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Review of Belfort

Belfort
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US$78.39*
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Brugge Day Trip from London
Ranked #6 of 153 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 22 August 2014

Beautiful and very tall tower. Bells sound amazing. We didn't have the energy to climb the 367 steps to the top but were told that the views were incredible.

Thank Jennie G
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Reviewed 22 August 2014

The queues can be long but the climb is definitely worthwhile as the views are spectacular and getting close to the bells (plus learning a bit more about them) is very interesting.

The climb is not arduous though can be narrow in places. Try to be at the top when the bells are ringing!

Thank DrytheRain
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Reviewed 22 August 2014

I didn't think 366 steps to climb to get to the top of the Belfry would be too tough but I was out of breath by the time I got there!! You get to see the bells first hand and if you are up there when they start ringing it's loud!! You will see views of the city. Best to get there early in the day because there are queues all day and there are restrictions on numbers up there at any one time, understandably.

Thank CamgirlCambridge
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Reviewed 21 August 2014

We had to wait in line quite a while before going up the Belfry Tower. The climb itself is up 366 steps and although I did enjoy the view, it is maybe just not so spectacular as some other places - Bruges is just as nice, if not nicer from the ground. There is only one way up and down the tower, people coming both directions means you have to jam yourself against the wall frequently and sometimes use a rope as the handrail. Interesting displays on the clock mechanism break up the climb. Good to say we have done the climb, there are more scenic ways to make the most of Bruges though.

Thank Joy S
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Reviewed 21 August 2014

This iconic building, that towers over the market square, is a must see, if not must climb, structure. The belfry can only accommodate a maximum of seventy people at a time, so it is often necessary to wait for someone to come down before someone else can be allowed up, this often creates a long queue, which suddenly moves along quickly as an entire family or group comes out. There is little to see or do whilst waiting outside and the stench of sewage on a warm day can make very long lines almost unbearable, but once inside there are information screens,and mementos to purchase, and panoramic views of Bruges await. Entry costs eight euros per adult aged 26-64, and six euros for anyone aged 6-25, those children under 6 years old may go free. All children must be accompanied by an adult. I took my two boys aged 4 and 6 with me, and they enjoyed the climb, there were a few rooms to explore on the way up that allow you to take a breather, however my two boys were eager to reach the top as quickly as possible, and did so. At the top you can look over the area and town names carved into the stone show where you where to see interesting sights on a clear day. Photography was allowed during our visit, but Flash is strictly prohibited at all times. The way up is also the way down, so you can look again at the rooms on each level, or hug a wall during your decent to make way for those climbing up, there was ample space to do either. On the ground you will exit via another turnstile and find yourself at a separate door and stairs leading to the same courtyard where the queue typically starts, as such I'd recommend buying any souvenirs before buying your tickets and the ascent, to avoid having to push your way through the queue to get in. Well worth the entry fee.

Thank Clive B
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