Bruges was first mentioned in 820AD and has been a noted port for centuries. Eventually it was cut off from the sea by silting. The port for Bruges is now Zeebrugge (Bruges-on-sea). Having watched the movie "In Bruges" it was hard to wander around the square with scenes coming to mind! A lovely city to wander around.
The belfry has a 48 bell carillon and employs a full-time carilloneur to play at regular intervals - these could heard all through the back lanes!