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Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle)

Emile Braunplein, Ghent 9000, Belgium
+32 9 233 07 72
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This municipal tower was a symbol of the city's autonomy, begun in 1313 and completed in 1380.
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“first floor” (25 reviews)
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Emile Braunplein, Ghent 9000, Belgium
+32 9 233 07 72
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Reviewed 6 days ago

it's worth going to the top of this tower for the views (there is a lift). on the way up there are various displays (including the drum mechanism to play a tune on the bells) and the original dragon from the roof. Entry included with...More

1  Thank 415katew
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not too many steps, as there is a lift. Excellent views from the top, as you would expect. There is an exhibition about the bells and a film about the casting of a bell, which is very interesting. You can see the carillon being played,...More

Thank lornabookworm
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An interesting place to visit with lots of information about the construction and bells. You can sit and watch an old control device begin to sound the clarion. Did this with a group of little kids who were so excited once every thing went into...More

Thank David P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Located across fro St. Bavo's Cathedral, I initially thought it was another church. The friendly man working at the Payment Section informed me that it is a belfry, not a church. To reach the top areas, one has to climb some steps, followed by riding...More

Thank LolaGo1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In Belgium, life is easier if you are under 26 years of age. Entrance for the Belfry costs 2.50 as under 26 and 8 euro if you are 26 years or +. The exhibitions on the floors were not so interesting (except for the dragon...More

Thank Beatriz M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's not the oldest bell-tower you'll come across but it's huge, very substantially built, and has excellent views from the top. The elevator from the first floor is a big plus for many. But do remember to stop on each floor starting on the first...More

1  Thank AllanJGJ
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Belfry has three floors and you can go up with elevator from the first floor. Top of it has a very beautiful view of Ghent. On the second floor there was a TV show which explains how the bells are made. It was very instructive....More

Thank Akgün G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The ancient church and our are a marvel. The church as a gift shop in several small museums. There is a glass elevator going to the belfry which affords awesome views. However there is a winding narrow stairway if you prefer. It is just six...More

Thank Rupe20
Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

Somehow taking the steps is very satisfying; not sure how many there are, but not too many and half way up there is a mini exhibition showing how the bells are made which would be missed if taking the lift. Either way, the view is...More

Thank ASJ51
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

This view is really special. The elevator is the way to go. The stairs are unreal. The steepness and small size of the stairs will make it difficult for anyone with larger feet to climb. Once your at the top you have an amazing view...More

Thank coulterkj
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