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Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle)

Emile Braunplein, Ghent 9000, Belgium
09 233 07 72
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Ranked #7 of 114 Attractions in Ghent
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Specialty Museums, Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Monuments/ Statues, Historic Sites
Description: This municipal tower was a symbol of the city's autonomy, begun in 1313 and completed in 1380.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Personally I love the Ghent Belfry more than the one in Bruges. The views from this one is as lovely and not blocked by a big wire fence! Plus there is usually no waiting line, have an elevator if you don't feel like walking all the stairs, and it's only 2euros for under 25. The dragon act as the guardian... More

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

This was ok but I wouldn't do it again. There is an elevator so if you are not too good with stairs you will be able to give it a go. The video about making the bell was interesting. The viewing platform at the top was slim so it was difficult with others up there. The belfry in Brugge was... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

A must see while in Ghent! Climb the stairs or take the elevator but do go to the top of the Belfry and take in the views!

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

There are definitely plenty of steps, but the view is fantastic. I think plenty of people have made that statement. However, one thing I really enjoyed was watching the machinery work that made all the bells in the belfry play their amazing song. There is a "clock-o-matic" (yes, you can seriously find that name on it) which is fascinating to... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Plenty of reviews of this so I will just add a few tips: 1. If you can think about the visibility. In summer the mornings are probably best before the haze has got up. In autumn/winter mid afternoon brings strong shadows to this kind of perspective which I like. 2. The lift is pretty good but you still have to... More

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Amazing views over Ghent. Very helpful staff. Good to get there early and avoid queuing up the stairs.

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Ghents Belfry is an excellent example of the UNESCO listed Flanders Belfries which is easily accessible thanks to its excellent lift. We visited on a busy bank holiday weekend and were surprised to walk straight in without any queuing, excellent we thought, only to be told that entry was only a modest €2* each. *(€2 19-26 Years Old, €6 Adult,... More

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

You only have to climb a short way and then there is an elevator.. excellent display of bells, and good views of Ghent from the top. Loved the dragons.

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Antwerpen, België
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Wander through the different exhibition rooms and learn about how important this tower was through the history of the city. Try to be at the the bell room when the day changes hour and see the mechanical divice wind up to make the bells sound through all the city. end with the top to have a marvellous view over the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

One can reach the viewing platform of the Belfry via elevator, which makes it much more accessible than many other old towers. The views are breathtaking and offer a great panorama of Ghent. One can also see some of the bells and the great drum that regulates the bell's chimes.

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