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“Excellent views but not for all”
Review of Belfort

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Ranked #16 of 155 things to do in Bruges
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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 27 August 2014 via mobile

After queuing for approximately 15 minutes (due to 1-in-1-out) we paid the entrance fee* and proceeded up the stairs to the first floor. Last entry is at 1615.

* (€6 6-25 years and 65+, €8 Adult, Free for Under 6 and City Card holders)

Each floor of the 83m Belfry had artefacts and multilingual boards describing the buildings history. Near the top, the workings of the clock/chime mechanism were visible and a treat to watch each 15 minutes. From the top, the views over Bruges looked delightful, although we were unfortunate to visit on a wet afternoon.

As the saying goes, what goes up must come down and this certainly wasn't easy. The combination of narrow staircases, eager tourists and uneven steps made the descent less than delightful, but nonetheless achievable. We saw a few small children making the visit however I would suggest it isn't suitable for the less confident ones.

Note: Unlike many of the UNESCO Belfry's in Flanders, this one is unfortunate not to have a lift facility. Coupled with narrow staircases this makes it one of the least accessible for elderly and disabled visitors.

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Reviewed 27 August 2014

The view from the top of the Belfort, Bruges' iconic belfry, is well worth the climb - but to avoid the crowds, GET THERE FIRST THING IN THE MORNING!!!! I repeat - first thing in the morning before the tour buses arrive. We arrived a few minutes past opening time on a busy Sunday morning in August and got right in without delay. Because they limit the number of people who can go up in the tower at one time, I can easily see why there is such a long line later in the day, but we made the climb up and down the tower in about a half hour, with plenty of time to enjoy the views and the carillon. When we got down, there was already a sizable line forming. So get there when the tower opens and you will save yourself considerable time and frustration.

Another tip - entrance to the Belfry is included in the Bruges Museum Pass (Musea Brugge Museumpas) which gives you unlimited access to most of Bruges major tourist attractions for three days for one low price. But here's the kicker - if you are staying at a Bruges hotel, you will be given a Discoverbruges card at check in (if not, be sure to ask for it). The Discoverbruges card gives you many discounts, but most important it allows you to buy a Museum Pass for only 17 euros which is an even better deal - especially when you consider that just climbing the tower is 8 euros by itself. You can buy the Museum Pass at the Belfort or any of the other museum covered by the pass.

4  Thank TwoWheelExplorer
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Reviewed 26 August 2014

It's just a tower. It's not a bad tower, but no different to what you find all over Europe. We waited for the best part of an hour just to get in on a Monday morning. Didn't even attempt it over the weekend. If you have ever been to a tower in a European city you're not going to see anything new.

Thank Andy B
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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.

1  Thank Sally R
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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.

1  Thank jostony
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