The Belfry of Bruges, also known as the Belfort, is a famous bell tower in the city of Bruges, Belgium. It is located in the Market Square, which is the central square of the city. The tower is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must-see attraction for visitors to Bruges.
The Belfry of Bruges was first built in the 13th century as a watchtower for the city. Over the centuries, it was expanded and improved, with the addition of a carillon of bells in the 17th century. The tower has played an important role in the history of Bruges, serving as a symbol of the city’s independence and prosperity.
View from the top
Visitors to the Belfry of Bruges can climb the 366 steps to the top of the tower for breathtaking views of the city. Along the way, they can see the carillon of bells and the historic clock mechanism. At the top of the tower, visitors can see the famous bells and enjoy panoramic views of Bruges and the surrounding countryside.
Visitors can also explore the museum located in the Belfry’s lower level. The museum contains artifacts related to the history of the tower and the city of Bruges, including the original clock mechanism and historic documents and artifacts.
The tower’s carillon comprises of 47 bells, and Bruges has a designated city carillonneur who plays them every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
Hours and Fees
Open everyday, 09:00 – 20:00
25 December, 1 January