Going to Belgium
by missj1981 on June 16, 2012
The Grote Markt gets its name because the square was used previously as a market. The market was in the 10th century already used around the year 1200 hold its first International Fair held. Where they first started building small wooden buildings were later built huge buildings around the square as the Waterhalle. The Water Hall was a huge warehouse at the end of the 18th century disappeared. The Belfry tower has evolved over the 13th to the 19th century the tower slowly develops into what it is today.On the big market you can find several buildings including the Belfry so. Definitely worth it to climb, simply because you have a nice view over the city. However, you have more than 300 steps to climb and it's quite a steep narrow staircase.The Great market consists of several buildings including a series of houses on the north side of the square. These houses are typical of the style with stepped gables. Understandably there are shops here as two bookstores where you can buy leaflets over the city and other books. We have reached a guide about the city for 3 euros and definitely recommended.Also on the square you will still find the white building of the Provincial Court and the post office was built with red bricks.In the middle of the square you will find here a statue of Jan Breydel and Pieter de Coninck, the two popular local heroes who in 1302 played a major role in the Flemish resistance against the French king, with the Battle of the Spurs result.When you are visiting the city, chances are that you get on the market. It is the central point of the city and very worthwhile to visit. It is a large square with impressive buildings. At the Market you will find stalls and Belgian Fries, several benches and terraces where you can enjoy a coffee or some food. Please note that because the prices here are higher than in the rest of Bruges and you should be careful how you order certain things. When we ordered two cups of coffee because we got a coffee can with a capacity for five cups of coffee and a bill of 10 euros. The Belgian fries are certainly recommended by the booth and we have also enjoyed delicious on a bench
I've never really been a fan of cultural activities during a weekend, but the last few years I increasingly appreciate it. Especially in a city like Bruges you just have to visit a few places, including the town hall.General InformationAddress: Burg 12 | 8000 BrugesOpen: daily from 9:30 to 17:00Closed: 01/01, Ascension Day (afternoon) and 25/12Prices: individual € 2 | Reduction € 6-25 and € j 1 | 0-5 years freeLocationIt would probably not surprising that the town hall is situated in the center of Bruges. The town hall dates from the year 1376 and is the oldest town hall in the Netherlands. The town hall is easy to find and well signposted. Given the historic center of Bruges is not accessible by car, you are appointed to a term to go.The buildingThe town hall dating from the fourteenth century and is an impressive high building. The exterior has a soft white color with a distinctive gray roof and several small towers. At the outside are also several statues to admire historical figures.Inside the town hallThe building is just part of having to visit the city of Bruges is still ruled from the building. Some parts are therefore shielded from the public. It is worth a look. From the moment you go inside you will already greeted by a huge room with impressively large paintings. On the left you have the information desk where you can get a ticket. The price is only 2 euros for an adult and you get taking a free audio guide. This guide works with numbers and each painting you have a number. Enter the number simply to get an explanation of the painting. This can already do in the room where you step inside and it goes by so the whole building.The most impressive is surely the Gothic hall where the council still meets. See the attached picture to make a good impression of the room. The room is filled with paintings of various power struggles, but also paintings of various monarchs and other important people. From the "reception room" to the Gooische room you end up between a painting of the famous French Napoleon visiting Bruges.The building is large and may be particularly high, but there is not too much sightseeing. So you have the reception hall, a few walks and the Gothic Room. There are many paintings on display and some articles about ancient life in Bruges. I think you all in all within 20 minutes and are sure everything is seen.ConclusionAn imposing building with impressive paintings. The entrance fee certainly reflects what you find in the building and it is clear why the entrance is so cheap. The audio guide is worth it to go inside and get a clear explanation of all the paintings in the building. For me, the city will house four stars.
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