Markt Square Tours

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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. 
Location
Address: Markt, Bruges, Belgium
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Bruges Historium Ticket with Audio Guide

Experience a day in the life of a medieval apprentice at the Bruges Historium, an interactive museum designed to transport you back to 15th-century Belgium. History comes alive through multimedia and special effects as you walk through seven different themed rooms with an audio guide. Enhance your visit with an optional virtual reality experience or drinks in the Duvelorium bar overlooking Market Square.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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  • Duration: 1 hour
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Historium Bruges Thirsty Time Traveller Ticket

Step into the shoes of a medieval apprentice during Belgium’s Golden Age with an all-inclusive package at the Bruges Historium. With an audio guide, explore seven themed rooms that bring the city’s past to life through decor, storytelling, and multimedia effects, and then be transported into the center of the 15th-century action with an interactive virtual reality experience. After this detailed ‘time travel,’ relax with your choice of drink while overlooking Market Square in the cozy Duvelorium bar.
  • Duration: 2 to 3 hours
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Guided Bruges Day Trip from Paris

Spend a day exploring the picturesque Belgian town of Bruges on a day trip from Paris. This canal-filled city has the well-earned nickname of Little Venice of the North, and it also happens to have an incredibly well-preserved historic town center. Enjoy a guided walking tour, plus free time to see the town on your own.
  • Duration: 14 hours
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Ghent and Bruges Day Trip from Brussels

Immerse yourself in the medieval majesty and rich historical heritage of Ghent and Bruges on a full-day trip from Brussels. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, marvel at the UNESCO-listed city of Ghent as you visit legendary landmarks like the Castle of the Counts, St Bavo’s Cathedral and the picturesque old port. Then, travel through the verdant Belgian countryside to Bruges in order to witness the architectural beauty and winding waterways of the iconic city. Stroll quaint cobbled streets on the way to Market Square and absorb the sacred ambience of the Chapel of the Holy Blood during your comprehensive tour of the city.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Bruges Express City Tour from Brussels

Transport yourself back in time and discover the jewels of Belgium’s architectural crown on a full-day Bruges city tour from Brussels. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, stroll the quaint cobbled streets that surround Minnewater (Lake of Love); absorb the sacred splendor of Our Lady’s Church; and admire the medieval splendor of Market Square. Gain fascinating insight into Bruges’ rich historical heritage and enjoy some leisurely free time to purchase special souvenirs in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city. Enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from Brussels on this enriching tour.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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