The Main Market Square - "Markt" in Flemish spelling,
also known as the Gross Markt or Old Market you will find
that The Markt is the very heart of Bruges and brings
together all the key things you want to see and experience
on your visit to Bruges.
Located right in the centre of the city it is quite small
at only 1 hectare (2 1/2 acers) but makes up for it's small
size by enclosing more history and current activity than you
From it's roots as a historical town square for trade and
public gatherings it has transformed into today's Markt of
today with restaurnts, cafes, shops and market stalls on the
cobbled square against a backdrop of medieval buildings.
Horse drawn carriage give rides to visitors who want
to experience an authentic European historic means of
transport, while in the background the bell tower rings the
The square is lined with restaurants, most with outside
seating, where you can sit and watch the world go by.
Or eat fried potatoes with Mayo from the Frites stalls in
front of the Bell Tower on
Market Day which is Wednesday
Inside the Markt square itself are two museums, the
Dali Xpo Gallery which is a collection of art by
Salvador Dali, and the "Historium" opened in
2012 which uses special effects and life size models to
bring you back to the golden ages of Bruge when it was a world city including
a replica of studio of the renowned painter Jan Van Eyck.