Belfry And Market Hall Or Belfort And Market Hallen

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  • Address: Markt 7, 8000 Brugge, Bruges, Belgium
  • Timings: 09:30 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +32-50448711
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Landmark, View Point, Historical Site, Monument, Family And Kids, Tower, Architecture

Belfry And Market Hall Or Belfort And Market Hallen - Review

Looming at the heart of the city stands the Belfry of Bruges. With its 47 bells atop the 83 meter structure and steep stairway, the bell tower is one of the most recognizable and immortalized structures of the city. Formerly used as a treasury, a store for the city’s archives and a look out spot, the Belfry has become one of the city’s most popular tourist destinations due to its ancient architecture and the stunning view it provides.

The history of the belfry is marred with accidental destruction. Ever since its addition to the market square in 1240, the tower had fallen prey twice to devastating fires and once to lightening. Despite it all though, the tower still stands, strong and stern, looking over Bruges. The upper stage of the Belfry is octagon in shape and the rooftop is decorated with a Gothic styled stone parapet. The architects attempted to add aspire to the towers two times but lightening destroyed the first while flames consumed the second, after which all attempts were abandoned. Because of this, the tower that stands today is actually a little shorter than the Belfry of old.

The Belfry has always been an important part of Bruges. Since its inception, the tower has acted as a clock announcing the time with a resonating chime, as a fire alarm and as an indicator of numerous political, social and religious events. By the 16th century, the bells could be played by a hand keyboard and tunes were played throughout the city during special occasions and holidays. After a terrible fire in 1741, the bells were replaced and today, there are 47 bells, each of a varying weight, from two pounds to 11,000 pounds!  

Visitors will be faced with a tremendous climb up 366 tapering stairs which wind up the bell tower. Those who are able to make the climb will be treated to stunning panoramic views of the city that stretch for miles and miles. At the second floor is the treasury, in which lie seals and charters protected by wrought iron grills. The Market Hall is now used as an exhibition centre managed by local art dealers. This beautiful historical monument is a must see for those travelling to the city.

Belfry And Market Hall Or Belfort And Market Hallen Information

  • Last ticket sold till 4:15 pm.
  • Additionally, there are other floors (good for a stop off and a bit of a rest!) and the one where you can see the chime mechanism is really worth seeing.
  • Dress appropriately since it’s a climb (avoid short clothing).
  • Go in the afternoon, shorter lines.
  • There is a long queue.
  • No elevator.
  • Steep climb.
  • Everyone goes up and down using same stairs which makes passing each other difficult. There are other floors along the way though if you need to stop.
  • Parking space is available.

Belfry And Market Hall Or Belfort And Market Hallen Ticket Prices

  • Adults : 8 Euros, 65+ : 6 Euros, Children under 6 have free entry, Youngsters (under 26) ; 6 Euros.

How To reach Belfry And Market Hall Or Belfort And Market Hallen by Public Transport

  • Buses going to and out of Markt are easily available.
  • Stands  at Markt: 32(0)50334444 and Stationsplein: 32(0)50384660.
  • Detailed bus, train and ferry schedules are on display at the Tourist Office.

Restaurants Near Belfry And Market Hall Or Belfort And Market Hallen

  • Kardinaalshof (Traditional Belgian/ 51 Euros per head)
  • Assiette Blanche (Franco-Belgian, Modern/ 50 Euros per head)
  • Brasserie Raymond (Cuisine Traditional / Lunch 18€; Menu: 37€/ 40€; Carte: 42€/69€)

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  • Belfry And Market Hall Or Belfort And Market Hallen Address: Markt 7, 8000 Brugge, Bruges, Belgium
  • Belfry And Market Hall Or Belfort And Market Hallen Contact Number: +32-50448711
  • Belfry And Market Hall Or Belfort And Market Hallen Timing: 09:30 am - 05:00 pm
  • Belfry And Market Hall Or Belfort And Market Hallen Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Belfry And Market Hall Or Belfort And Market Hallen(preferred time): 09:30 am - 04:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Belfry And Market Hall Or Belfort And Market Hallen: 02:00 Hrs
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  • 95% of people who visit Bruges include Belfry And Market Hall Or Belfort And Market Hallen in their plan

  • 59.68% of people start their Belfry And Market Hall Or Belfort And Market Hallen visit around 1 PM - 2 PM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Belfry And Market Hall Or Belfort And Market Hallen

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Belfry And Market Hall Or Belfort And Market Hallen, Bruges Reviews

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  • Beautiful building that's worth the €12 to climb up and see the spectacular views of the city. There are info boards in several languages as you climb to get a feel for the history of the belfry. I happened to be at the top when the bells chimed which was pretty cool :) Also I was lucky to catch a carillon concert (when you could sit in the square below and listen to the bells playing different music for a couple of hours)

  • Great views from the top, but a steep price (compared to similar attractions in France and Belgium) and a steep and narrow climb. Staircases are for people going up and coming down, although there is a restriction on the amount of people allowed in at one time. Ticket gates operate on a one in, one out policy. We had to wait about 20-30 minutes until we were able to go up. Price is €12 for over 26 years of age. Don't try and fake your age as they do ask for proof of ID. Overall a good view, but don't go up if you're claustrophobic and don't like heights!!

  • After climbing numerous stairs of which an exact number will be told on the entrance the traveler will be greeted with beautiful view of the city. From the top of the tower one can see the entire panoramic view of the city and in the same time enjoy the sounds of activity coming from the city market. Be prepared for the climb and in the end you will be rewarded with the beautiful view. In the interest of full disclosure I will state here that I have visited this place only once at the time when this review is written and the full exploration has not been completed. There is a possibility that the place has changed and that this review may not correctly reflect the current situation at the site. The best course of action would be to make a visit to the location, explore as much as possible and make your own judgment. In case I visit the same location again, at some future point in time, and my opinion changes drastically, as to require the new grade, then this review will most likely be updated as well in order to reflect that change but no promise are being made here.

  • A fantastic spot for both cultural significance and just sheer beauty. Climbing the stairs you are seeing stairs worn down by the climbing of people over many generations, the view from the top is just amazing and if the climb doesn't get your heart rate up then you are definitely fitter than I am. Definitely worth the €12 to climb up, even if just to see the interesting workings of the clock and bells. Definitely a must see in Brugge.

  • The hard climb to the top is worth the views. The price they charge for entrance and I assume what they consider a small "museum" is a little high. Really you just want to go up 366 steps to the top. They only allow so many people in the belfry at a time, so lines can be long depending on time of day. I thought the views from the top were worth it. The stairs do get narrower as you go up.

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