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

Very interesting - and there is a lift! The carillion soounded whilst we were visiting and this added to the occasion.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Jersey, United Kingdom
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Ghent, Belgium
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

The views from the top are really nice. And you can also watch the carillon working. Otherwise, the visit is less than informative. Most of the info panels are only in Dutch, so you won't learn anything about the history of the tower. The entrance fee is 6 €, which I find expensive for the quality of the exposition.

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Jersey, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Very interesting - and there is a lift! The carillion soounded whilst we were visiting and this added to the occasion.

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Edinburgh
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We visited the Belfry just after it opened (at 10am) before it got busy - it might have been tricky squeezing past lots of other tourists in the narrow staircases if we had left it any later! The views from the top of the Belfry are amazing - well worth the climb - and the glass lift is a great... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

I love seeing views of towns/cities and this didn't disappoint. Ghent is a beautiful city and the tower is very unassuming. It doesn't have a full on tourist shop which makes a nice change.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Great experience! I've never walked up steeper and narrower steps in my life! The view from the top was amazing and well worth the work to get up there. Just hope you don't encounter any one else as you're climbing the stairs because it is difficult to get around one another.

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Topeka, Kansas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

I love climbing stairs to get the best view of my surroundings so I enjoyed the Belfry! Even on a cloudy Fall day it was still enjoyable. Most of the rest of our party thought that it was a little frightening. The Cloth Hall only has a few souvenir type things for purchase, but not much else. So the price... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

The tower was great! Very high.. I would definitely recommend going up using the stairs and down using the elevator. It's quite amazing no one ever false and does in those stairs leading up every day.. But I guess that's part of the experience. The view from the top is flawless, rain or sun, and is worth the way up!

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Rochester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

The Belfry was good. They said 55 steps - we counted 80. Then a lift to the clock mechanism. This was like a giant musical box mechanism. There was a good view from the top over the city. But this was not as attractive as Bruges. On the way down we saw several disused bells.

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London, United Kingdom
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

went up the tower with high expectations, but no. there really isn't much happening there. the shop is poor, and the visit us terribly organised. you can take the list half way to the top(as high as you're allowed to go), and from the you're allowed to go out to an extremely narrow two-way route around the tower from where... More 

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Bucharest, Romania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

I visited the Belfry in Brugge before this one, and I like that one best, but this one has the advantage of the elevator, so you have to climb stairs only up to the first floor.

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