Belfry of Ghent

Sint-Baafsplein, 9000 Ghent Belgium

View from the belfry

Visit in September 2016

Not yet aware

After many editions of the Ghent Festivities, September 2016 will finally see the climbing of the belfry. A double city trip to Ghent and Bruges sparked the idea of finding out what a belfry actually stands for after all….

Belfry of Ghent

Concise history:

The first account for the construction of Ghent’s Belfry dates back to 1313. You may infer that construction started in that year. Ten years later, the first four layers were completed, and between 1377 and 1380, a provisional wooden tower crown was built on which the Golden Dragon was placed. This first dragon watched over the city for nearly 500 years and was replaced in 1853. The current dragon is number three and was installed in 1980. The belfry has had a total of seven different crowns, each time adapted to the growing number of bells of the carillon. In the mid-19th century, the last wooden covering was replaced by a cast iron construction. Due to lack of maintenance, it rusted to the point that it too was replaced. The present stone spire, after the 14th-century design, was just getting ready for the 1913 World’s Fair. Between 1967 and 1980, further substantial restorations were made to properly connect this spire to the rest of the belfry.


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bluestone, limestone



386 / 6 floors


Opening Hours

Monday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Book tours – Guides Association Artoria sprl
Phone: 09 375 31 61 (every weekday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
Mobile: 0479 51 52 42 (every weekday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.)



Tourism Ghent

Call: +32(0)9 210 10 10


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Food and drink

During our visit to Ghent, we spontaneously visited some premises to take care of the inner man as well. If you have any additions or an absolute tip where a visit to Ghent culinary should be graced please send a message to:

‘t Dreupelkot 1.

Perhaps not the smallest, but the most unique dredge in Flanders and surrounding continents. With its more than 200 varieties of genevers, some of them homemade such as the already world-famous vanilla gin, there is more than enough to choose from.

Website ‘t Dreupelkot

2. Lunchroom The Black Sea

Located on the River Lys, Black Sea is one of the city’s nicest locations on sunny days. The view of the Lys River is magnificent and enjoying the large waffles served here, the whole city passes by.

Website The Black Sea

3. Paradise of Wenemaar

On the Veerleplein opposite ‘t Gravesteen you will find ‘t Paradijs van Wenemaar, or ‘t Paradijs for short. You can eat super delicious food there. The Ghent stew with Gulden Draak and hand-cut fries is highly recommended.

Website ‘ Paradise

The three most recent posts

On this page we have collected all the relevant information for visiting this belfry. To keep this up to date, we are constantly on our way to one of the 56 belfries on the Unesco World Heritage List. Below are the latest additions.

Visit Belfry of Dendermonde 2023

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