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Belfry of Bruges, Bruges
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A symbolic landmark in Bruges, Belfry of Bruges represent a medieval bell tower in the historical center of town. The market hall and an inner courtyard stand behind the bell tower. Formerly home to the treasury and municipal archives, the bell tower now offers a view of Bruges from above. Climb the 366 steep steps to reach the tower's top and reap the reward of seeing the grid of canals from this vantage point. Listen to the 47 bells chime on the quarter hour as you hike your way to the top. The tower played a central role in the film "In Bruges." Put Belfry of Bruges and other Bruges attractions into our Bruges vacation builder, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Enchanting at sundown. This is the main highlight of the city, though more I saw of it, the more I loved. 
  • Well worth a visit but it is a long way up to the top. The views are worth it and the animation guides on the way up are also helpful. A decent pair of shoes are a good idea as the steps at the top ar...  more »
  • Perfect morning of sightseeing! Stairs quite narrow and steep in places but well worth it. The views were fabulous 
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  • If the queue ends outside on the stairs and its around 90 minutes before the ticket box closes (17:00) don't waste your time waiting! The lady just told us they will stop selling tickets in 60 minutes. We were waiting 30 min and were in the middle of the line already, only to wait another hour, when they closed the ticket box just before us getting there. There were some 50 other people still behind us. The lady was unacceptably rude instead of saying sorry for waisting your time. It's not problem of a tourist who has no idea how long the line usually takes. Its their responsibility to close the line the right time before they close, to guarantee people already in the line they will get in and not to waste time of people who come later. (!!!)
  • Where: Belfry of Bruges What: A series of 366 steps to the bell tower. How was it: It was a difficult walk up, with the narrow steps and the odd passing person. It felt more dangerous than Blarney Castle with the slippery steps. You forget that quickly when you get to the top of the tower. There is a magnificent 360 view of the city. The building, steps and decor is impressive. Grade: Eli = 5, Serge = 5 Recommend: Yes, we recommend.
  • The most rewarding for me was definitely the bells playing. The view could be great but it is blocked by a very annoying grid over all the windows. Going up is not that hard not the waiting times are pretty high.
  • You will get very pretty views, and see the carrillion drum work and the bells play a melody several times, since you'll be there a good hour in total. The steps, I have to say, are a much easier climb than in other tall towers I've been in. They are solid (it's a mix of stone and wood) and wide, with good hand rails. It helps that the climb is broken up by several floors and platforms, and the only tricky place to pass are the last few spiral turns to the very top. Definitely recommended to go first thing or not on a weekend as you'll queue for a good hour to get in (and when we did, the drains in the courtyard stank like a rotting dead dog stuffed with sauerkraut).
  • A climb which is not for the faint hearted. Views are well worth the climb. Did this out of season November would not do it in summer, very narrow steps and few passing points.