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Review of Dom Tower

Dom Tower
Ranked #2 of 100 things to do in Utrecht
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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“It's big!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2014

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.

Visited May 2014
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“Emblematic Tower”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2014

Utrecht is a wonderful example of a Dutch city with it beautiful town centre and its lovely buildings and streets. Dom Tower which is visible from everywhere is the heart of Utrecht. A visit here is a must. Have a snack or a drink sitting in one of the cafes nearby and enjoy the beauty of the Tower from afar.

Visited April 2014
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“The Tallest Tower in Netherlands”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2014

One our day trip to Utrecht from Amsterdam we visited The Dom Tower. We were told that this is the tallest tower in the Netherlands.

If you are in Utrecht, you must visit visit this magnificent tower and go up the tower. You can get tickets from the tourist office at the bottom of the tower. There are guided tours, but we a group of 5 decided to go up on our own.

there are 465 steps to the top, but you can stop at various levels including where the bells are. And also where the clock is. The clock is also an amzing thing to see.

The climb is very steep and steps are narrow and if you have a bit of vertigo be warned! This is not the place for you.

We were there on a sunny day, so could get some very good pictures of the City from the top of the tower. There are no elevators up the tower so if you have heart condition or if you are sick or disabled then never try this. Sorry.

Visited April 2014
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“Amazing views - you must do this tower if you are in Utrecht”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2014

The Dom Tower is the tallest tower in the Netherlands, it is the pinnacle of Utrecht. If you visit this magnificent city, you have to go up this tower. You can get tickets from the tourist information centre at the bottom of the tower for 9 Euros. Tours go every hour and is spoken in Dutch then English. For other languages, Italian Spanish etc, they will give you a translated leaflet.

It is 465 steps to the top, but you stop at various levels including where the huge bells are. When you get to the top, my god it is high so if you have a bit of vertigo be warned! The guide leaves you for about 15 minutes to take it all in and get some photos. I went on 19th April on a gorgeous day and got these photos. There are no elevators up the tower so if you have heart condition or disabled then sorry but you probably cannot do this attraction - the stairs are steep and narrow, and tiring.

The views are staggering and we could just about see Amsterdam. In terms of finding the Dom, you cannot miss it. What I did was find a car park, parked my car, and "oh there is the dom" and just walked through the streets in the direction of the Dom and there it was! If you have never been to the Netherlands, I would advise not to go to Amsterdam, just go to Utrecht - it is much better, less tourists, no need to worry about pickpockets. This is a beautiful city and everyone speaks English. But the Dom Tower - you have to do if you are here. Og forgot to say, you cannot take bags, but the tourist information has lockers for free where you can put your bags

Visited April 2014
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“Must-do in Utrecht”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2014

Be sure to sign up for the Dom Tower at the VVV Tourist Info Center. It's among the restaurants and cafes that surround the tower. Without the tour (cost: 9 euros), you wouldn't be able to get into the tower and see the Bishop's office, the bells and the spectacular view of Utrecht at the top. However, you must be quite fit to climb the 465 steps (there are pauses in between, as the guide tells the stories of the rooms). Coughing and heavy breaths are not unusual while the guide is talking. The tour is held in Dutch and English, if there are enough English speaking guests. If there aren't, non-Dutch speakers will be given sheets on their preferred language ranging from German to Japanese.

The one-hour tour starts at the VVV Tourist office. You will be asked to leave your bags and backpacks at the free lockers in the office. For tours starting 4PM onwards, your bags will be placed in the lockers at the tower itself since the office closes at 5PM. There are restrooms at the foot of the tower.

After the tour, you will feel you went through a workout and hunger might set in. Fortunately, there are a lot of surprisingly affordable choices around to replace those burned calories. Recommended is the Greek Gyro shop, which offers free tastings. For only 5 euros, you get a hefty gyro, chicken, pork or both.

Visited April 2014
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