Runs hourly 50-minute don-your-headphones city tours plus some two-hour trips to Damme. They start from the Markt; pay on board.
Still under wraps at the time of writing, the Historium occupies a neo-Gothic building on the northern side of the Markt. Taking...
Towering 83m above the square like a gigantic medieval rocket is the fabulous 13th-century belfort. There’s relatively little to see...
Nowhere else on the planet serves the fabulous 11% Garre draught beer, which comes with a thick floral head in a glass that’s almost a...
Takeaway frites (chips) and hot dogs (from €3) sold from two green vans on the Markt.
Bruges' nerve centre is the historic Markt, a large open square flanked by medieval-style buildings and bustling with horse-drawn carriages, open-air restaurants and camera-clicking tourists. Standing tall at its centre is a monument to Pieter De Coninck and Jan Breydel, the leaders of the Brugse Metten, and lording over everything is the fabulous belfry.
Most of the gabled guildhalls edging the Markt are not original. Notable at Markt 16 is Craenenburg café; in this building the Hapsburg heir Maximilian of Austria was imprisoned by the leaders of the city in 1488 after attempting to restrict their privileges. When Maximilian later became emperor, he took revenge by directing trade to Antwerp.
The Markt's eastern side is dominated by the Provinciaal Hof, a neogothic building home to the post office and a handy ATM.