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“Beautiful Church with helpful guides”
Review of Dom Tower

Dom Tower
Ranked #2 of 110 things to do in Utrecht
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed 3 December 2010

I visited the Domkerk again on my most recent visit to Holland. This time I was lucky, as I got to meet with one of the very informative English speaking guides, who was able to answer all of my questions about the Church, and made my visit here that much more special and interesting.

Some of the things that I learned were that, first of all, this Church was originally built in the 14th century. It was built at the exact center of where the city of Utrecht originated almost 2,000 years ago. The Church and Cathedral were connected for hundreds of years, with the shape of a cross (as seen from the sky) but a rare 1674 tornado ripped out the middle of the building, and it was never replaced.

In the center of the building is a lovely formal garden, which is known as a parterre. This particular style of garden originated in the Renaissance period, and the garden has various herb beds which are edged in stone, surrounded by gravel paths.

As you walk around the Church, as you look to the floor, you will see many etched stones, which are the burial places of various Saints and holy men. During the latter part of the 16th century, Protestantism took over much of Holland, and all of the faces of the statutes inside of this Roman Catholic Church were defaced, and they remain this way today.

We were lucky enough to be there while there was a choir practice going on, and the acoustics were lovely. There is a very nice cafe attached to the church, and we sat for a cup of tea, and we were again lucky that the man that was giving us the tour was also on his break and sat with us and gave us even more information about the church. A very nice man and a very nice group of people work here.

We did not climb the Domtoren, so I cannot comment about that. This is definitely worth a stop if you are in Utrecht, which I would highly recommend anyway.

7  Thank MiouMiou
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Reviewed 16 March 2009

I visited the Dom Tower this past week. I patiently waited outside the entrance which faces Dom Square (the area between the Domkerk and Domtoren) waiting for the opening hour of 12:00 pm. Shortly thereafter, a guide and a tour group showed up, and she began to let them in. I asked if I needed to be part of the group, and she said yes, entry is by tours only. I should buy my tour ticket at the tourist office (VVV) around the corner. Since visitors must be led in by guides, do not expect for the door to be open during the times posted online or on the sign. Despite the initial confusion, I purchased a ticket, and a woman from the VVV quickly led me back to the Dom Tower to join the group. My suggestion is when touring Utrecht, stop at the VVV in the morning and inquire about the hours for Dom Tower tours. You may then purchase a ticket for a certain time, ensuring you will be ready to join the tour.

Note: Handbags and backpacks are not allowed in the tower, but the VVV office has small lockers free of charge for your belongings. The lockers are not large enough for packs larger than a daypack, so plan accordingly.

This hour-long tour was great, delivered in both Dutch and English. The tour guide was friendly and could answer quite technical questions about the structure and history (in Dutch and English). The views are fantastic on a clear day! This is a must-see for Utrecht!

7  Thank Yank0306
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Reviewed 6 May 2006

I was born in a little town near Utrecht and I think it was almost 20 years ago when I 'did' the DomTower.

Today (saturday 6 may 2006) we decided to take the 465 steps to the top. It's still amazing how beautifull Utrecht is. You can see the whole city and watch the people enjoying shopping or relaxing on a terrace.
For only 7,50 euro you can do the 1 hour tour which gives you a nice idea about the history of the Dom tower & church.

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