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“366 steps !!”
Review of Belfort

Belfort
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$73.81*
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Brugge Day Trip from London
Ranked #6 of 153 things to do in Bruges
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The most important of Bruges' towers stands 83 metres tall. It houses, amongst other things, a carillon with 47 melodious bells. In the reception area, waiting visitors can discover all kinds of interesting information about the history and working of this unique world-heritage protected belfry. Those who take on the challenge of climbing the tower can pause for a breather on the way up in the old treasury, where the city's charters, seal and public funds were kept during the Middle Ages, and also at the level of the impressive clock or in the carillonneur's chamber. Finally, after a tiring 366 steps, your efforts will be rewarded with a breath-taking and unforgettable panoramic view of Bruges and her surroundings.
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“366 steps !!”
Reviewed February 23, 2013

You need to be fit to tackle this one, although the experience was great and to see the workings of the clock and bells actually operating made it worth every euro. The stairs do get very narrow towards the top and also slippery when wet, it was damp and foggy when we visited, so be careful.

Visited February 2013
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“366 steps”
Reviewed February 21, 2013

Totally enjoyed this experience, great views from the top and very historical. Staircase is 366 steps and does get very narrow at the top.

Visited February 2013
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“The view is brilliant”
Reviewed February 20, 2013 via mobile

Be warned, the climb is not for the faint hearted! In parts, it is incredibly narrow and steep which is made worse by the fact that the route taken up is the same one you go down so crossing on the stairs can be very tricky. The interpretation at the site is average but could have done with more. I would like to know more about the history of the building; who occupied the building at different stages of its history and what relevance it has to the modern day Bruges.

The views from the top are wonderful and you can see for miles on a clear day. The time we climbed was at 1pm so when the bells were going, it was very noisy but impressive to see how the mechanisms work.

We got in for free with the Bruges City Card but I would have paid the €8 to climb it had we not. It's the kind of thing you will do once but probably wouldn't do again.

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“Spectacular view, worth the climb.”
Reviewed February 18, 2013

Climbed the Belfry on a cold February morning. It was certainly worth the admission price. It is quite a climb, 366 steps I believe, and there are various levels at which you can have a breather and take in the view.

The view at the top is spectacular, you can see the whole of Bruges and surrounding area. We were up there about 11am and the bells were ringing out. The bells are right above your head at the top level so it can be quite loud! One of the highlights of our trip.

Visited February 2013
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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“Belfry climb is not for the faint hearted”
Reviewed February 15, 2013

The view from the Belfry is breathtaking but if you thought the climb up there was scary, wait until you have to get back down. Not ideal on a busy day.

Visited December 2012
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