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Unusual mix of darkness and beauty

Lost in time – that’s how you feel in the heart of Bruges, Europe’s best preserved medieval city. This is a dreamy city that could convert the most modern poet into a romantic: nothing upsets the peace and equilibrium of this medieval destination - no high rises, rare neon lights and hardly any blights of modern development. A waffle stall on every corner, romantic carriages on every street, and an airy main square with 47 chiming bells are just some of the city’s unique features.

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Belfry (Belfort) and Market Halls (Hallen)

Belfry (Belfort) and Market Halls (Hallen)

Famous The civic pride of Brugge

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The most photographed tower in Bruges.

The civic pride of Brugge

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Nothing depicts Bruges' civic pride better than Belfry (Belfort) and Market Halls (Hallen). Belfry’s 47-bell carillon peals resonates in the city every quarter hour, a tune like an enchanted heartbeat, both magical and captivating.

In the past the belfry housed a treasury and the municipal archives, and served as an observation post for spotting fires and other danger. Today Belfry (also known as Halletoren or “tower of the halls”) is one of the city’s most visited landmarks.

To its sides and back stand the former Market Halls, which now host an exhibition center operated by a consortium of local art dealers. Just outside the Hallen is a bronze replica of the Belfry and the Hallen, with descriptions in English, French, German, and Dutch, and in Braille.

Belfry (Belfort) and Market Halls (Hallen)
Markt 7, 8000 Bruges
Phone
+32 (0) 5044-87-11
Email
musea@brugge.be
Website
www.museabrugge.be
Hours
Tues-Sun 9:30am-5pm (open Easter Monday and Pentecost Monday)