Belfry And Market Hall Or Belfort And Market HallenCurrently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
- 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
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.
- 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.
- Adults : 8 Euros, 65+ : 6 Euros, Children under 6 have free entry, Youngsters (under 26) ; 6 Euros.
- 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.
- 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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95% of people who visit Bruges include Belfry And Market Hall Or Belfort And Market Hallen in their plan
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67.41% 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
94.69% of people prefer walking in order to reach Belfry And Market Hall Or Belfort And Market Hallen
Bruges is the bomb man! This place is wicked, but check out the rest of what Bruges has to offer. It's like a nicer, cheaper and friendlier version of Venice. But still feels authentic and genuine - it's much prettier in my opinion as well :)
Tbh, I went there just to see the place of the scene from "In Bruges" but I also found a spectacular view over Bruges after climbing 366 steps, such a workout! Belfry is the best-known tower in Bruges and it was used as a watchtower to spot dangers. Nowadays it's one of the best places to see the town and listen to the music the clockwork mechanism plays. The place is lovely!
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.
Incredible climb up a narrow spiral stair case to the Bell tower at the top. The climb is not for those in decent shape. Incredible views from the top though. A must do in Bruges.
The view from the top was AMAZING. I was there in October and the weather was surprisingly good throughout the day. Be sure to arrive early before the lines start to form. Don’t bring too much stuff as you will probably need both hands while climbing the stairs.