Westerkerk, with its Venetian Gothic architecture, is widely regarded as the largest church in the capital city of Netherlands. It was built during the 17th Century as a Protestant church in Amsterdam, while Westerkerk Tower remains to be its bell tower and the symbol of the city with an old-school charm. If you scale the Westerkerk Tower ranging over 80 meters, you can enjoy panoramic views of the capital city from the balcony of the bell tower. During important days in Amsterdam, the Dutch hang the national flag on its top.
Opening Hours and Visiting Days
The Western Church stays open to the public all the year round, but its bell tower can be visited only from April to October. The church and its tower close on Sundays for visitors, although Westerkerk conducts a religious service on the first day of the week precisely at 10:30 am. If you want to listen to classical music, this church with exceptional acoustics is an ideal venue for concert lovers.
Amsterdam guided tours to the tower are available for visitors during busy tourist seasons, usually in April and May, but you might need to advance book tickets for that. Note that kids below 6 years of age are not allowed to climb the tower, due to safety concerns, of course.
Carillon Concerts of Westerkerk Tower
During each Tuesday at noontime or at 01:00 pm, the said concert on dozens of bells is being played out aloud from the tower. You can listen to that if you are in the area or even a few blocks away; you may be surprised to hear renditions of a popular Beatles composition or something equally enchanting when on private Amsterdam walking tours.
Few Attractions around Western Church
Westerkerk is the final resting place of many famous Dutch people, including painter Rembrandt, who used to live in a nearby area to the church. Inside the Western Church in Amsterdam city, one would also come across an Organ featuring shutters as depicted by the Flemish painter, Gerard de Lairesse.
Tourists would also find Homo Monument here, which takes the shape of a triangle nearby the church or Prinsengracht canal in Amsterdam city. As its name implies, the triangle pays homage to homosexual people, and stands tall to proclaim the Amsterdamian culture.