Climb Antwerp Cathedral of Our Lady’s belfry tower

From 1 April 2023, and it’s no April’s Fool, you can climb the tower or belfry of Antwerp‘s Cathedral of Our Lady. The climbing tours are hosted by Museum Vleeshuis

“After almost four years of restoration work, we are once again taking you to the wonderful bell tower of the Antwerp Cathedral. Your tour starts at the museum with a short tour. Then comes the ascent: 515 steps later you are 90 meters above the ground and enjoy a beautiful view of the city”, Museum Vleeshuis says

The ascent of the tower starts in Museum Vleeshuis (Butchers’ Hall Museum), where you can learn everything about tower music. You will visit the reconstruction of the last traditional bell foundry of Jacques Sergeys and learn step by step how the large, bronze bells were made and are still being made.

After the short tour, it’s on foot to the cathedral. Step by step you will discover the story of the tower, its versatile belfry function as a fire watch and watchtower, and its impact on the daily life of the Antwerp residents. The icing on the cake is the breathtaking panorama. In clear weather you can even see the Atomium in Brussels.


  • From April 1 to October 1, 2023 on Saturdays and Sundays. Every time at 10 AM and 1.30 PM.
  • The tower climb starts in Museum Vleeshuis.
  • Price: €14 per person.
  • Duration tour and ascent: 2 hours.
  • Suitable for children from 8 years. Children between the ages of 8 and 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • The tower climb requires a good physical condition. Put on comfortable shoes.

Wether the weather…

In bad weather there is a chance that the climb cannot continue for safety reasons. In that case we will contact you and find a new date.

In culture

“Singer La Esterella and writer-poet Tom Lanoye have already praised the beautiful cathedral tower with beautiful words. For the people of Antwerp it is their eternal pride, for many visitors it is a unique example of Gothic architecture. For centuries, the belfry tower has been the means of communication par excellence between the city and its inhabitants. Flags, clockwork, chimes and carillon playing: Antwerp was ‘blew high from the tower’ several times.”

Did you know?

The belfry tower…

  • was built in several stages between 1352 and 1518;
  • it measures 123 meters and is therefore the highest ecclesiastical monument in the Low Countries;
  • has 615 stairs of which 515 can be accessed by visitors;
  • has 11 large bells and 49 carillon bells;
  • the heaviest bell ‘Carolus‘ weighs no less than 6,434 kg and the oldest bell ‘Maria‘ was cast in 1459;
  • has a large carillon that is played every Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon by the city carillonneurs;
  • was recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999;
  • underwent a major and much-needed restoration from 2019 to 2022.

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. elvira797mx says:

    Beautiful tower, thank’s for share Timothy.
    Have a nice day!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Timothy says:

      It’s pretty special to us indeed.

      Have a beautiful day, Elvira.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. elvira797mx says:

        I can imagine, thank’s Timothy.
        Beautiful day as well!

        Liked by 1 person

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