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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 Tour

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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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.98
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$60.98
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Private Historical Tour: The Highlights of Bruges

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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  • 2 hours
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$91.98
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Withlocals The 10 Tastings: Bruges Private Food Tour

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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  • 3 hours
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$83.70
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The Best of Bruges - History Through Stories Walking Tour

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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  • 2 hours 15 minutes to 2 hours 45 minutes
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$19.63
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$19.63

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

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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  • 3 hours
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Evening Tour: The Dark Side of Bruges

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 (only available during weekends)! IMPORTANT NOTE: Our guides are volunteers who offer tours for tips. The fee only covers the cost of booking via this platform.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Historical Walking Tour: Legends of Bruges

Historical Walking 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! IMPORTANT NOTE: Our guides are volunteers who offer tours for tips. The fee only covers the cost of booking via this platform.
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  • 2 hours 15 minutes
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Private Bruges Walk (3h)

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 to 5 hours
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$306.60
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Zeebrugge Cruiship Bruges full day tour

Zeebrugge Cruiship Bruges full day tour

Beautiful Bruges-by-the-Sea is a marvelous place to visit during your cruise in the North Sea. This enjoyable excursion is designed specifically for cruise ship passengers. Your private guide in Zeebrugge will greet you on shore when your ship docks, awaiting your arrival with a comfortable vehicle that will take you into the town to begin your adventure in the city often called "The Venice of the North." You will have the opportunity to visit the city where the movie "In Bruges" was made, with actor Collin Farell. Same thing for Bolliwoord movie PK. This historical city has been noted by UNESCO for its cultural significance and has been placed upon the World Heritage List.
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  • 2 days
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$1,020.33
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Discover Historic & Authentic Bruges

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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  • 2 hours
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$358.71
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Private guided tour in Bruges (3 hours)

Private guided tour in Bruges (3 hours)

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During this guided walk the beauty of medieval Bruges is shown. To guarantee quality and safety we organize private tours. The local guide tells about the habits, culture and history. We help you to feel comfortable and we will bring you to the charming and hidden gems of the city. We will visit the places of your interest! And off course ... we will taste the divine chocolate! 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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  • 3 hours
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History, Magic and Chocolate tour of Bruges

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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  • 2 to 3 hours
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$60.10
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$60.10
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Private Evening Tour: The Dark Side of Bruges

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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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Private: Discover Bruges beers & brewery with chocolate pairing by a young local

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

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A taste of local sweet delicacies & a unique combination of beer and artisan chocolate. Discover some hidden gems. Learn - in a personalised way- how Belgium got this fame for their beers 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. Get personalised beer-, bar- and restaurant suggestion
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  • 3 hours
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$166.20
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Live - virtual walking tour through Bruges

Live - virtual walking tour through Bruges

This virtual tour is to provide an overview of the city by sharing some nice insights on local culture, history, typical Belgium treats, nightlife and more... The tour starts in the Main Square. We would walk around the Belfry Tower which is our oldest moniment in the city center. We keep walking to get to the Simon Square. Our tour continues to the Church of our Lady which is our tallest monument and next to it we would see how the wealthiest family of the city used to live in the gruuthuse museum. We will keep walking until we arrive to the brewery Bourgogne de Flandes where we need to talk about the beers, then we stop in the most photographed place of Bruges; de rozenhoedkaai. To finish the experiece we stop in the Burg Square. All of these sites will be visited from the outside. The tour will include some nice stories and ledgends about the things we will be seeing.
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  • 1 hour 5 minutes
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$38.26
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Photo Tour

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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  • 2 to 3 hours
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$77.72
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Bicycle tour, 3 hours, windmills of Bruges, rental bike included

Bicycle tour, 3 hours, windmills of Bruges, rental bike 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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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$39.46
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Explore Bruges UNESCO heritage city on a private tour with scenic boat ride

Explore Bruges UNESCO heritage city on a private tour with scenic boat ride

Historic Centre of Bruges is an exceptional sample of an architectural ensemble, demonstrating important milestones in the cultural and commercial areas in medieval Europe. Brugge has a great-preserved medieval city center that is perfect for exploring on foot, but you will also soon see why Bruges has been compared to Venice, and you really must experience a relaxing boat ride along the winding canals of Bruges.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$867.00
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Unforgettable private tour to Belgium’s most delightful cities Bruges and Ghent

Unforgettable private tour to Belgium’s most delightful cities Bruges and Ghent

Bruges and Ghent are two beautiful medieval Belgian cities, often called "Northern Venice" and "the most Flemish". There is no other place like Bruges in Belgium. With its authentic medieval architecture and scenic canals, the so-called "reien", the city really is fairy tale material and on thу other hand, there is no other place in Belgium like Ghent where contemporary design, art, fashion, gastronomy, and music blend so perfectly with the past.
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  • 8 hours
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$1,134.00
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Walk & Explore Bruges with the interactive Qula City Trail

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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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$34.68
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Withlocals Your Way: Bruges 100% Personalised Food Tour with a Local

Withlocals Your Way: Bruges 100% Personalised Food Tour with a Local

Whether you're looking for the best sweets in Bruges, a beer tasting, the best waffles of the city, or any other food experience, your favorite local foodie has you covered! This 100% personalised food tour is here to satisfy your Belgian cravings. Trust and believe, the local foodies have explored Bruges, discovering the city bite by bite and are ready to craft the food experience of your dreams. Feel free to get in touch with your favorite host; they know the best food hotspots. Listen to your stomach and check out the food tour options the locals have created for you. Pick the tastings that meet your eye from the list below. If what you're looking for is not there, don't worry! Let your local host know, and they'll personalise the tour even more. *Please keep in mind that this experience shows a base price that will change according to your requests and the personalised offer your local foodie creates for you.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$117.18
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Discover Bruges beer with a chocolate pairing by a young local

Discover Bruges beer with a chocolate pairing by a young local

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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  • 3 hours
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$47.71
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Bruges walking tour with cheese and beer

Bruges walking tour with cheese and beer

There are very few places in the world that cause a strong sensation and, without a doubt, this magical city causes us an effect without equal. Its irresistible history and picturesque streets have caused UNESCO to recognize it as a World Heritage Site. Discover his secrets with us For more than two hours we will walk the streets of the historic center of Bruges and discover the secrets behind its walls. At the end we will enjoy a tasting of local products inside a historic 19th century building in the center of Bruges, which used to be the Post Office building, now it is the heritage of the city.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$34.68
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The Highlights of Bruges: History & Legends

The Highlights of Bruges: History & Legends

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Bruges is a city with centuries of history and many fascinating legends. Learn all about them on this private guided tour. You’ll visit many of Bruges’ must-see attractions, such as markets, churches, a lake, and even a brewery. Listen to the stories associated with each place. You’ll get a much better understand of the city than you would if touring alone.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$3.58
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