My father visited me last week, so I wanted to do something that was special to Utrecht. I haven’t had a chance to climb the Dom Tower, so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to do it.
Pop over to the Tourist Information Office, which is filled with super unique and cute souvenirs! In the back of the shop, you can purchase your ticket for the Dom Tour! The tickets are 9 euro, but you get a discount if you show your Student ID! When you buy your ticket, the cashier will ask if you want to do the tour in English or Dutch. My father and I chose Dutch, but because our group was half Dutch, half English-speaking, our tour guide gave the tour in both! As a group, we climbed the tower and the tour lasted an hour.
Our guide was so knowledgeable and up-beat. He knew so much and was able to answer any questions that we had. I learned so much about not only the Dom, but also about the history of Utrecht and the Dom’s place in its history. On the tour, you get to go almost all the way up to the top of the tower and on the way up, you make a few stops! To get to the top of the tower, you need to be prepared to do a lot of climbing up a spiral staircase. I definitely felt a bit out of shape during the experience!
Once you’ve started your climb, you get to see the private study of the former bishop, which dates back to long before the creation of the United States of America! Further up, you get to see the tower’s bells! You have to mind your head because the bells are so large! One of the bells weighed thousands and thousands of kilograms and was definitely taller than me!
Four hundred and sixty-five steps after we started the climb, I was looking out across the city of Utrecht. From the top, you can see as far as Zeist and even Zuid-Holland, and as close as the buildings right below. On the way back down, we were greeted with shaky legs from the climb before and a little postcard to celebrate our trek up and down the tower.
The Dom Tower is currently undergoing a survey, where they are checking on the tower and assessing what needs to be done during the upcoming renovations. Visitors will still be able to go up in the Dom Tower during the renovations, so you can continue visiting or plan your visit!
I’m really glad that I was able to share this experience with my dad during his visit and I definitely want to go again with some friends so that they can experience it too!I highly recommend it to anyone who is living in or visiting the city!
By Emmi Beuger