Historium Tower

Breathtaking 360° view

Climb the Historium Tower for an impressive 360° view of the Market Square (Markt) in Bruges and the Belfry (Belfort). This is the beautiful neo-gothic tower that forms part of the Historium building from 1921, which was designed by the well-known Belgian architect Jules Coomans. The tower’s narrow stair turret was inspired by the Burghers’ Lodge (Poortersloge) on Jan van Eyckplein and reaches a height of 35 metres. You reach the observation point after a climb of 145 steps. When you exit the tower, you can visit the adjoining Historium Exhibition which has much more information about Bruges in the Middle Ages. From here you will also be able to access the Historium’s large panoramic terrace.

See Bruges from a totally different perspective! The Historium Tower is open every (extended) weekend from 11 am to 6 pm, including Sundays and public holidays.
Please note: the tower is not easily accessible for everyone – see below for further details.

Only for the daring!

The corner tower has 145 steps and is made up of 5 sections. Once you reach the top, you will be rewarded with a breathtaking 360° view of Bruges’ principle buildings including the Saint Saviour’s Cathedral, the concert hall, the Belfry, Prinsenhof, Saint James’s Church, Hof Bladelin, and the municipal theatre.

Please bear in mind that the observation point of this historic, protected tower is small and not very comfortable.
  • The passageway to the entrance door is 45 cm wide and 150 cm high and the platform of the observation point is narrow. There is a mock-up of this door at the ticket desk. If you can easily pass through the door, then you will be able to go up the tower without any problems.
  • For safety reasons, we recommend that people who suffer from claustrophobia or fear of heights do not visit the tower.
  • The minimum height for visiting the tower visit is 1m40.

Historic building

During the Middle Ages, the Waterhalle, the large warehouse for the port that passed through Breidelstraat, was located on the spot now occupied by the Historium building. The Waterhalle was demolished in 1787 and a classical complex took its place (with the Province Court), which was destroyed by fire in 1878. The initiative to reconstruct the Province Court and the Post Office building on the corner of Breidelstraat was only taken in 1887. In 1902, the government purchased the corner lot on Philipstockstraat, ‘Café Foy’, that had been destroyed by fire. The government instructed the well-known Ypres architect, Jules Coomans, to construct a building in an eclectic neo-gothic style with a narrow corner tower. This is now the Historium building. The building has a neo-renaissance appearance due to the double covered gallery on the side of the Markt Square and the medallions in the façade. It is not one of Bruges’ typical neo-gothic buildings because bluestone was used for the façade instead of red brick. The building was completed in 1921 and housed the Flemish Roads and Traffic Authority. In 2009, the building was sold to private owners and the Historium opened to the public in 2012.
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