Climb To New Heights On Top Of The Dom Toren!

Change Your Perspective On Utrecht From The Old Bell Tower

Small Drawn Dom Toren Illustration
ARCHITECTURAL DRAWING
THE DAY TIME DOM
Utrecht’s Crown Jewel Sits On 2000 Years of Dutch History

The famous Dom Toren (Church Tower) has dominated the Utrecht skyline for more than 700 years, a beacon of the town’s religious importance, wealth, and status. It stands atop the remnants of an old Roman fort from 2000 years ago, and parts of the ancient settlement are still visible underneath the landmark (see the DomUnder attraction).

At 112 meters tall, it’s the largest bell tower in The Netherlands and one of the tallest in the world. When it was built in the 1300s, it was attached to Saint Martin’s Cathedral on the main church square, the domplein. In 1674 a rare summer tornado ripped through the nave of the church, somehow leaving the bell tower intact. But the storm created more than 100 tons of debris which took centuries to remove. Since then, the bell tower has been a top attraction for tourists worldwide, including Japanese investors who adopted it for a Dutch Themed Amusement Park near Nagasaki, Japan!

UTRECHT BELLTOWER PANORAMA
ENGRAVED WOODCUT 1654
CHURCH RUINS & DEBRIS
THE DOM AT NIGHT

Guided Tour Ticket Prices

  • Children aged 0 to 3 years : Free.
  • Children aged 4 to 12 years : €8.50.
  • Adults General Admission : €13.50.
  • Seniors (65+) : €8.50.
  • Students (w/ID) : €8.50.
  • Does Not Accept Museumkaart

Open Tuesday to Sunday 10:30 am to 5 pm

Getting There

By Foot or Bike : The museum is a 10-minute walk from Utrecht Centraal or a 5-minute bicycle ride through town.

By Public Transport : The infrequent and small #2 bus leaves from Utrecht Centraal platform ‘A’ twice an hour and stops exactly on the Domplein.

By Car : Street parking is very limited but you can look for metered spaces near the Domplein early in the morning. Best use the Springweg Parking Garage just a short five minute walk from the landmark.

Address: Domplein 9, Utrecht, Netherlands, 3512 JCooooo Phone : 030 236 0010 Web : www.domtoren.nl/en

The Dom Tower climb is among Utrecht’s top attractions, so a trek to the spire is strongly encouraged. Tourists can only explore the landmark in scheduled 75-minute tours, mostly in English. Check the nearby VVV Tourist Center (Domplein #9) or the website for tickets and times. Enthusiastic professional guides walk you through 2000 years of history, from the Roman era to the modern renovation – due for completion in summer 2024.

SCENES FROM INSIDE THE BELL TOWER

Though the stairs and height are intimidating, most people handle them with no problem, even kids! But younger children and bigger families with grandparents may enjoy the ‘Kids Tour’ more. It has simplified explanations and humorous storytelling – without all the climbing. For most, there are enough breaks to distract you with all the interesting stops along the way.

Bells, Bricks & Breathtaking Beauty

For instance, halfway up your ascent you’ll arrive at the medieval belkamer, a collection of 14 ancient swinging church bells. They were cast in the Middle Ages and still heard daily from the Dom. As you go up further, a carillon of 50 more bells presents itself – along with a special keyboard to play them by hand. Altogether that’s more than 32,000 kilograms (70,000 pounds) of cast iron – which is why regular restoration is needed.

Go even higher and the cityscape unfolds beneath you, revealing red-tiled roofs, winding canals, and lush green parks punctuated by busy, cobblestoned streets. From peak to pedestal nearly 100,000 bricks were layed to bring you this far, but keep going!

Once at the top you’re rewarded with a panoramic view of the city and the surrounding countryside. On clear days you can see Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and even the North Sea.

For the able bodied, taking the Domplein Tour is an experience that you will never forget. Plus, the tour gives you a good sense of the landmark’s history and it’s importance to the region, as well as some remarkable photographs to take back home!

THE ANCIENT BELLS OF THE BELKAMER
THE CARILLION OF THE DOM TOREN
THE VIEW FROM THE SPIRE
Dom Toren at night
THE CITY VIEW AT NIGHT

Videos

The video above shows a 2000 year time lapse of the Domplein

Incredible aerial shots of the bell tower in clouds