Travels in Holland: Utrecht (May 29 & June 2 2014)

Pigeon-eyed view from the top of the Dom Tower, Utrecht, Holland

Pigeon-eyed view from the top of the Dom Tower, Utrecht, Holland

Attractions:

  • Museum Speelklok (May 29)
  • Domkerk and Dom Cathedral (May 29)
  • Dick Bruna Huis [Dick Bruna House] (May 29)
  • Centraal Museum (May 29)
  • Kasteel de Haar [De Haar Castle] (June 2)

The sound of the bell tolls in the air amidst the pattering of the rain. From the nearby Dom Cathedral, the gothic-style Domkerk is an ominous giant of 112 meters reaching into the sky. My father urges us to quickly go to the tourist office to purchase tickets to explore the tower. We manage to get on the last tour. Following our guide, we brave the narrow passage way, past the cavern of bells, and up 465 steps to the top. Despite the rain, we brave the dizzying view of the city below. The fortressed town of Utrecht stretches out miles before us. Another hundred or so steps, we follow our guide to the enormous bell playing station. She shows us the program of songs that are played at the different hours of the day and during holidays. For fun, she gives us a demonstration. We are in awe as the bells chime their melody. The song of Utrecht echoes in our memory.

Utrecht in the rain

Utrecht in the rain

 

In the early morning, we catch the train to Utrecht departing from Centraal Station in Amsterdam. The 20-minute ride takes us past the Dutch countryside to the medieval university town of Utrecht located south of Amsterdam. Stepping off the train, we enter a quaint town of sturdy brown bricks and cobbled streets. Utrecht is the fourth largest city in Holland and is renowned for its university and rich art and design culture.

Tip: At Centraal Station in Amsterdam, you can purchase tickets from the person-operated ticket booth. Just tell them your destination and whether it is roundtrip.

Following the turns of the road and hiding under our umbrellas, we find ourselves outside the Museum Speelkok—known for its vast collection of musical clocks and devices.

Museum Speelklok, Utrecht, Holland

Museum Speelklok, Utrecht, Holland

Organ on wheels, Museum Speelklok, Utrecht, Holland

Organ on wheels, Museum Speelklok, Utrecht, Holland

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