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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  • August 17, 2017
    Bruges Central seems a place of story, strolling through the central square and admire its buildings is fascinating, one of the most visited places is the Bell Tower but my I disappointed me both what you see during the ascent, as the views from the top, because you are in a very narrow place with high and latticed windows preventing wonderful views of the square and the city and removing photographs between the hollow bars after paying 10 euros and put up a good time in queue.
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  • August 17, 2017
    I really wanted to get on the Bell Tower, so endured an hour of standing in a queue and I paid 10 euros admission. And, unfortunately, a little disappointed. The Windows are pretty high, secured a small net which corrupts the very experience. Pictures come out, especially if you want them to be. The square at the Town Hall in General hard to photograph. Besides the view of Bruges from the top of the beautiful:). Recent evocations are recycled at cash desks (the stairs are very narrow) so they can let go of this attraction.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Despite the long queues and many people, wait and climb the way up. The view is truly breathtaking. It is probably the tallest building in Brugge and worth the time and money.  more »
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  • June 22, 2017
    I went earlier in the morning so did not have to queue which I would recommend. This way, you will meet limited numbers of people on the stairs. Believe what you hear from the movie In Bruges, the stairs do get very narrow and steep! The first hundred odd stairs aren't too bad but then the stairs change from easy going to a little tricky. The view from the top is worth the trip up the steps. Bare in mind the viewing area isn't very open and can get busy very quickly.
  • June 28, 2017
    Those steps are no joke...but the view, even on a cloudy day, is worth it. I would suggest going in the morning on a cool day. We had the extra treat of the carillon bells playing music and being able to see the mechanisms up close. Including the guy playing the melody!
  • July 4, 2017
    Is there anything left to say about the beautiful cultural city of Bruges? I think not. If you have not visited then visit if you are thinking of visiting be assured your eyes your mind and your soul will be more than adequately served and fed.
  • June 14, 2017
    I highly recommend you climb the tower! It was worth the effort and time waiting in line. If you can, get there when it opens to avoid the long lines. (They only allow so many people in the tower at a given time, so once it's"full," it becomes one out, one in.)
  • June 4, 2017
    Great view from the top. Definitely worth every step you have to take. It's somewhat pricey but the view makes up for that. Can be crowded at summer time but there is plenty of other things to see and come back later for a second try.

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Bruges' tiny city center is the place to be when staying in the medieval town. Don't stray too far from the World Heritage Site when looking for accommodations, and make sure to book in advance, as the historical city center attracts visitors in droves. As a hugely popular tourist destination, Bruges has no shortage of accommodations in varying price ranges. You'll find everything from backpacker hostels to upscale hotels here.
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