No, it’s not the strong Belgian beer you’ve been drinking – this medieval bell tower built in the 13th and 15th century IS leaning, tilting to the East a full metre. At the 83 metres high, the belfry offers jaw-dropping views the expanse of the quaint town below.  If you’re so inclined, you can head up the steep and narrow 366 steps to the top, which is quite the experience and not for the faint of heart, as the stairs get smaller the higher you get. Information about the belfry and working carillon bells, which ring every quarter hour as they’ve done for nearly seven and a half centuries, are available on a number of floors, which offer a respite from the arduous climb.


Markt  7
8000 Bruges


T+32 50 44 87 43

Accessibility information

The access path and yard are made of flat cobblestones. The Garemijnzaal is the easiest to reach and access. The rooms on the first floor are accessible by lift, but help may be needed on some steeper slopes on the route and at the narrower stretch upon exiting the elevator on the first floor. The adapted toilet in the courtyard is easily accessible. The other adapted toilets are too small. In front of the building on the market square you will find a tactile model with information in braille.

Local map

Below you will find an interactive map.

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