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“Feel the burn!”
Review of Belfort

Belfort
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US$75.60*
and up
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.
Brisbane
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“Feel the burn!”
Reviewed 26 August 2014 via mobile

We go there just after opening so we only had to wait 15 mins in line which was great (there was only one ticket booth open).

The stairs are steep, narrow and relentless. Lucky we are in good health and quite young as we noticed several older people struggle a little.

Good view from the top and interesting to watch the mechanics of the tower operate.

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“Steep climb after busy Sunday queue”
Reviewed 26 August 2014

On a busy Bank holiday weekend we decided to visit on Sunday and joined a lengthy queue mid-day. Fortunately is was sunny. Unfortunately there was man sitting near the queue playing on his accordion which is nice to begin with but grating when you hear same tune 30 times - worth paying him to take a coffee break! It is a slow queue because they restrict numbers that can climb tower to a max of 70 people which makes sense as it is becomes increasingly steep to climb. The bell mechanism is fascinating and when the bells ring they have a lovely tone. The only disappointment is if you want to take photos with a DSLR as they have a wire mesh in tower which restricts lens view and the the mid-tower is not open to public as that would give you fantastic views onto main square.

Visited August 2014
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UK
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“Cheap and cheerful”
Reviewed 24 August 2014

Get here early if you don't want to queue for too long as they are only allowed 70 people at the top of the tower at any one time. You get to enter, once people have left. We arrived at about 10am and we waited for only about 10 minutes
The bells and organ on the way up are beautiful and fascinating to see, but the view from the top is limited due to the wire screen that they have to put up for safety.
A nice thing to do, wear sensible shoes and try to avoid a big bag on your back as it's tricky to pass people on the stairs towards the top.

Visited August 2014
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“Situated in Markt”
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.

Visited August 2014
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“Worth the climb”
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!

Visited August 2014
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