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The Belfry of Tournai

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Address: Grand-Place, Tournai, Belgium

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Beautiful view

It does not Seem high, But when you are at the top, you have a great view over Tournai. And when we went Up it was free of charge!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Schoonhoven, The Netherlands
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Schoonhoven, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It does not Seem high, But when you are at the top, you have a great view over Tournai. And when we went Up it was free of charge!

Thank fschouwerwou
Frederiksberg, Denmark
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Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

We were positively surprised at the belfry. Free entrance, small platforms breaking up the climb, a cool 360-balcony 2/3 up and another one at the top! Small play area for children - positively surprised!!

Thank KStannov
McKinney, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

The views from on top were awesome and the Cathedral beside it was beautiful. The walkway was small and tight but worth it.

Thank Grant B
Honolulu, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

I had the opportunity to see this wonderful attraction while someone was actually playing the bells. There are about 254 steps going all the way up to the top of the tower, my four year old made the climb up with no rest stops. There are a couple of open rooms, balcony and a former dungeon. Takes about 10 minutes... More 

Thank gusano1
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2016

We climbed the belfry (200+ steps, I forget exactly) on a Sunday morning and had it all to ourselves for the first 10 minutes or so, and luckily it was a clear day and we could see for miles around. Superb views of the cathedral and the Grand Place. Only €1.10 for seniors!

Thank ClaireinBrussels
Brussels, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

Climbing the 256 stairs to the top is already a great experience. On the way, you have access to several rooms (history of the beffroi, jail). The view from the top is impressive and breathtaking, on a narrow platform. Not to miss!!

Thank Olivier R
Ghent, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2016

It claims to be the oldest belfry, and probably base is, however the upper part probably isn´t. Still, it is a nice and slender tower in the city centre symbolizing the power of the citizens. Along the climb there is not too much to see, other than the bells used of sounding the hours. However, the views from the top... More 

1 Thank Katrien S
Paignton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 June 2016

Dating from the 12th century, the Belfry of Tournai is the oldest in Belgium and 72 metres high. It's bell informed citizens of trials and executions and warned of invasions and fires. It once held prisoners and has several chambers on the climb up but on reaching the top has breath taking views of Tournai and the surrounding area.

1 Thank Bernard P
Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 21 June 2016

The belfry of Tournai is a freestanding bell tower of medieval origin, 72 m in height with a 256-step stairway. Construction of the belfry began around 1188. This beautiful building is one of a set of belfries of Belgium and France designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so it is well worth the visit. The entrance fee is very... More 

3 Thank Ena G
Kaiserslautern, Germany
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Reviewed 28 May 2016 via mobile

Great way to spend a sunny morning in Tournai. Arrive early to avoid the crowds - we visited on a Sunday morning when they opened. About 270 stairs to get to the top but we'll worth it for the views. As you climb higher the stairs case does get tight so leave large bags downstairs!

1 Thank Theresa M

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