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“Well worth the 366 Steps up the winding stair for the Views and to listen to and see the bells in action.”
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Belfort
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Ranked #14 of 124 things to do in Bruges
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The most important of Bruges' towers stands 83 metres tall. It houses, amongst other things, a carillon with 47 melodious bells. In the reception area, waiting visitors can discover all kinds of interesting information about the history and working of this unique world-heritage protected belfry. Those who take on the challenge of climbing the tower can pause for a breather on the way up in the old treasury, where the city's charters, seal and public funds were kept during the Middle Ages, and also at the level of the impressive clock or in the carillonneur's chamber. Finally, after a tiring 366 steps, your efforts will be rewarded with a breath-taking and unforgettable panoramic view of Bruges and her surroundings.
Reviewed 25 June 2014

As the Belfry dominates the skyline and the clarion of 47 Bells can be heard all over Bruges this is a must do attraction. My advice is to pick your time and try get there early to avoid the queues. We arrived at about 9.40 and no queue at all and headed to the top. Watch out for school trips as I think they limit the amount of people admitted at any one time as there was a big group of school kids waiting when we came down and we had just passed another group about half way down so you could have a long wait if you arrive at the wrong time.

The journey up is not too bad as you can stop in 3 or 4 places on the way up if needed and on the last bit it’s not possible to pass on the stairs so you may need to wait if there’s a group going either way. At the top you have the Bell tower and the clock room where all the workings are and it’s amazing to see how it all works. We stayed for the ringing of the bells 3 times taking in the fantastic views and don’t worry it not too loud.

You just cannot visit Bruges and without a visit to the top and I know if I return again I will head up again as it’s well worth the effort.

Thank John B
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

We were really pleased to climb the Belfry and get the views over Bruges - really worth it. The Belfry itself has an interesting history that you can find out about on the way up. The Market Halls underneath the Belfry play host to different exhibitions - an artist was displaying his collection for sale when we visited and are often worth a wander around.

Thank MinkusMe
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

8 Euros for an adult 6 for under 26 years old to climb the tower. It's 330 ish steps and it is TIGHT. There are a few resting spots but you will get up close and personal with other people. Please do not wear a backpack, or at least put it on the front of your body so you aren't unknowingly smacking other people. The view is beautiful, Bruges is a gorgeous city. Try to avoid being up there when the bells go off (it lasts about 3 minutes and it is pretty loud). However, the bells aren't unbearable and if you are into that sort of thing you can video the whole song as the bell is ringing about 3 feet from everyone's head. They are, unfortunately, not in tune so the song sounds a bit mangled.

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Reviewed 23 June 2014

We wanted to see the beautiful Brugge from high place and that was Belfry. Just a few people on queue so we easily could get in. The steps were really exhausting, we had to stop for a few times. Also we had to wait other people going up and down. Even there was wire on the top floor the view was worth all efforts.

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Reviewed 22 June 2014

Climb the belfry, it's worth the effort (assuming you are sufficiently fit, don't be afraid to take breaks!). The views at the top are fantastic, and (if you're a bit older) you can be satisfied at the achievement!

Thank Guy R
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