Belfry And Market Hall Or Belfort And Market HallenCurrently Closed
- 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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Things to Know Before Visiting Belfry And Market Hall Or Belfort And Market Hallen
95% of people who visit Bruges include Belfry And Market Hall Or Belfort And Market Hallen in their plan
1 PM - 2 PM
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
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Belfry And Market Hall Or Belfort And Market Hallen, Bruges Reviews
Very lively place.. Bruges has it own charm.. A small city with a variety of choclate and beer to offer.. Specially u can hire cart ride which is pulled by horses.. There are so many shops and restaurants.. Some open restaurants to soak sun and to watch people and enjoy the crowd.. Overall in a sunny day the atmosphere in front of bell tower is very nice..
A fantastic view of Bruges and also great to be able or walk up the tower and see the historic parts of this up close. The bells chiming is great to see when you're there. Expect a lot of climbing of stairs and it's pretty narrow in some places so pace yourself. Double check the queue and try to get there in advance of last entry as they were turning people away earlier than that due to the limited numbers in the building.
Although it took an hour and a half to queue to get to the ticket booth, it was well worth it. The sights at the top were gorgeous, we were lucky to have a very sunny cloudless day. Steeped in history, its a very interesting place. However if you're not very mobile or have trouble with being in close proximity to strangers, don't go - the staircase is very steep and narrow!
Worth a visit if you want to have an overview of this beautiful city! Unfortunately the top of the belfry is covered by a safety net so it's difficult to take nice photos. They only let in a limited number of people at a time, so as to not overcrowd the stairs. The downside to this is that the queue can get quite long and you may have to wait for an hour or even longer just to get to the ticket booth.
I love walking and exploring around the cities, reaching high point of view, clinging to unusual, ancient and steep stairs which may lead you to both historical and creepy places that you’re going to love. So, I highly recommend going for a really tough but, that you're not going to regret climb through Bruges Belfry tower. (Life is a climb but…) the view is utterly amazing! Plus, you may be pleased by yourself in taking such a challenge of walking up till the Belgian sky without losing hope.