Belfry and Covered Market of Bruges

Highly recommended
These two buildings form a lovely ensemble of polished brickwork. The belfry is the largest in Belgium and a symbol of the city of Bruges. It can be seen from miles around next to the city's other steeples. Its massive tower dates back to the 13C; the corner towers were added in the 14C, and the octagonal top floor, with its fine stonework, was added in the late 15C. The covered market dates back to the same period as the belfry and surrounds a pretty courtyard.

Useful information

Address:

Markt 7, 8000 Brugge

Phone:

+32 50 44 87 43

Price:

10 €

Opening hours

9.30am-6pm (last admission 4.15pm) - closed 1 Jan, Ascension Day (afternoon) and 25 Dec

Our reports

Just how medieval is Bruges?

When you take a tour of Bruges, your guide is certain to draw your attention to the Bonifaciusbrug (The Bridge of St Boniface). You will be told that this quaint medieval structure is the city's oldest bridge. But scan the nearby shops selling antique postcards and engravings of the city and you will not find any that depict the bridge. Why? Because it isn't medieval at all. The city's oldest bridge was erected here in 1910 !
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