If you are visiting Bruges, you need to climb the Belfry to experience the breathtaking views from the top.
It costs 8Euro/person to enter which is similar to the cost of climbing the belltower at Notre Dame so we had to put it in perspective.
Climbing up the 300+ steps can be challenging. There are stops along the way where they have exhibits set up so you can stop to catch your breath and look at some history along the way. You can see the large carillon and watch it turn as the bells ring out. There is a video playing on a loop that shows how they make changes for different music. The music is changed every 2 years. At the top, there is no time limit so you can spend as much time as you want but after about 15 minutes of seeing the views and taking pictures we were ready to go back down. Up and down are both challenging because there are groups looking to come up at the same time as you are going down and the width of the circular stairs is not large enough to accommodate 2 people in both directions at the same time. We found ourselves squashed up against the walls while others were attempting to press ahead to the top. I am 5'4" and weigh 110lbs and my son is 6' and weighs 180lbs. We are by no means big people but found the stair space quite restrictive and tough to maneuver.
That being said, we couldn't imagine being in Bruges and NOT climbing the belfry so it is a definite must see.
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