Het Belfort van Gent
Het Belfort van Gent
4.5
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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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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  • Baross
    Spikkestad, Norway1,979 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice buildings in lovely square in center of Ghent
    The Ghent Belfry symbolises the city’s prosperity and independence. The Cloth Hall, built onto the Belfry, was completed in 1907. The Ghent Belfry, a recognised UNESCO World Heritage, is well worth a visit. In 1402, it was the place where city privileges were kept: in a chest, locked up in the Belfry safe. The dragon, which has been up on the tower since 1377, kept an eye on the city as well as being the symbolic guardian of the belfry. I only looked on the buildings from outside. Since I was here only for a few hours it was difficult to choose what I should go inside and not.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 7 September 2023
  • Zoë H
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely, definitely recommend
    I was first through the door at 10 in the morning, and because I was the only one there, I got to have some lovely conversations with the staff there which developed into an inpromptu private guided tour. Included were the latest updates on maintenance of the Belfort and the planned time frame - all extremely interesting because I work as a guide in a stately home back in my home country, and often see my own colleagues hard at work on exactly that kind of stuff! A very special thanks to Rannie, Lean, and the whole team for having me at the Belfort, you guys are so wonderful and made me feel so welcome (I hope I spelt names correctly: Lean or Lian? Sorry if not!).
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 18 October 2023
  • Simon C
    Derby, United Kingdom932 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not for the faint-hearted
    A really interesting place, lots to read and see. The bell chamber is huge and very impressive. The views from the top are amazing. Access is via a spiral staircase and is very steep and narrow - had my heart thumping on the decent!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 27 October 2023
  • WearyTraveler1979
    Indianapolis, Indiana110 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice view of Ghent
    You are currently unable to go ALL the way to the top but the view from the area that is accessible is worth the visit, although $10/each is a little steep for the amount of time you actually will spend visiting. There is a short set of very steep spirals stairs that you must climb to get to the “secret room” and then you can take an elevator to the upper level. Then you are suppose to climb down the 254 spiral steps to get back to the bottom which are very steep and very narrow. If you are not comfortable with climbing down narrow stairs, it would not be something I would recommend.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 December 2023
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Jeff N
Phoenix, AZ122 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Well worth the 44 steps to the lift/elevator. Time your visit with the bells, and get ready to take video. The chimes are fantastic!
Written 8 June 2024
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LebaneseCreole
Bonn, Germany231 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
When we visited we were told it was barely crowded and still everything felt cramped. I'm a big guy and going up the stairs while people coming down is very cramped. And then when you're at the top, yes the view is nice but at the same time you're dependent on the people in front of you and if they wanna take their sweet time you're gonna have to wait. The passage is very narrow. Beautiful on the outside, average attraction on the inside
Written 12 March 2024
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Avidesh
Oxford, UK614 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We had a lovely experience here. The view from the Belfry was simply amazing. Seeing the original dragon statue was also fantastic. Loved the fact that it had a lift to the viewing point.
Written 31 December 2023
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WearyTraveler1979
Indianapolis, IN110 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
You are currently unable to go ALL the way to the top but the view from the area that is accessible is worth the visit, although $10/each is a little steep for the amount of time you actually will spend visiting. There is a short set of very steep spirals stairs that you must climb to get to the “secret room” and then you can take an elevator to the upper level. Then you are suppose to climb down the 254 spiral steps to get back to the bottom which are very steep and very narrow. If you are not comfortable with climbing down narrow stairs, it would not be something I would recommend.
Written 11 December 2023
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,930 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
This is the big belfry on a municipal building in the center of town. We even heard the bells ring. It's impressive and fitting for the center of town.
Written 11 December 2023
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Simon C
Derby, UK932 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
A really interesting place, lots to read and see.
The bell chamber is huge and very impressive.
The views from the top are amazing.
Access is via a spiral staircase and is very steep and narrow - had my heart thumping on the decent!
Written 27 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Zoë H
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
I was first through the door at 10 in the morning, and because I was the only one there, I got to have some lovely conversations with the staff there which developed into an inpromptu private guided tour. Included were the latest updates on maintenance of the Belfort and the planned time frame - all extremely interesting because I work as a guide in a stately home back in my home country, and often see my own colleagues hard at work on exactly that kind of stuff!

A very special thanks to Rannie, Lean, and the whole team for having me at the Belfort, you guys are so wonderful and made me feel so welcome (I hope I spelt names correctly: Lean or Lian? Sorry if not!).
Written 18 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Oldfart1939
Billings, MT395 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
The Belfry is impossible to miss from St. Bavo's Cathedral area. THe chiming is lovely and fortunately it doesn't continue through the evening. We wanted to do the climb up the stairs, and then after some consultation, decided to pass.
Written 5 October 2023
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Josie Iino
Cambridge, UK605 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
I decided to climb up the Belfry. However, it is not strenuous at all, because an elevator is provided. One can see how the drum works, and see the bell, before having the privilege of the view. It is four-sided view, unobstructed by any guard-railings. It is a really wonderful view of the city of Ghent. I remember just being fascinated, standing up there for ten-fifteen minutes admiring the architecture of the buildings adjacent to the Belfry (Ghent is a small town; most of the major attractions were in eye-view up there). Truly wonderful.
Written 21 September 2023
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Baross
Spikkestad, Norway1,979 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
The Ghent Belfry symbolises the city’s prosperity and independence. The Cloth Hall, built onto the Belfry, was completed in 1907.

The Ghent Belfry, a recognised UNESCO World Heritage, is well worth a visit. In 1402, it was the place where city privileges were kept: in a chest, locked up in the Belfry safe. The dragon, which has been up on the tower since 1377, kept an eye on the city as well as being the symbolic guardian of the belfry.

I only looked on the buildings from outside. Since I was here only for a few hours it was difficult to choose what I should go inside and not.

Written 7 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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