ride a fantastic way to discover the city. With a local guide you will discover hidden squares, cozy bars and beautiful alleys.
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Walk & Explore Bruges with the interactive Qula City TrailWalking Tours

Walk & Explore Bruges with the interactive Qula City Trail

Price per group of 2-6 people. Within 2 hours the Qula Bruges City Trail will guide you along the best spots in Bruges, while playing fun riddles and assignments on your smartphone. Try to set a top score with family or friends and explore the city. There are no fixed starting times or reservations, you pick your own day and time. The Trail is available 24/7 and there is no time limit - you can start, pause and stop whenever it suits you! It's offered in multiple languages (Eng, Ger, Fr, Ned, Sp, It and more).The City Trail is great fun and the most affordable outing for families and groups of friends. How does it work? With your booking, you will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to play the Trail on your smartphone. Android or IPhone compatible. Once at the starting point, you begin your quest through the city, it's that easy!
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Bruges Night Package: Evening Tour & Beer TastingHalf-day Tours

Bruges Night Package: Evening Tour & Beer Tasting

Join our combo tour for a fun night out to discover the timeless beauty of Bruges, drink delicious beer and make new friends! First we take you on a tour of the lesser known parts of Bruges, the side tourists never get to see. We'll tell you old tales, legends and ghost stories that are as old as the city itself, and we'll make the fascinating history of Bruges come to life! The tour ends at the Bauhaus bar with a complementary beer. Next we’ll offer you a tasting of six of the best Belgian beers, including what is widely considered to be one of the best beers in the world, while the guide offers you an insight into our famed beer culture. The beer tasting takes approx. 2h and entirely takes place at the Bauhaus. Explore the dark side of Bruges along with Belgian beer culture in this 2-in-1 tour!
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Bruges Walking City Tour Luxury Tours

Bruges Walking City Tour

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Forget about unprepared guides, huge groups, last minute cancellations ... Hire the professionalism of Niceday tours for a minimum price, FROM € 10 PERSON. Our guides explain the interiors of the churches, talk about art and history and discover the culture of Flanders. At 10:30 am we pick you up in Bargeplein (next to the red pergola and the toilets) to begin our visit in the charming city of Bruges, located 100 kilometers northwest of the Belgian capital and just 15 km from the North Sea.
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Private 10-hour Tour to Ghent and Bruges from Brussels with Hotel Pick UpDay Trips

Private 10-hour Tour to Ghent and Bruges from Brussels with Hotel Pick Up

Bruges and Ghent are two charming, small towns in Belgium, each just a short train ride away from Brussels. In a perfect world, Bruges and Ghent each deserve their own day for exploring. However, if you are short on time, you can visit Bruges and Ghent in one day. We visited Bruges and Ghent in one day from Brussels. It’s a long, busy day, but we loved it. For the best experience, you need to get an early start. Bruges, the more popular of these two towns, tends to get very crowded midday. To avoid spending your valuable time in line, get to Bruges in the morning. On this day trip, you can stroll fairytale streets, dine on waffles and chocolate, take in the view from two belfries, go on a canal cruise, and visit an ancient castle. Here is our exact itinerary through Bruges and Ghent. Enjoy!
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