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“Breathtaking bell melodies”
Review of Belfort

Belfort
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$78.32*
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Brugge Day Trip from London
Ranked #6 of 153 things to do in Bruges
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed July 1, 2013

September was the month I chose to visit Brügge. I´ve been told that in this city you experience the feeling to be immersed in a fairy tale. The spirit of the place is magic and the style of the architecture takes you back in time, as if you were strolling around the streets in a medieval period in history. It is a real must to climb up the staircase that leads you to the top ot the campanary, for you will be able to have a view of the city from above. A sweet bell melody sounds every 15 minutes, and it is really worth putting aside what you are doing to listen to it. Concerning melodies, you will find many musicians and small orchestras here and there in the streets playing classical music. Visiting Brügge was an amazing experience to me.

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Reviewed July 1, 2013

After seeing how long the queue was in the morning, we came back to the Belfort just before 4 and walked straight in. This meant there were only a few people coming down as we were going up which meant less folk to squeeze past on the very narrow, spiral stairs. We also were right by the mechanism for the bells when they chimed.....a brilliant if slightly scary experience!
Fantastic views from the top and one of the highlights of my trip to Bruges, definately recommended unless you're scared of heights of course!

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Reviewed July 1, 2013

I am a kin photographer so I try to get as high as I can. The viewpoint from the Belfort is disappointing. The windows are clocked with dense metal net, you can not get a panoramic view and the tedious climbing over 360 narrow stairs - is just not worthwhile!

Thank JKRIsrael
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

Try not to be put off by the narrow staircases or the number of steps, unless you are physically unable since there are no alternative routes up to the top. The view from the belfry is worth the climb, as is seeing the bells. If you can be at the top for the half hour carillon, which is longer and more intricate than the quarter hour, it is wonderful to hear up close. There are plenty of opportunities to rest and to learn on the way, and even faced with a lively school group - as we were - it would be difficult to feel trapped for space.

Thank Alice T
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Reviewed June 30, 2013 via mobile

As everyone has already told you, it's 336 steps and the views from the top are brilliant and with the right camera you can get brilliant shots. The information on the way up gives you opportunities to read about the tower/bells and also to catch your breath and pretend its not a difficult journey! My negatives -€8 euros to climb some steps, no guide book or leaflet and you have to cross people coming up and down on very narrow spiral stairs. They let 70 up at a time but there is no time restriction so you could queue for some time.

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