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Oudekerk Tower - Amsterdam View


Oudekerk (Old Church) is a church located in the red-light district of Amsterdam with origins dating back to the 14th century.

The Oudekerkstoren (Old Church tower) is open to the public for climbing and gives a good view of the surrounding district.

To climb the tower you need to take a guided tour (small groups only) which are given by knowledgeable local students who speak excellent English. There are no lifts in the Oudekerk - you will have to climb up narrow spiral staircases and step ladders - so it is not suitable for anyone with mobility issues.

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The tower (including wooden spire) is 67m in height - with the viewing platform at just over the halfway mark. As you go up, you will stop off at different levels where your guide will explain various aspects of the tower - such as the inner wooden structure and the 17th century 47-bell carillon. Note that the viewing platform itself is fairly narrow and moving around is done in single file.

The following Oudekerk panorama looks out to the north-west:

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The Oudekerk is one of 3 church towers in Amsterdam centre that can be climbed - the others are Westerkerk tower and Zuiderkerk tower. There is also the Beurs van Berlage tower in the area.

More info about the Oudekerk which is open to the public and occasionally holds special exhibitions.

Ouderkerk Toren Essential Info

Opening Times: Open 1300-1800 Mon-Sat between April and September. Tours commence on the hour and half-hour, last tour starts 30 minutes before closing.

Admission (2016): €7.50 (minimum age 10 years). There is a separate tower entrance on the western (Warmoestraat) side of the church.. Private group tours (maximum 6 people) are also available year round from €87.50, telephone in advance to arrange.

Getting There: The Oudekerk is located in De Wallen (red-light district) a short walk from either Damrak or Nieuwmarkt.

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Oudekerkstoren, Oudekerksplein, Amsterdam
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