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." Use our Bruges attractions planner to arrange your visit to Belfry of Bruges and other attractions in Bruges.
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  • We were of course totally looking forward to the belfry, you "must" have seen Yes and climbed was in Bruges. The tower is truly impressive, and especially of course also a great photo opportunity in beautiful weather. But we've been 1.5 Stunden(!!!) to get on the tower and the Outlook that advantage has justified entry in any way the long wait and the €10! Especially since even the Bell game was not played during our visit!
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  • Promoted business to the Belfort belfry in the plaza de armas in Bruges, some 470 steps to pure lung, stairs very difficult, but very entertaining upload. But at the top you'll find something interesting veery, drum, a piece of impressive bronze, which is responsible for moving and articulate the belfry. It is worth climbing because it is something that is not so just.
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  • Let me preface this review by saying that I am afraid of heights, so had some hesitation before entering the tower. But there was no need to worry. The number of people entering the Belfort is closely...  more »
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  • Beautiful building that's worth the €12 to climb up and see the spectacular views of the city. There are info boards in several languages as you climb to get a feel for the history of the belfry. I happened to be at the top when the bells chimed which was pretty cool :) Also I was lucky to catch a carillon concert (when you could sit in the square below and listen to the bells playing different music for a couple of hours)
  • Great views from the top, but a steep price (compared to similar attractions in France and Belgium) and a steep and narrow climb. Staircases are for people going up and coming down, although there is a restriction on the amount of people allowed in at one time. Ticket gates operate on a one in, one out policy. We had to wait about 20-30 minutes until we were able to go up. Price is €12 for over 26 years of age. Don't try and fake your age as they do ask for proof of ID. Overall a good view, but don't go up if you're claustrophobic and don't like heights!!
  • After climbing numerous stairs of which an exact number will be told on the entrance the traveler will be greeted with beautiful view of the city. From the top of the tower one can see the entire panoramic view of the city and in the same time enjoy the sounds of activity coming from the city market. Be prepared for the climb and in the end you will be rewarded with the beautiful view. In the interest of full disclosure I will state here that I have visited this place only once at the time when this review is written and the full exploration has not been completed. There is a possibility that the place has changed and that this review may not correctly reflect the current situation at the site. The best course of action would be to make a visit to the location, explore as much as possible and make your own judgment. In case I visit the same location again, at some future point in time, and my opinion changes drastically, as to require the new grade, then this review will most likely be updated as well in order to reflect that change but no promise are being made here.
  • A fantastic spot for both cultural significance and just sheer beauty. Climbing the stairs you are seeing stairs worn down by the climbing of people over many generations, the view from the top is just amazing and if the climb doesn't get your heart rate up then you are definitely fitter than I am. Definitely worth the €12 to climb up, even if just to see the interesting workings of the clock and bells. Definitely a must see in Brugge.
  • The hard climb to the top is worth the views. The price they charge for entrance and I assume what they consider a small "museum" is a little high. Really you just want to go up 366 steps to the top. They only allow so many people in the belfry at a time, so lines can be long depending on time of day. I thought the views from the top were worth it. The stairs do get narrower as you go up.
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