Since 1382, the icon of Utrecht is the Dom Tower. With its 112 meters it’s the largest church tower in the Netherlands and visible from (almost) wherever you are in the city. The rule is that no building in Utrecht city center can be build higher than Dom Tower. Climb the 495 steps for a marvellous view all over Utrecht and surroundings, whilst listening to interesting stories about the tower and the neighbouring gothic Dom Church.
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Dom Church with peaceful Dom garden
The Dom Church is a medieval cathedral with high arches, copper chandeliers and a big organ. The use of colours – mostly grey, beige and brown – give the church a sober, though impressive, look. Also the stained-glass windows are mainly light, except for two large walls that show a colourful image. Don’t forget to visit the garden. A small, peaceful herbs garden surrounded by low-arched galleries with views on Dom Tower and Dom Church.
DomUnder underneath Domplein
Between Dom Church and Dom Tower is a rather large gap. Here used to be the nave of the cathedral. During a tornado in 1674 this part of the cathedral was destroyed and never rebuild. Currently this area is a square: Domplein.
Did you know you can also have a look below Domplein while getting to know all about the Roman Traiectum? Read further for more on the Romans in Utrecht.
Don’t only enjoy the view on Dom Church from Dom square, but have a small walk via Nieuwegracht and be surprised on how big the church really is (and realise how big it would have been if the nave would still be intact). The streets behind the church are in itself a nice part of the city center to wander through the streets. At least as beautiful as Oudegracht and far less busy.
Hidden courtyard Flora's hof
Another nice spot is Flora’s hof. Standing in front of the Tower and Church you see a historic gateway to this little green oasis full of plants, in the shadow of the cathedral. The benches give the opportunity to enjoy this nice and quite spot right in the middle of a busy part of downtown Utrecht.
Currently Dom Tower is under restauration, therefor it’s in scaffolding. An advantage of the scaffolds is that it’s also possible to visit the top of the tower by elevator.