If you're physically capable of climbing over 450 steps then this has to be the must do activity in Utrecht. There are several rest stops on the way up; I'm not especially fit but made it without any problems. It's not necessary to climb all the way to appreciate the view however; there is an external gallery that provides views to, if I remember correctly, the east and south, before you climb the final section of stairs. This final section is your typical winding stone staircase that will be familiar to those in the UK like myself who have climbed cathedral towers at home. However unlike the towers in the UK there is no rope fastened to the wall for you to hold onto as you make the descent. Clearly The Netherlands isn't in the grip of Health and Safety in the same way that the UK is! At the top of the tower you are rewarded with fine views of what remains of the body of the cathedral, the Oudegracht, the Willibrordkerk and the rest of Utrecht's lovely historic centre.
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