About Belfry of Bruges

As it is surrounded by an extensive network of canals, the city of Bruges is also called the “Venice of the North.” And right in the heart of the town is the Belfry of Bruges. This medieval bell tower is one of the most iconic symbols of the city. In its former years, the belfry used to hold a treasury and the municipal archives. At 83 meters high, it also used to be a watchtower to spot dangers like fire, from afar. To climb up to the top of the belfry, one has to take 366 steps up a narrow stairway. If given the opportunity, you should climb up to the top and view the panoramic display of the beautiful city below. Dating back to the 13th Century, the tower has caught fire a number of times over the years. After every incident, the tower has been restored but with a few changes here and there. The present tower is only used as an attraction and charms its visitors with lovely music played by a carillon comprising 47 bells. Who would want to miss hearing these melodious chimes?

Must See

  • A narrow, steep staircase of 366 steps
  • On the top floor, visitors can enjoy a view over Bruges and its surroundings 
  • The clock mechanism of the carillon with 47 bells can be viewed

How to reach

Best way to travel to get from Brugge Station to Belfry of Bruges is to take the line 12 bus which costs 3 EURO, departs every five minutes and takes 9 minutes to reach the destination

 The quickest way is to take a taxi which costs 12 to 15 EURO and takes 6 minutes


  • Reservations are not possible. Each visitor has to wait in line. Please consider a certain waiting period
  • Parking space is available
  • No elevator, steep climb
  • The wheelchair is partly accessible
  • Wheelchair toilets are accessible
  • Dress appropriately since it’s a climb (avoid short clothing)
  • Everyone goes up and down using the same stairs which makes passing each other difficult
  • 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
  • For safety reasons, only a limited number of persons will be allowed to visit the tower at the same time.
  • Lots of steps are there so wear a comfortable pair of shoes
  • The last ticket is sold till 4:15 pm
  • The place is child-friendly and has shops and restaurants

Visit Time

Sunday:           9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 
Monday:           9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 
Tuesday:          9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 
Wednesday:     9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 
Thursday:         9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 
Friday:              9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 
Saturday:          9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

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Waiting Time

30 to 40 minutes


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Entrance Fee


Adults                                € 12.00
Seniors 65+                       € 10.00
Youth up to 25 years         € 10.00
Children up to 5 years       € 0.00
Friends of Musea Brugge  € 0.00
Musea Brugge Card          € 0.00

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Time you can spend

2 hours


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