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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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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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  • Makes for good photo, but not much more exciting than a photo stop. Integral part of city and a good architectural study.  more »
  • Definitely recommend doing this whilst in Bruges. 366 steps to the top and around 3 stopping places on the way up to take in views/catch your breath! Queue is about an hour from the start as its a 1 i...  more »
  • Waited an hour to go up the tower, climbed all the steps to the top and the views were marvellous. If I had one complaint it would be people squeezing past each other on the steps. We visited another ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.)
  • 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.