Zuiderkerk ("South" church) is one of 3 old church towers in central Amsterdam which you can climb up and get a great panoramic view of the city. NOTE, the Zuiderkerk is closed for a renovation project running December 2014 to March 2017.
The Zuiderkerk church dates from the early 17th century and is located between Nieuwmarkt and Waterlooplein.
The outside viewing platform is at the 35m level and gives some lovely views of the surrounding area - the tower itself is around 75m high including a large spire made from wood.
Entry into the Zuiderkerk toren is by guided tour every 30 minutes - there are no lifts so you will need to climb up stairs and step ladders. On the way up you stop off at different levels and the guide explains about different aspects of the tower - such as the inner wooden structure and the carillon bells. The guides are local students who speak good English.
The following Zuiderkerk panorama looks out west towards central Amsterdam:
The building, no longer in use as a church, is now a city council exhibition space and information centre on urban planning.
Zuiderkerk Toren Essential Info
Opening Times: CLOSED for major renovation, expected reopening in April 2017.
Getting There: In the centre of Amsterdam a short walk from either Nieuwmarkt or Waterlooplein, just off the St Antoniesbreestraat.
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Toren, Zandstraat 17, Amsterdam