Grote Markt in Bruges

(FR) Grand-Place de Bruges | (NL) Grote Markt van Brugge
The iconic square in the city center, where long history meets vibrant culture.
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Grote Markt (means Grand Place in Dutch), also known as Markt, is a popular destination in Bruges for visitors. It is a large, open square in the city center where you can enjoy the beautiful architecture, lively atmosphere, and various shops and restaurants.


Grote Markt has a rich history that dates back to the 9th century when it was used as a marketplace for traders to sell their goods. Over the centuries, it has undergone several renovations and improvements, with many of the buildings around the square being built in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Things to See and Do

Admire the Architecture

The Grote Markt is home to many historic buildings that feature stunning architecture that showcases the city’s rich history.

Statue of Jan Breydel and Pieter de Coninck

In 1309, Breydel, together with Pieter de Coninck and Jan Heem, again led an uprising in Bruges, aimed against the Treaty of Athis-sur-Orge (1305) forced upon Flanders by the French.


83 meters high and the city’s most prominent building. Those who climb to the top of the Belfry are rewarded with a breath-taking panorama.

Provinciaal Hof(Provincial Court)

This Neo-Gothic building was used as the government meeting hall until 1999, and is now mainly a ceremonial building, and also used for exhibitions.

Visit the Market

On Wednesdays, there is a market where you can find fresh produce, flowers, and other local goods.

Enjoy the Atmosphere

The Grote Markt is a lively and bustling square with street performers, musicians, and various shops, cafes and restaurants. It’s a great place to people-watch and soak up the city’s culture.

Climb the Belfry

The Belfry is a must-see attraction in Bruges. Visitors can climb to the top for stunning panoramic views of the city.

Hours and Fees


Open everyday, 24 hours




Tours including Grote Markt in Bruges are available.