Belfort Van GentCurrently Closed
- Address: Sint-Baafsplein, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
- Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
- Phone: 329-233395
- Ticket Price: 6 EUR
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Landmark, Tower, Specialty Museums, Heritage Building, Unesco Site
Look up at the very top of this bell tower and you’ll see a dragon. That dragon keeps watch over Ghent and guards the municipal privileges of Ghent that are kept in the secrecy room. As far as the city’s identity goes, the 91 metre tall Belfry is probably the most important building in the city. From 1442 to 1869, the men of Ghent kept a shapr look out from the top for invaders and fires the deadliest threats. The bell itself, called Roland (which has actually been made a character in the city’s anthem), has been chiming out the hour in 1378. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999, the building also houses the Lakenhalle, or Cloth Hall the centre of the fabric trade that brought such wealth to the city in the Middle Ages. So you’ve got great views from the top, a movie explaining the making of the bells and an insight into the city economy. It’s good value!
- The stairs can be hard to get up.
- It can be cold on top of the tower.
- You can pay to use the lift to get to the top.
- EUR 4.50 for age above 65 years and EUR 2 for age between 19 to 26 years.
- Tickets Free for age under 19 years and disabled.
- Bus: 3, 17, 18, 38, 39 at Ghent KorenmarktPerron 3.
- Trams 1, 4, 24 at Ghent KorenmarktPerron 3.
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95% of people who visit Ghent include Belfort Van Gent in their plan
11 AM - 12 PM
55.78% of people start their Belfort Van Gent visit around 11 AM - 12 PM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Belfort Van Gent
84.65% of people prefer walking in order to reach Belfort Van Gent
Go, definitely go. There is a lift so not too many stairs and the views of the city are wonderful. The displays on the other levels are great too. I especially loved seeing the mechanisms that ring the bells and work the clocks.
As all the Belgium cities, Ghent doesn't disappoint regarding the belfry's. This is another great building that fits so well into the Ghent skyline. The clock mechanism and music chamber were a delight to see. The guided tour is expensive and not interesting at all !
Definitely stunning tower in a charming village where hanging around and enjoy some absolutely lovely old-fashioned streets and houses. You should not miss out this town at all.
The original passages/staircases are steep and narrow, with very low ceilings. It can be a bit freaky, but that's part of the experience. There's an elevator, too, though - accessible from any of the 4 floors going up or down. Great views of the city. Very interesting story on the plaque outside. I wouldn't pass it up, it's a neat little place- with a 360 view at the top! Cool little historical mini-exhibits on each floor going up, too. (Although no English translations, so you can only look and wonder if you're not fluent. Still neat to see, though!)
It has a great view of gent and definitely recommend it to get overview of gent and to get some beautiful pictures. If you are around I would deffinitly recommend to pay ot a visit