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“Cool Tower, Machinery”
Review of Belfort

Belfort
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US$75.60*
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Brugge Day Trip from London
Ranked #6 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.
Oregon
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“Cool Tower, Machinery”
Reviewed 24 July 2014

My first advice is to bring a stepstool so you can actually see the view.

Yes, sarcastic, but given that I'm an American male of average height (5-foot-10.5), I should not have to stand on my very tippy-toes to glimpse the square below. A simple platform to stand on would be deeply appreciated. My wife doesn't climb towers, so she waited on the ground -- and missed seeing me because all she could possibly have seen was my hands flapping above the edge of the screened windows encircling the top of the tower.

All in all, though, it was worth the climb. Most of the steps are actually quite wide for a medieval attraction. The last couple of short flights are tight, so be prepared to wait for the sometimes heavy one-way traffic to clear.

The mechanics of the carillon are very cool, and hearing the noon bells was a great experience. If you happen to be on one of multiple landings on the way up or down when the carillon or hourly bells ring, walk to the stairwell to hear better.

Views in the distance aren't bad, and if you hold your camera high enough and poke the lens through the stainless steel mesh, you'll get some decent pics.

Go as early as you can manage to avoid the crowds. I had a short wait around 11 a.m. in part because it was a grey, damp day and everyone in Bruges was sluggish.

Visited July 2014
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“Difficult but totally worth it”
Reviewed 24 July 2014 via mobile

You have to climb over 350 steps up in order to admire the view of the city. The stairways are really small and not comfortable, but you will not regret it. If you are strong enough, go for it!

Visited July 2014
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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“Amazing views”
Reviewed 24 July 2014 via mobile

The climb is well worth it but be prepared for the right staircases near the top. Was very difficult passing at certain points. Well worth it in the end though...

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“Panting”
Reviewed 23 July 2014

A great attraction 366 seps and quite a climb. Not recommended for children but on a clear day what a view!

Visited July 2014
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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“Worth a visit”
Reviewed 23 July 2014

Worth the 300 and odd steps to get to the top but you have to be prepared for medieval staircases. Go early as we had to queue for 3/4 hour - there are only 70 people allowed at a time.

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