Belfry of Bruges (Belfort)

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Belfry of Bruges (Belfort) Brugge Reviews

WalterC WalterC
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Worth the workout to the top Mar 14, 2010
Located by Market Square, the Belfry of Bruges is a bell tower, and the tallest building in town. Also called the Belfort, it dates back to around 1240. The tower has been burned down and rebuilt over the centuries. And it is nice to look at, and hear the bells through the town. But is it worth going to the top?

There is no elevator, only steps. And a long, narrow staircase, which does make it difficult for opposite traffics to pass each other. There is a rope to hold on to, which serves as a handle, to keep balance.

There are some spots along the way, where you can see a treasure chest, and the clock at work. And they serve as good spots to catch your breath as well, and away from the steps.

Once you reach the top, you are rewarded with nice views of Bruges. And on a good day, you may even see the North Sea. With a town as picturesque as this one, the trip to the top of the tower, should not be missed at all. So the answer to my earlier question, definitely yes, it was worth going to the top.

Just to add a sidenote, at the time when I went, 2 sides of the viewing area were closed off due to renovations. Even with this setback, I still thought it was worth it, as the 2 sides that were open, did offer great views. So if all sides were open, I can only imagine that the views would be more better.
the tower itself
steps to the top
inside of the clock
steps going down
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