Oude Kerk (Old Church) is a church located in the red-light district of Amsterdam with origins dating back to the 14th century. Note, the Oudekerkstoren is closed for a long-term restoration.
The Oudekerkstoren (Old Church tower) is open to the public for climbing and gives a good view of the surrounding district. Note, as of 2019 the church tower is temporarily closed for renovation.
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.
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. There is a storage cupboard downstairs to leave any luggage.
The Oudekerk is one of 3 church towers in Amsterdam centre that can be climbed – the others are Westerkerk tower and Zuiderkerk tower.
Oude Kerk Tower Essential Info
|Opening Times||Currently closed for long-term renovation.
Normally open 1300-1900 Mon-Sat between April and October. Tours commence on the hour and half-hour, last tour starts 30 minutes before closing.
|Admission Prices (2020)||€9 (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 €99, contact 2 weeks in advance to arrange.|
|Getting There||The Oudekerk is located in De Wallen (red-light district) a short walk from either Dam Square or Nieuwmarkt. Trams 2/4/11/12/13/14/17/24 all stop at Dam Square, take metro 51/53/54 to Nieuwmarkt or metro 52 to Rokin.|
Oude Kerk Tower, Oudekerksplein 23, 1012 GX Amsterdam
T: +31(0)20 689 2565