Church Belfry of Tongeren

Graanmarkt, 3700 Tongeren, Belgium

Miniature at the Grain Market

Visit in March 2019

A beautiful encounter

However, an unexpected encounter befalls us when we enter the attic of City Hall. It turns out to be Noël Reynders, the former city carillonneur of Sint-Truiden….

Church Belfry of Tongeren


The history of Our Lady’s Basilica goes back fourth century and several churches have stood on this site until the construction of the present one began in 1240. Construction took no less than 296 years and was completed in 1536. The tower itself did not begin to be built until 1442 and this was completed in 1544 with the completion of the spire. This structure did not last long because in 1598 the tower burned out for the first time. Several disasters struck the church and tower thereafter. The great fire of Tongeren in 1677 caused the most damage. This fire was set by furious French troops who had fought a battle with the troops of William III of Orange who was supported by the Habsburgs. The French were driven back to the Southern Netherlands where, in frustration, they blew up the walls of Tongeren on the night of Aug. 26-29, 1677, and set fire to the inner city. In addition to fire, the tower was hit by storms and a spire did not return because there was simply no more money for yet another restoration.


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1442 (start of construction)

1544 (completion striker)

brick, marl

Maas Gothic

55.55 meters

Opening Hours

Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Closed on Carnival Monday, March 4, 2019

Every first Sunday of the month you can take a free guided tour at 2 pm.


Tourism Sint-Truiden

Call: +32(0)11 70 18 18


Accommodation options in Tongeren

Part of our pre-fun consists of booking accommodation. For us, combining a visit to a belfry with an overnight stay near it completes the experience and gives us more time to gather information.

Huys van Steyns

Housed in the former residence of Louis Steyns, founder of a well-known shoe brand, the small-scale Huys van Steyns has its own garden and rental bikes…

Boutique Hotel Caelus VII

Boutique Hotel Caelus VII has a restaurant with a terrace serving international dishes and Belgian specialties in an elegant yet informal atmosphere….

Den Bongaerd B&B & Wellness

Located in Mal, Den Bongaerd B&B and Wellness offers a wellness center with an indoor pool and a sauna. Free Wi-Fi is also available. The wellness facilities can…

Food and drink

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

Café ‘t Poorthuis 2.

Old pubs always have an edge with us. Café ‘t Poorthuis is the epicenter of Sunday’s big antique market. They open the doors as early as 6:30 a.m. with great bacon-filled bacon buns!

Cafe ‘t Poorthuis on Facebook

2. Restaurant ‘t Vrijthof

In terms of location, Restaurant ‘t Vrijthof is almost inevitable when visiting the belfry of Tongeren. It offers a nice menu and also unobstructed views of the basilica and Ambiorix.

Restaurant ‘t Vrijthof

3. Restaurant Magis

Unfortunately, we were too late on our first visit but next time we will definitely make reservations at this starred restaurant. Heard a lot of good things about it!

Restaurant Magis

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

Visit Belfry of Dendermonde 2023

Visit Belfry of Dendermonde 2023 Rein had managed to get in touch with Patrick Segers, the head of the Tourism Department in Dendermonde, and make an appointment to tour the Belfry. Not only was Patrick waiting for us in front of the Belfry and City Hall but he turned...