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
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Landmark, View Point, Historical Site, Monument, Family And Kids, Tower, Architecture

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

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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  • 95% of people who visit Bruges include Belfry And Market Hall Or Belfort And Market Hallen in their plan

  • 59.31% 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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  • One of the most visited monuments in Bruges. But not all stay back in queue and leave early. Yes, it has a long long queue. Which moves quite slow. So be prepared to stay standing and waiting for at least an hour. There are 2 ticket counters only one for cash and other for credit card which are quick though but the reason I found for long waiting time was that only a limited number of people are sent upstairs depending on number of people who come back. So you have to climb total of 366 stairs which getter narrower as you climb up the Belfry. Expenses here: 1. 12€ per person (aged more than 25) and 10€ for younger ones and yes if you take any discounts you need to show the age proof. 2. Queue time of 1 hour at least. 3. Climbing up manually no elevators. But what you get in return is an experience of understanding the whats and how's of a Belfry and an amazing view of Bruges from above. Be cautious when climbing up, if any respiratory issues or joint pains I would ask you to skip it. Be extra cautious when climbing down. Coordinate passers by patiently as the same stair is used for climbing up and coming down.

  • A great little walk up a very cool, very original feeling tower. The small stops and exhibits along the way are great to break up the trip for families or people who want to go at a slower pace. For the adventurous, you can get to the top in about 10-15 minutes depending on the crowds. Expect to spend about an hour here if you want to enjoy the exhibits and the views, it's well worth it.

  • The Belfry itself was fantastic, and it's so cool seeing it up close and seeing the whole city. Be aware that there is a lot of climbing with narrow stairs. There is no organization, and some tourists are rude AF. Someone is going to have to yield, and it's only natural that it would be the person who has access to the corner. Good luck with that. The staff were extremely rude. They would randomly yell at people for crossing a line or for not paying quickly enough. They were nice enough to me, though.

  • 366 steps - at times rather narrow. Great little workout with views of the city as your reward. I would recommend you to go early; I barely had to wait when I visited just before 10am. Once I came down though (about 10:45am), a little queue of around 20 people had formed. The Belfry works on a 1 in, 1 out policy, so try to be arrive off-peak if you can to avoid queuing.

  • Absolutely beautiful place - must see and learn about the bells. Interestingly, one of the bells is too heavy so they had to place it in another location. The people are very courteous here. Worth a day trip.

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