Bruges, Belgium: Medieval Gem

published 7 years ago by Rick Steves

Bruges' Market Square is ringed by restaurant terraces and old gabled buildings with the 300' bell tower soaring above it all. Climb the tower's 366 steps for a commanding view, enjoy a free carillon concert, or rent a bike and get lost in the peaceful back streets. For more information on the Rick Steves' Europe TV series — including episode descriptions, scripts, participating stations, travel information on destinations and more — visit

The market square ringed by restaurant terrace is great old gabled buildings and the bell tower marks the city center today as it did in it medieval had. Back then I can now came right to this main square. Farmers in the countryside would ship their wool and flaxen to bruise. Before loading it on to outgoing boats industrious locals would maximize their profit by dying spinning and weaving it into finished textiles. The bell tower has stood over markets where since 1300 climbed the 366 steps for a commanding view. The tower houses a grand Caroline. Rather than fingers the Caroline player uses his fists and feet ...

more episodes from Rick Steves' Europe Video