The Markt
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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  • Colin W
    Bala, United Kingdom82 contributions
    Christmas Market that lacks the Christmas Spirit
    This was our twelfth visit to Brugge in the Christmas run up. Gone are any of the signs of a jolly Christmas, the ice rink now relegated to the "Lake of love area". What Christmas stalls were in the Markt, were in steel shipping containers, with the displays facing inwards, the smaller market on Simon Stevinplein has gone, replaced by the same container based stalls, mainly selling food, again most facing inwards, so no Christmas vibes. Already looking for 2023 Christmas break,, but reluctant to come to Brugge again.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 January 2023
  • Raintree_Thailand
    Bangkok, Thailand3,760 contributions
    Heart and soul of Bruges!
    Grand square in the center of Old Bruges, punctuated by the huge imposing Belfort towering 83 meters above the square. The Markt is the hub of activity in a city packed with energy. The square is ringed with attractive restaurants and pubs and fabulous old buildings.
    Visited November 2022
    Written 18 January 2023
  • Jim W
    Schonaich, Germany2,842 contributions
    Another Gorgeous Belgian Grand Square
    While I still think the Grote Markt in Brussel is more beautiful, this one in Bruges is absolutely gorgeous with many places to eat, drink, play, and do many tourist things. The Belfry is to the one end of the square and restaurants surround the other side. There is a little carnival for the youngsters to enjoy. My wife and I simply enjoyed sitting, having a glass of wine, and watching life. Here you can also take a horse and carriage ride as well as the city bus tour.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 May 2023
  • Stanley S
    Winter Garden, Florida537 contributions
    Changing
    OK, so this review is only for the Markt itself and I will praise that. The Markt and its architecture is beautiful and one could sit and study it for hours. The issue I have is with the cheesy tourist driven cafes that offer poor tourist-driven food and crowds. They even go as far as putting out English menus hawking their wares and advertising for tourists. As far as the Markt itself, it is one of the most beautiful squares in Europe with its centerpiece, The Belfort. Unfortunately it is ruined by The Historium and the poor horses who endlessly carry about tourists. Listen, I get it; Bruges derives much of its income from tourism but it has gotten out of hand, There are roaming hordes of teens and pre-teens on excursions from school, only to be complicated by day bus trips. On our last visit we at least had a bit of a respite from the day trips during the week. We were surprised at how busy the weekdays were as last trip there were times we felt as if we had the city to ourselves. Forget about the weekends where the crowds are getting to Venice-size proportions. I digress. We loved this city and wanted to return so badly, hang out in The Markt, experience the farmers market and the people of Bruges, but this visit was a disappointment as to how tourism is ruining it. Unrelated to The Markt, we did make our own fun, sought out lesser crowded areas, did a lot more window shopping and try for the experiences that would not necessarily attract crowds. I suggest you do too. Stay away from the Markt as much as possible.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 24 May 2023
  • Leonhkny
    Hong Kong, China14,203 contributions
    Center of Bruges
    Bruges' central square is one of the most picturesque places in the lovely historic city. With horse carriages tiptoeing around grand guildhalls, the Markt captures the best of the Dutch Golden Ages. No doubt it attracts tourists worldwide.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 10 June 2023
  • David
    Oxford, United Kingdom1,523 contributions
    Picturesque.
    The markt square is a worthwhile spot to spend some time. Nice surroundings. Really nice bells sounding from the tower. There are plenty of cafes catering to tourists who want to appreciate the views and surroundings.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 2 July 2023
  • gfsc5
    Perth, Australia1,472 contributions
    Exquisite city square
    Bruges is a medieval city. UNESCO listed. And it's easy to see why. Stunning old buildings, canals, and more. The Markt is a lovely, large and open square surrounded by wonderful buildings. Lots and lots of photo ops. Well worth a visit but do take the time to head off down all the side streets as well.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 July 2023
  • jaybeeFL
    Palm Harbor, Florida3,280 contributions
    A "Must See"
    This is the huge main square of the old town and has the magnificent Stadhuis as the centerpiece along with a row of colorful restaurants and several other historic structures, one of which houses a museum. It is also a convenient place to hire a horse and carriage or pedicab to take you on a citywide tour. Great place to start your walking tour as well.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 August 2023
  • Barbara D
    Lemont, Illinois56 contributions
    Enjoyable Journey Into the Past of Belgium
    The Markt delivered as promised. It is enchanting to experience. We were fortunate to be there for the Wednesday open-air market, loaded with vendors and street musicians. A canal boat tour is a must to understand the architectural history and orientation of the area. The Burg seems to be more of where the "action" is. Beer is the BEST for those who like beer; chocolates are incomparable; buy HERE if you want the best.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 September 2023
  • Brucestewart
    Livingston, United Kingdom9,744 contributions
    Excellent place to sit and watch the world go by
    My wife and I were visiting Bruges as part of a coach trip to Belgium and the Netherlands to see some of the Christmas markets. After a general look round the centre of the town she wanted to do some shopping so we went our separate ways for a short time. I went to one of the restaurants bordering the edge of the market square and had a pot of coffee to occupy me during a very relaxing half hour.
    Visited November 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 October 2023
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Jamie C
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Dec. 2023 • Couples
Well visited both Christmas markets and what can i say unless your an alcoholic or want 300 pairs of hats and gloves i would really give it a miss every other stall is either alcohol or hats and gloves, if i had paid to enter i would want a refund
Written 3 December 2023
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SarahHawkes
Crawley, UK70 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Friends
Lovely buzzy atmosphere, horses with carriages, amazing market on certain days, busy restaurants (though fairly basic fayre), bicycles and tourists everywhere...great place to people watch. The clock tower with it's 16 bells plays every 15 minutes and adds to the atmosphere
Written 14 October 2023
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tk3232
Sugar Land, TX3,822 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Couples
The Markt (Market Square) is the main square of city. Ringed by the frilly-spired post office, lots of restaurant terraces, great old gabled buildings, and the massive bell tower, which has stood over the Markt since 1300 and historical restaurant/cafe Craenenburg it's been open here since 1905. Most of the old buildings are gone, but on the opposite side of the square, but pay attention, locate the rectangular-shaped house (15th century).
Also on the Markt located the Historium - multimedia exhibit re-creating the sight, sound, and smells of 1430s Bruges (highly recommend to visit).

Today the Markt is the heart of the modern city. Few days a week is a food/flower market here. We enjoyed the free carillon concerts inside the courtyard of Bell Tower (Belfort) , (see the posted schedule over there). The main shopping street Steenstraat stretches the center of Markt to big 't Zang Squrare and eventually all the way to the train station.
We were very lucky that in mid-September, Flanders Day was celebrated in Bruges, there was music in the square all day long, an orchestra was playing on the plaza and many museums were free.
Written 6 October 2023
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Brucestewart
Livingston, UK9,744 contributions
Nov. 2022 • Couples
My wife and I were visiting Bruges as part of a coach trip to Belgium and the Netherlands to see some of the Christmas markets. After a general look round the centre of the town she wanted to do some shopping so we went our separate ways for a short time. I went to one of the restaurants bordering the edge of the market square and had a pot of coffee to occupy me during a very relaxing half hour.
Written 6 October 2023
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David N
Brisbane, Australia1,696 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Couples
The Markt in Bruges is a wonderful area filled with historic buildings and atmosphere. There is so much that captivates the imagination
Written 4 October 2023
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Josie Iino
Vienna, Austria116 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Friends
The square in Brussels is considerably nicer, to be honest. This square is large, there is minimal shade protecting one from the sun, and a lot of it is currently under construction. However, it is pretty, and needed to get to main attractions!
Written 21 September 2023
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Barbara D
Lemont, IL56 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Couples
The Markt delivered as promised. It is enchanting to experience. We were fortunate to be there for the Wednesday open-air market, loaded with vendors and street musicians. A canal boat tour is a must to understand the architectural history and orientation of the area. The Burg seems to be more of where the "action" is. Beer is the BEST for those who like beer; chocolates are incomparable; buy HERE if you want the best.
Written 16 September 2023
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thewillow
Perth, Australia748 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Friends
This market in the central square & is one of the suggested attractions in Brugge. Large of just fruit, veggies & flowers. We were expecting more market stores, we must have been mistaken. The square is surrounded by restaurants & lovely historic buildings.
Written 13 September 2023
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jaybeeFL
Palm Harbor, FL3,280 contributions
Jul. 2023 • Couples
This is the huge main square of the old town and has the magnificent Stadhuis as the centerpiece along with a row of colorful restaurants and several other historic structures, one of which houses a museum. It is also a convenient place to hire a horse and carriage or pedicab to take you on a citywide tour. Great place to start your walking tour as well.
Written 16 August 2023
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gfsc5
Perth, Australia1,472 contributions
Jul. 2023 • Couples
Bruges is a medieval city. UNESCO listed. And it's easy to see why.

Stunning old buildings, canals, and more.

The Markt is a lovely, large and open square surrounded by wonderful buildings. Lots and lots of photo ops.

Well worth a visit but do take the time to head off down all the side streets as well.
Written 31 July 2023
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The Markt admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost AU$31.88, while a popular guided tour starts around AU$5.01 per person.

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