Belfry And Market Hall Or Belfort And Market Hallen, Bruges

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Belfry And Market Hall Or Belfort And Market Hallen, Bruges - Address, Phone Number

Address: Markt 7, 8000 Brugge

Phone: +32-50448711

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Time Required: 02:00 Hrs

Timings: 09:30 am - 05:00 pm Details

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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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  • Great place. Stairs can be narrow in spots and you have to sneak past others but it is a great landmark. The view is incredible from the top!

  • Nice view of the city. Line was long but moved quickly enough. Had about a twenty minute wait on a Sunday afternoon. The walk up was about fifteen minutes, with a couple stops along the way. They have some rooms you can stop in that have a bit of history and pieces of the bell tower on display.

  • Okay to climb for sake of it. Very narrow and steep annoying to climb with other hopeless tourists. If you want to do it go on clear day in morning before hordes arrive. Obviously because of tourists they have fenced off bell and top tower views so difficult to see anything or main square if you're less than 6"!! Save time and money and climb the one in Ghent, so much nicer and cheaper

  • It is worth the climb! Spectacular view once you get to the top. Watching the bells chime is also fascinating. They ring every 15 minutes. Go early if you can to avoid the queue. We arrived just after 9.30 and went straight up.

  • Amazing view at the top. Every quarter of hour the bells perform a different song, and you can look at the mechanism while the song is being played. Even though it involves lots of steps it's completely doable and you have several rest stops along the way.

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