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Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle)

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Address: Emile Braunplein, Ghent 9000, Belgium
Phone Number: 09 233 07 72
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This municipal tower was a symbol of the city's autonomy, begun in 1313 and...

This municipal tower was a symbol of the city's autonomy, begun in 1313 and completed in 1380.

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Cheap to do and worth the climb! Great views from the top, and interesting to watch the wheel turn to ring the bells. A lovely 30mins to spend in Ghent!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Bogota, Colombia
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37 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The cost of the entrance is not clear, no official rate, it has not TOILET even i you ask for one been PREGNANT, Ok the view is good and have elevator, but sitll is too expensive.

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Cheap to do and worth the climb! Great views from the top, and interesting to watch the wheel turn to ring the bells. A lovely 30mins to spend in Ghent!

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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67 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Apart from being very interesting, the views are fantastic and well worth climbing the 200 or 300 stairs.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not being one for heights, I was never happier to find out there was a lift to the top of the bell tower! Had to navigate one floor of very narrow spiral stairs to reach the lift, but that was fine... !! Each floor up had a different display and once at the top, there was the chance to circumnavigate... More 

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

well not feeling energetic i didn't walk to the top but took the lift. My knees wouldn't take it. once at the top on a beautiful sunny afternoon you could see the whole of ghent as you can walk right round at the top

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Liskeard, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great tourist spot & picture opportunity! Easy to get to on foot from the historic area & this offers an opportunity to discover more on the fascinating history of Ghent.

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Moscow, Russia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well if there is a belfry in some city, you are treaten to a lot of stairs... :) At least, according to my experience. this one, however, is an exception. You can actually go to the top with a lift, enjoy the gorgeous views of the city, and then choose whether to take the lift or the stair down. Do... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

St. Michael's isn't a church in the traditional sense of the way so don't expect pews and heavenly organ music. This church is all about the Belfry Tower. Be prepared to climb up very steep and narrow steps but be assured that your effort will be rewarded with some of the most amazing views over the city. Tip: the entrance... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

For a nice overview of the Ghent landscape, go to the Belfort near the center of the city. It dates back to the 1300s and there is now a guidebook and app to lead you through its history. There are about 25 stairs to climb to get to the level where there's an elevator that takes you to the top,... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was raining, but even so the views from the top are very good. There is lift access here for those with fitness/mobility issues ( or you can climb the stairs) and interesting displays on each level. Seeing the giant drum for the cariliion was pretty cool and check out the chunky dragon on one fo the lower levels. Very... More 

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