"His appearance is more than impressive. The memory of the old times seems to have settled in it, undisturbed by innovation and caprice ".
Here, in the nineteenth century, what was written by the Irish Thomas C. Grattan, about Bruges. A definition that would fit well even in our day. The city of Flanders is an authentic jewel. Impossible to remain indifferent to its marvelous architecture, to the historical center, to the medieval streets, to its canals ...
A beauty and a charm that acquire even more suggestion during the Christmas period. You will be greeted by a whirl of lights, colors and flavors. A truly magical place that, even in December, will warm your hearts. Markt Square e Simon Stevin Plein, they are the most important places where to find the famous Bruges Christmas markets. But, a little 'everywhere, you can admire buildings, houses, squares dressed for the occasion.
After all. The Bruges Christmas markets are considered the most beautiful in the world. Seeing is believing.
It might seem quite strenuous, climb up the 366 steps that lead to the Belfort Tower, but the best start could not be. We recommend doing it in the evening. From the top of its 83 meters, you will have a really fantastic view of the whole illuminated city. A straight shot to the heart.
The place symbol of tradition and Christmas markets Bruges. During your Christmas holidays, you will often pass through this square. The stalls close a wonderful ice rink in the middle. Beside the latter, you will find a beautiful nativity scene. You can have fun with all your family, skating and shopping among the many vendors, housed in typical wooden houses.
You can bring home many souvenirs or handicrafts. The most gluttonous, can delight with sweets of all kinds. Do not miss the Buche de Noel, a roll of sponge bread stuffed with rum and cream, or the Speculoos, traditional sweets from the shape of St. Nikola.
The markets are open every day, starting from 23 November 2018, from Sunday to Thursday, from 10: 00 to 22: 30. Friday and Saturday, from 10: 00 to 23: 00.
Photo, 2014 Sam DeLong
A few hundred meters from Grote Markt, another icon of the Christmas markets Bruges. In addition to the many stalls, you can go shopping in what is considered the most commercial area of the town.
In the square you can admire the beautiful decorated trees. Do not forget to bring home some souvenirs, and taste the delicacies of Flanders. If the cold were too pungent, and your partner could not get too much heat (!!), a nice glass of gluhwein, it could be for you.
The street markets observe the following times: from Sunday to Thursday, from 10: 00 to 22: 30. Friday and Saturday, from 10: 00 to 23: 00.
Unmissable appointment for those who spent Christmas in Bruges. The 24 December, at midnight, many people gather for mass in the church inside the Begijnhof in Bruges. If you are in the main square, you can hear the wonderful symphony of the 47 bells that resonate throughout the surrounding area. Really magical.
During the period of the Bruges Christmas markets, the city hosts a truly unique event: the Festival of snow and ice sculptures. Beautiful, not to be missed.