If you’re heading off to Utrecht, there’s one sight you definitely mustn’t miss: the 112-metre-tall Dom Tower. If you don’t have a fear of heights, then climb the 465 steps to the top for spectacular views of the city.
The Dom Tower is the pride of Utrecht. Its construction started in 1321, but lack of money postponed completion until 1382. This was not the only misfortune to befall the Dom Church. In 1674 a storm caused the entire central nave to collapse. The tower and the church have remained separate ever since. The area between then is now called the Domplein. If climbing to the top isn’t for you, you can still enjoy the Pandhof, the Dom’s beautiful hidden garden.
Nice to know
Half-way up the Dom Tower, at a height of 49 metres, there are 14 bells, all named individually. The heaviest bell is called Salvator and weighs 8000 kg. Unusually, the bells are still rung by hand. This task is performed by the Utrecht Bellringers Guild.
|Domtoren beklimmen in Utrecht|
|Address:||Domplein 9, Utrecht|
|Open:||only for guided tours (see website for details), ticket shop open Sundays and Mondays from noon to 5pm, Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm|