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.
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