Dom church and tower, Utrecht
There are quite a few museums you can check out in Utrecht. In fact, you can get a pass good for three days for entrance to all the museums for 30 euro, but the Dom Tower is cool, and it's 6,80 Euro alone. That's quite expensive for the tour, even if there is a tour guide who speaks both Dutch and English. Be prepared for a 465 step walk up to the top.
It can be quite windy and cold in winter, so wear a jacket, hat, and gloves. Don't forget your camera - it's a long walk back down to the bottom to get it.
The views are extraordinary, and in fact, the Dom tower is the highest tower in the Netherlands.
In 1674 there was a disaster in Utrecht that left half of the church in rubble. The tower survived. I've read different accounts of what caused the tragedy. It was either a tornado, or a hurricane. Either way, the tower stands today as a symbol of days gone by.
About 3/4 of the way up you will come to the bell room. The largest bell in the Netherlands sits there, weighing 8,000 kilograms (9,600 pounds). These bells ring out every 15 minutes, and on Saturdays there are "concerts" for all to hear.
I already wrote a tip about this PANDHOF, this oasis of peace and quiet in the heart of busy, buzzing UTRECHT.
I have still one photo that gives a good idea of that special, atmospheric place...
Do enjoy it....
is the very heart of historic UTRECHT!
It has 465 STEPS and its height is 112 metres.
Every hour (daily) there is a DOMTOREN TOUR, you aren't allowed to climb it on your own.....but the guided tour is a very nice one and is more than only going up, panting and moaning the 465 steps......the guid will open doors for you, literally!, and explain lots of things.
The view from upstairs is of course grandiose and impressive!
AN EXTRA: did you know that it is possible to
get MARRIED there in the TOWER???
Their are special TOURS for children, with a movie, something to drink and a snack and of course exciting stories......
In 1505 GEERT VAN WOU founded an impressive 'GELUI" for this DOM TOWER.
It consisted of 13 matching bells......
In the year 1664 7 (the smallest ones) had to be sold to raise funds for the HERMONIJ carillon.....
In 1982 the DOM TOWER "celebrated" its 600th Birthday and on this occasion the 'GELUI" was made complete again: and now there are 13 perfect bells, that can ring eardeafening in jubilance or sombre and dark in times of sadness!
All in all there are some 100 "ringing-bells", of which 20 are MEDIEVAL ones.
So Utrecht can proudly say that they are the "bell-ringingers" city of The Netherlands.
The 14 clocks of the Dom Tower weigh....yes, 32,000 km together.........how strong that tower must be!!
ASnd no electromotor here: Noooooooo all bells here are still pulled by ropes and hands......these people are members of HET UTRECHTS KLOKKENLUIDERS GILDE.
SO climb that tower and see those famous bells for yourselves.........
Up you go..........I have already lost count of the times I myself went up there, on my own, with family, friends and....guests!
visit the DOM tower. There are often wonderful exhibitions but the most important thing to do is climb up to the top.
There are guided tours up and you will see a lot and the guide will explain everything e.g. about the bells! Once you are high up, you don't have to climb the last part but I would advise you to do so, you will be thrilled and amazed about the panorama.....the skies......being high above the trivialities of daily life for a short time.....almost in heaven!
RonDom, the information Centre for cultural History, is located right next to the Dom Tower.
It is an exceptionally informative starting point for a visit to the Museum WQuarter.
Here you will find everything you need to know about the places that are worth visiting and about a variety of activities in the M.Q.
Films are shown (free of charge) about UTRECHT and its history and there is also an attractive gift shop!
TICKETS for a CLIMB up the DOM TOWER are available here too!
So....what's keeping you, I wonder???????
You can climb the Domtoren which is with his 112,5 meters the highest tower in the Netherlands.
The tower was build between 1321 and 1382 and was part of the Dom Church. But in 1674 a gale blew the nave to pieces and ever since the tower is completely seperate from the church.
You can visit the tower with a tour guide. The tour takes about an hour. On the way up, there will be stops where the guide will tell about the chapel, the clocks, teh view and much more. On very clear days you can watch over 30 kilomters far! So you can see the Amsterdam Arena and even the church tower of Den Bosch!
And you can get married here too.
You can climb the tower every monday till saturdag from 10 till 16.00 hours
On sundays from 12 till 16.
In summer the tower is openon fridays, saturdays and sundays withthe last tour at 19.00 hours.
Adults 6,80 euro
kids till 12 years 4 euro.
The domtower is the highest church tower in Holland and the symbol of the city. You can climb at the highest gallery (112 metres, 465 steps). We didn't climb the tower this time, but I did a few years before. Wow, it is a lot of steps! But the view is very rewarding.
Inside the domchurch.... I have never been inside before, but during the VT meeting we decided it would be nice to take a look here. I found it quite disappointing though. The church is quite bare, and misses atmosphere. I am mostly impressed by old churches, but not this time.
As I said, the tower of the cathedral can be seen from a greater distance. Head towards the tower and you'll find yourself in the square. Along the square there are some restaurants and terraces in which you can enjoy a drink or your lunch and watch the people passing the cathedral and going under the tower. Yes, there is a passage under, or through, the clock tower of the cathedral.
Utrecht Cathedral and especially its tower is one of the ruling elements of the city.
Even if you find nothing interesting about old churches, you should visit this one. The architecture is QUITE nice, especially inside the church!
The door of the cathedral is also nice, with all the different text in different languages. Makes you first think, that it's also old. But then again, I think it isn't, because of the helicopter and the truck drawn in it.
Go climb up the Dom-tower! Breathtaking!
If needed, there is an opportunity to go by elevator.
The Dom-church and it's surrounding old buildings. Maybe you're up for the climb to the top (many, many stairs) for a magnificent view over Utrecht. Don't forget to watch inside the little courtyard next to the church-mainbuilding. Behind the church in an alley (to the right) you can see the old Mint (building where the first Dutch Guilders were made in 1579).
The most touristic thing to do is climbing the Dom tower!
The Dom is the highest church in the Netherlands and it seems you have a great view of Utrecht when you're up there (I admit: I've never done it!). Afterwards take a walk to the Zadelstraat, there is a little bakery that sells chocolate 'Domtorentjes' . They're good!
The tallest church tower in The Netherlands. It was once magnificant and still is. However, the knave of the cathedral was blown down in the 17th century during strong winds. The cathedral and the bell tower are now seperate but you can see the scars on both halves and imagine what it must have looked like. You can take in the unmissable views of Utrecht from the top of De Dom. If you arn't very fit, just go up the the first viwing floor, the stairs right to the top are very tiring and the view only just better! Entrance is NLG9.95 for adults including a tour and entry to the museum.
”De Dom” is the pride of Utrecht.
The old Domtoren is over 600 years old, and is the highest church tower from the Netherlands. In 1674 a tornado destroyed the middle section that connected the tower with the church. Stones mark the place where the old fundaments use to be.
Anyone who want to go to the 112-meter high top must climb 465 steps. But the view is magnificent and is worth it.
In the Egmond chapel of the church you can see a permanent exhibition or the wealthy history of “de Dom”.