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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 #10 of 113 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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Belfast, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

It is quite a hike up to the top but there is a lift. very nice building and great views once you get to the top. I also climbed the belfry in Brugges, again I must say I preferred Ghents Belfry. The only negative comment I have is that there are 3 doors to the building. We went to the... More

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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66 reviews 66 reviews
29 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Friendly staff and an interesting stop. The tower is a steep, narrow climb- worth it, but it would be hard if you have mobility issues or if it was crowded.

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Israel
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52 reviews 52 reviews
8 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I arrived at 19:00, so there was no chance to visit, but you can walk around the castle in the surrounding streets and take nice photos. From every corner you get a different view. Be careful from the street car while you take your photos

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Melbourne
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196 reviews 196 reviews
82 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

The Belfry is 365 steps to the top up a narrow spiral staircase to the 1st floor. After that, there is a lift. On each floor there are displays about the belfry, the bells, how they work and the music of the bells. An interesting place to visit

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London, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

It was enjoyable to climb to the top and have a nice view from the belfry, but on the whole it was quite a boring attraction. For example, on one floor a very long video was being shown, explaining the entire process of manufacturing a bell. In intricate detail.

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Gaeta, Italy
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70 reviews 70 reviews
19 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

There are small exhibits inside the tower about bells, nothing really spectacular. If you go on the hour or half hour you can see the mechanism operating the bells. Its all about the views afforded by the climb. There are also elevators but I don't think you can get to the very top on them but it would save a... More

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Congleton
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15 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

If you want a great panoramic view of the city and surrounding area the take the stairs or lift for about 2\3 of the way. Note the last section is by stairs only and is quite tight, but the view is worth it.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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37 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

I have a soft spot for panoramic views which requiere a good old-fashioned climb of narrow stairs, so Belfort was a must on my visit to Ghent. And it should be for everyone, really. The views are the best in Ghent and if you don't want to climb all those stairs, there is an elevator available. But most importantly, it... More

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Houston, Texas
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9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Another cool element of Ghent's history. I guess it has to be the best panoramic view of Ghent you can get. If you are in decent physical shape the tower isn't that difficult to climb and there is an elevator to help if you want to use it. My wife and I are in our mid-fifties and we didn't have... More

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Cairns, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

You really get a good view of Ghent if you go up the tower, and for the price of 2 euros (well, if you're under 26, that is) it is hard to argue with! It's a little cramped, yes, but that's to be expected, and there are little exhibits on each floor where you can stop and catch your breath... More

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