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“Spectacular view”
Review of Belfort

Belfort
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US$11.83*
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Ranked #18 of 157 things to do in Bruges
Certificate of Excellence
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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 30 June 2014

A beautiful view of Bruges and beyond. Suggest you buy a museum pass. You can buy one here or any other museum. Make sure you buy one at your first stop. There are lots of other small yet beautiful museums in the city.
This spot is a MUST. Steep steps with a rope railing going up and down. The vista and the organ are well worth the climb.

Thank TonyN76
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Reviewed 29 June 2014

It's a great climb and not as daunting as it may seem. The views are spectacular!. You get see the tower bells and carillon mechanism and the internal structure of the tower with massive wooden beams.

Watch out for fat, grumpy American tourists who refuse to give way on the extremely narrow, winding stairs. As a fellow American, it was appalling!

1  Thank Mr-Reeee
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Reviewed 29 June 2014

This is a must, but the climb is not for the faint-hearted!! The view from the top is stunning and lots to see on the way up to break the long climb. A definite highlight.

Thank debs1301
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Reviewed 29 June 2014

This is not an attraction for the feint hearted! There's a lot of stairs and it's narrow and wind-ey but the view from the top is great - of course there's netting in front of the viewing areas, one of the other reviewers complained about this but I have to say, well d'uh! It's miles up in the air! The rooms on the way up give you a good view of the bells and some pretty interesting background history. If you're in Bruges then it's a bit of a must!

Thank Michael K
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Reviewed 28 June 2014

Having managed 669 steps at the Eiffel Tower I thought that 366 here would be a doddle. However as you get nearer to the top the steps become steep and narrow. There are two or three rooms to step into for a rest on the way, but passing near the top is a bit of a squeeze. I went on a wednesday and there was no queue at all. No doubt when you get to the weekend it's likely to be more crowded. There is certainly a sense of achievement when you reach the top. Unlike the Eiffel Tower there is no viewing platform as such although you can get good views through the netting over the window apertures at the top. Most of the space at the top level is taken up by the bells, so it could be quite crowded when busy, and loud too! Certainly one to tick off on your bucket list. Make sure you do the tower in Damme too. I love towers!

Thank richgeezer
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