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Brugge Day Trip from London
Ranked #6 of 154 things to do in Bruges
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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.
Whitstable, United Kingdom
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“Wear trainers!”
Reviewed 29 August 2014

The Belfort is an absolute must-see! With 366 steps to the top, trainers are advisable and beware that the spiral staircases get really narrow towards the top! But the views are SO worth it!

Visited August 2014
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“Huge music box”
Reviewed 29 August 2014

It is a huge music box.
Do stay a while for the hourly and half-hourly "performance".

You can see the hammers hitting different bells and this is controlled by hundreds of wires connected to a comb attached to the cylinder.

Amazing mechanical work!

Visited August 2014
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Odiham, United Kingdom
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“Excellent views but not for all”
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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“Secrets To Enjoying The Belfort - fast and cheap”
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.

Visited August 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“It's just a tower...”
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.

Visited August 2014
Thank Andy B
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