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Address: Emile Braunplein, Ghent 9000, Belgium
Phone Number: 09 233 07 72
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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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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The 255 steps to the top was hard work but the views at the top made the effort worthwhile, although a bit of a problem when meeting people coming down. For those less able, there... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
BobG1951
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Stevenage, United Kingdom
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Rome, Italy
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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a good spot to see the city from above. It is easier to go up with the lift and walk down from the stairs. If you are interested in about the bells and how they are produced, there is a very interesting documentary which is shown in one of the floors. We found the entrance fee rather expensive as... More 

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Stevenage, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The 255 steps to the top was hard work but the views at the top made the effort worthwhile, although a bit of a problem when meeting people coming down. For those less able, there is a lift available.

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Stevenage, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Despite there being a lift from the 1st level to the 4th, this is a climb. 255 steps, but well worth it. I don not like heights but really enjoyed this. Go on an hour to benefit from the bells while up top.

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Thank Doug T
Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a really great place to visit in Ghent as it is right in the middle of the touristy area of the city when the cathedral and the Graslei are located. The actual tower itself has various rooms with lots of information about the bells and other parts of the history of the tower. These are good but the... More 

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Boston, MA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The nice thing about this belfry is that you don't have to climb 300 stairs. Just a few and then an elevator whisks you to the top where you can get some really nice views of Ghent. They do have some old bells along the way and they do show you a video as to how they are made. If... More 

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed this the good thing was you only had to climb one flight of stairs and the there was a lift to the other three floors and what a view of Ghent and the information about the belfry and cloth hall was very good

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Thank Adrian B
Long Beach, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went here as my daughter must climb all towers we visit. The tower is in fine shape and the walk up was fine as they have installed hand rails for safety. It was good exercise. The view at the top is outstanding and gives you an excellent understanding how the old town is laid out and expanded. We took... More 

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Wellingborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Ghent Belfry is a 91m tall medieval tower that overlook the old city centre of Ghent. Construction of the tower began in 1313 after a design by master mason Jan van Haelst. After continuing intermittently through wars, plagues and political turmoil, the building work was completed in 1380. A fine landmark in Ghent located to one side of the... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great views of the city from the top. It's a pretty easy climb. Once you reach the top, the passages are quite narrow, so it's much easier to navigate when it's not very crowded. Great place to start your visit and get an idea of where things are throughout the city.

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Kursk, Russia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The main features of Belfry are like in Brugge. You see the bells, climb the stairs, explore the carillion mechanisms and finally get a great view of the city. There is a lift here, but I advise the stairs to feel the wind on your skin when you climb the last narrow passage to the third level.

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