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“What a climb”
Review of Belfort

Belfort
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US$76.97*
and up
Brugge Day Trip from London
Ranked #5 of 154 things to do in Bruges
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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 27 June 2014

To climb this tower means using 366 steps. The initial steps are stone and quite wide, but as you progress up the tower the steps change to wood and become very narrow and passing is very difficult. To celebrate the 100 year centenary of the first world war, the chimes have been changed so that on the hour the bells play "Its a long way to Tipperary" The views from the top are worth the climb. There is a reduced entry cost for those over 65

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Reviewed 27 June 2014

The Belfry is a great site and worth a visit both day and night. The modern style market brings it down a bit with their modern food vans. The wait to go up the Belfrey was very long and we, along with a number of people gave up waiting, would help if there were so staff to manage the line and advise on waiting times.

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Reviewed 27 June 2014

I would avoid this -a waste of money. Too many people, tight space, a bad odour and the view from the street is better!

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Reviewed 26 June 2014

We climbed the 366 steps to the top of the Belfry and the view is fantastic. Even more amazing was the bells at the top, which were fantastic to hear and learn about. We queued for around 30 minutes as only 70 people are allowed in at any one time, and the cost was reasonable at around EUR7 for an adult.

Although the climb itself is not too challenging (there are plenty of stops along the way) sensible shoes are essential as the stairs can be steep and busy with people going up and down. It can be a bit daunting if you are not comfortable with heights.

Thank Jr322
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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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