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“Brilliant..” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Belfry (Belfort) and Market Halls (Hallen)

Belfry (Belfort) and Market Halls (Hallen)
Markt 7, Bruges, Belgium
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Ranked #5 of 57 Attractions in Bruges
Type: Architectural Buildings, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Shawbury
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“Brilliant..”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

If you don't mind heights and a few stairs (unlike the missus) get yourself to the top of the tower. The views from the top are the best you will get in the Bruges area. You can see the canals and many of the churches in the area. We were lucky to go on a clear day which made it all the better. If you are a fan of the Colin Farrell film 'In Bruges' then going to the tower is a must!

Visited June 2013
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“Worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

The Belfry in the Markt is a must when in Bruges, but expect a long queue. The tower can only accommodate 70 people at once so we had to wait for about 1 hour. There's a fantastic view from the top but the stairs are quite steep and narrow at times.

Visited May 2014
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“Best view in BRUGES”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

wait was a bit too long nearly a hr and a half but worth the wait. from the top the city looks amazing

Visited May 2014
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“Narrow stairs but worth the walk”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

Go early for shorter lines. Only 70 are allowed in the tower at any time. Disappointed that there was so much chicken wire on the top, preventing good photos but understand safety comes first. Loved being on top and hearing the bells and music play. Worth the walk just to hear and see the bells chiming

Visited April 2014
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“Tough, but worth it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

Make sure you are up for going up nearly 400 steps before you stand in line to go up the belfry. The stairs are sometimes tricky and if you go when it's almost closing time there will be people going up and down which makes the journey harder.
Having said that, the view is beautiful and totally worth the effort.

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