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“Amazing views from the top - well worth the climb”
Review of Belfort

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Brugge Day Trip from London
Ranked #6 of 153 things to do in Bruges
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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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“Amazing views from the top - well worth the climb”
Reviewed July 5, 2014

Worth the queue and worth the climb! Lots of very steep spiral staircases to negotiate, requiring a reasonable level of fitness. I would not recommend for under 5s. A number of quite young children were there the day I went up and were quite scared. The queues are long at peak times because there is a strict limit on the number of visitors allowed in the tower at any one time.

Visited June 2014
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“Worth the climb”
Reviewed July 3, 2014

Be warned -climbing the Belfry is not easy! The spiral staircase has 366 winding steps, getting progressively steeper the higher you go (towards the top, it starts to feel more like climbing a ladder then walking up a staircase).
In addition, it's a pretty tight spot in a few areas. So if you're not reasonably fit it might be quite difficult; if you're a larger person (even a relatively muscular larger person) you may find it difficult to physically fit in the staircases, especially when you meet someone going down as you go up -I'm a fairly small person and a few times I had difficulty flattening myself against the wall enough for others to pass by. Probably not the best for small children -you definitely don't want to carry them up the stairs. Kids old enough, and strong/energetic enough, to walk the stairs themselves should be fine. There are plenty of stops along the way, platforms with areas of interest, so you can take a few breaks. Still, be prepared for aching legs!

Warnings aside, it's a fascinating glimpse into Bruges' history, and the view from the top is absolutely stunning. A must-do, for those who are able!

Visited June 2014
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Ware, United Kingdom
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“366 steps, but worth it”
Reviewed July 3, 2014

This should only be attempted by people who are not nervous of heights of narrow spiral stairs. There are several resting places on th way up, but two stretches of more than one hundred steps. The view from the top is worth the effort. And you don't half get a feeling of achievement having made it!

Visited June 2014
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“The Bells, the bells..”
Reviewed July 1, 2014

Well worth the effort to get to the top, with plenty of places to stop on your way up, to catch your breath and let others pass. good views from the top and the clock works are interesting. I recommend this, but you may have to just keep your fingers in your ears!!.

Visited May 2014
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“Worth waiting for the bells!”
Reviewed July 1, 2014 via mobile

The excellent views from the top make the 100's of steps worthwhile. And what better excuse for a rest at the top than waiting for the bells to peel.
Note - the stairways do get tight and twisty at the top, but even the next level below this set of stairs provides awesome views and a chance to hear the bells close up.

Visited August 2013
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