8 Amazing Observation Towers in Belgium

Belgium—the country of fries, chocolate, beer and waffles; of medieval architecture and flat fields—has more than its fair share of exceptional attractions. Filled with remarkable buildings, there are several visit-worthy observation towers in Belgium, which are always fun (and rewarding) to climb.

8 Recommended Observation Towers in Belgium

1. St. Rumbold’s Tower, Mechelen

Dominating the old market square in Mechelen, St. Rumbold’s Tower rises almost 100 meters to the sky. You can ascend it along no fewer than 538 steps for some spectacular views of this historic city. This massive tower, one of the biggest observation towers in Belgium, is part of St. Rumbold’s Cathedral and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On a clear day, views reach as far as the Atomium in Brussels and the Cathedral of Our Lady in Antwerp (see below for both).

Observation towers in Belgium: St. Rumbold's Tower, Mechelen
St. Rumbold’s Tower

2. Belfry, Bruges

One of Belgium’s most iconic buildings, the Belfry of Bruges is one of the historic observation towers of Belgium and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Standing 83 meters tall, it can be climbed along 366 steps for truly jaw-dropping views of Bruges, the Old Town of which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Observation towers in Belgium: Belfry in Bruges
Belfry in Bruges

3. Library Tower, Leuven

One of the world’s most striking libraries, the University Library in Leuven is topped with an impressive tower. It is one of the most beautiful structures in a city that has no lack of imposing architecture. On the way up, you can enjoy a photography exhibition featuring the history of Leuven.

Observation towers in Belgium: University Library in Leuven
University Library in Leuven

4. Cathedral of Our Lady, Antwerp

A UNESCO World Heritage Site and considered to be one of the greatest Gothic buildings in Europe, the magnificent Cathedral of Our Lady in Antwerp boasts one completely finished tower and one unfinished one. Dominating the cityscape, the tower is 123 meters high and is the tallest building in Antwerp.

Observation towers in Belgium: Cathedral of Our Lady in Antwerp
Cathedral of Our Lady in Antwerp

5. Cloth Hall, Ypres

Ypres’ Cloth Hall, a truly enormous building, was leveled entirely during the First World War, but meticulously and accurately rebuilt afterwards. This UNESCO World Heritage Site houses the phenomenal In Flanders Fields Museum, which is an absolute highlight of a visit to the Flanders Fields region. You can combine a museum visit with a climb to the top of the cloth hall’s 70-meter-tall tower.

Observation towers in Belgium: Belfry and cloth hall in Ypres
Belfry and cloth hall in Ypres

6. Atomium, Brussels

One of the architectural symbols and a relatively recent example of the observation towers of Belgium, the Atomium isn’t a tower per se, but it can be climbed and offers exceptional views of Brussels. Built for the 1958 World Expo, this remarkable structure consists of nine huge spheres connected by 3-meter-wide tubes. It represents an iron crystal that is magnified 165 billion times, which at the time reflected technological progress and the atomic age.

Observation towers in Belgium Atomium

7. Yser Tower, Diksmuide

The Yser Tower, situated in the heart of Flanders Fields, a region famous for its World War I battles, is a memorial tower commemorating Belgian, and particularly Flemish, soldiers who were killed on the Yser Front. It is a significant monument for the Flemish movement within Belgium and houses a museum about Flemish emancipation. The views over the fields of Flanders are nothing short of exceptional.

Observation towers in Belgium: Yser Tower
Yser Tower

8. St. Gummarus’ Tower, Lier

The less-visited town of Lier has its fair share of attractions, including two UNESCO World Heritage Sites—a belfry and a béguinage. St. Gummarus’ Tower, a part of St. Gummarus’ Church, is not world heritage, but it is definitely worthy of a visit. 296 steps lead to the top of this imposing tower, which offers memorable views of the town and the valley of the Nete River beyond.

Observation towers in Belgium: St. Gummarus' Tower, Lier
St. Gummarus’ Tower

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Bram is a Belgian guy who's currently living in the USA. For over four years now, he has been wandering the globe, with jobs here and there in between. So far, his travels have taken him to four continents and twenty-two countries. Bram likes to try different styles of travelling: from backpacker and adventurer to tourist and local, he has been all those stereotypes and probably will be many more in the future. You can follow his adventures on his travel blog, on Twitter and on Facebook.

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