Wednesday, 19 February 2014

The Belfry in Bruges

One of the undoubted highlights of a trip to Bruges is the Belfry, a huge tower which dominates the skyline. With 366 steps, this isn't a climb for the faint-hearted, but it's well worth it if you can. Although it can get a bit hairy when you meet people coming the other way on the narrow stairs, there are a few rooms where you can stop for a breather.

The 47-bell carillon is an incredible sight. You can get close to the drum, which is regularly reprogrammed to play a different melody, and if you time it right you can also catch the bells in action.

The view from the top is also pretty spectacular.









Carma Sez said...

very impressive structure!

Rachel said...

What a fascinating mechanism!

Becky Jerdee said...

Wow, wow, and wow!

mypixieblog said...

I'm so grateful for you and your vivid photographs. These snapshots take me back to my time in Bruges, a city I'd absolutely love to revisit (I can't remember if I climbed to the top of the belfry or not?? Although I imagine back then I probably did. I was sprightly, LOL). XOXO

BellaVida Letty said...

Wow What a gorgeous view from the top. Great photos.

Jodee Weiland said...

I loved Bruges when I was there! It's such a colorful and quaint town.

Christy@SweetandSavoring said...

Oh, how wondeful! I've only been to Brussels in Belgium, but after seeing the film 'In Bruges' and reading this post, I'd love to visit Bruges! Climbing to the top of places like this is one of my favorite things to do in new cities :) Love your pictures!

Kirsten said...

Your photos are spectacular. We visited Bruges fifteen years ago and I am finding myself wondering why I have waited so long to return! Thanks for sharing.

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