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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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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... read more

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

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 NEW

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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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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Osaka, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Not as awe-inspiring as some of the other sites in Ghent, the belfry still offers great views from the top. The narrow staircases and passageways are pretty cool as well...not for the claustrophobic! We were probably only here for about 20 minutes but the view from the top was worth it.

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Stoke on Trent
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Not as tall as the tower in Bruges but the view from the top is equally as stunning and twice as startling (no mesh). Heart was pounding when I reached the top, and there is actually a lift (which I didn't use)

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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

It is definitely worth paying the 6 euros to visit the Belfry of Gent. If you are able, I recommend you walk up the windy narrow staircase which will take you to the 4th level where you are in for a treat with a magnificent view over the city. My favourite side was the one which overlooked St Nicholas' Church... More 

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Leuven, Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

At the Belfry you'll learn all about the tower's history and see the bells in action. If you climb to the top, you'll get a great view over Ghent. It's definitely a nice attraction, just not TEH most interesting place in Ghent.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

The real Belfry and Cloth Hall is nice but the modern building in front is a bad choice It's to modern in this historical rich place

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Do not bother if you do not like heights....very stoop spiral stairs to go up, flat good shoes are a must, a few floors of interest and fab view over the city when at the top

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