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Our most recommended South Holland Churches & Cathedrals

Gouda: Sint-Janskerk Rooftop Walk Entry Ticket

1. Gouda: Sint-Janskerk Rooftop Walk Entry Ticket

Discover the views from the rooftop of the Sint-Janskerk with this attraction ticket in Gouda. Become a part of the city's skyline from this unique position perched atop the longest church in the Netherlands. Show your ticket at the entrance under the down and begin your accent of this Gothic masterpiece. Take the stairs up past a 20-meter tall organ and a conservator's workshop where you can see where the preservation work takes place. Reach the rooftop and capture impressive photos of the tower and the city of Gouda. Stroll over the rooftop which is 123 meters-long with views over the entire town and its surroundings.

Gouda: Entry Ticket to Church of St. John with Audioguide

2. Gouda: Entry Ticket to Church of St. John with Audioguide

Visit the church of St. John in Gouda and discover all its beauty with the help of an audioguide. Watch the sun shine through the 72 world-famous stained-glass windows and mmediately understand what makes St John’s in Gouda so special.  No other church in the world has so much sixteenth-century stained glass. The Gouda Windows, as they are known, are among the supreme achievements of European glass painting. Gaze in awe at the superb colors and rich interplay of light that contribute to the hushed atmosphere in the longest church in the Netherlands.

Gouda: Sint-Janskerk Church & Museum Gouda Admission Tickets

3. Gouda: Sint-Janskerk Church & Museum Gouda Admission Tickets

The venues of this spectacular double exhibition are Museum Gouda and its neighbour, the Church of Saint John, in the monumental city centre of Gouda. This is not only the longest church in the Netherlands, but from April 2022 also the most talked about. Because inside, you say a temporary goodbye to the world as you know it. After leaving the 21st century, you end up in the hustle and bustle of the Church of Saint John around 1570. A feast for all your senses. You come face to face with the wonderful altarpieces that used to be standing there. You also see mystical projections and light that plays tag with the invisible. Above you, the colours of the stained glass flame brightly – almost eighteen hundred square metres in total, a significant part of all sixteenth-century glass in the Netherlands. Your ears hear lost sounds, heavenly music, and the voices of storytellers. They show you the way in the sixteenth century. Your nose discovers incense and the smell of mercy. And your sense of touch? It makes you tingle, because time is tangible here.

Delft: Entrance Ticket for the Old and New Churches

4. Delft: Entrance Ticket for the Old and New Churches

Visit two of the most famous churches in the Netherlands: the 'Oude Kerk' and 'Nieuwe Kerk' of the city of Delft. Both are architectural marvels full of history and stories and can be visited with just one ticket The New Church was completed in 1655. Almost every member of the royal family since the death of William of Orange have been laid to rest here. The church is also known for spectacular architecture, giant pipe organ, and stained-glass windows The Old Church is thought to have been founded in 1246. See its crooked tower, which is 2 meters off-center, and admire its distinctive stained-glass windows. It’s also where you’ll find the graves of famous Dutch people such as the painter Vermeer.

Dordrecht Walking Tour: the Oldest City in the Netherlands

5. Dordrecht Walking Tour: the Oldest City in the Netherlands

Your morning or afternoon in Dordrecht will start at your hotel, river cruise ship or if you travel to Dordrecht from elsewhere at the train station. Set off in a relaxing pace to make sure you really get to see, feel and learn all about this town. The most important sights that your private guide will show are the Groothoofdspoort city gate dating back to the middle ages and situated at the crossing of 3 rivers. Have a close look at the Our sweet lady church with its typical unfinished leaning tower and admire the town hall built in 1383. During the tour you will visit the house van Gijn, a wealthy banker who lived and worked in Dordrecht from 1836 until 1922. The museum offers a view into the life and huge art collection of one of the wealthiest inhabitants of Dordrecht. In its golden age Dordrecht was one of the 6 main towns of Holland. In those days the so called Dordt gable was developed. This gable looks like a standard stepped gable as found anywhere else in the Netherlands, but has some distinctive marks that makes it stand apart. Officially Dordrecht is the oldest ‘city’ of the country. Already in the year 1220, before any other city in the Netherlands, Dordrecht was granted the privilege of city rights. Make sure you do not miss out on the hidden gems of Dordrecht, the patio gardens. After about 3 hours time will come to say goodbye to your local host. You can then take off on your own to discover more about Dordrecht, go shopping in the crowded shopping streets or if you feel like taking a break, sit down on one of the many terraces in Dordrecht.

Rotterdam: The Laurenskerk Entry Ticket and Tower Climb Tour

6. Rotterdam: The Laurenskerk Entry Ticket and Tower Climb Tour

Enter The Laurenskerk, also known as the Church of St. Lawrence, a symbol of the resilience of the people of Rotterdam. Proceed directly to the Laurenskerk tower where you will meet your group. While climbing to the top taking the 300 steps, listen to your passionate guide tell you the story of the tower. Marvel at the carillon of the Hemon company from the 17th century and the associated giant drum on the way. A spectacular view of the Rotterdam skyline awaits you at the top. The climb is very much worth the effort. Continue your visit to the church after the climb and explore this remarkable medieval building that has partially survived the bombing of Rotterdam in 1940. Read about its reconstruction and its classic design in clear contrast with the hyper-modernism of the surrounding architecture.

The Hague: Guided Tower Climb

7. The Hague: Guided Tower Climb

Climb The Hague Tower with your knowledgeable guide who will explain to you the history of this landmark. Revolutions, restorations, wars, the French Occupation, and lightning strikes, The Hague Tower survived it all. With 600 years of history, the Hague Tower is one of the oldest buildings in the city and a landmark for travelers and locals. Christiaan Huygens, Vincent Van Gogh, and even Napoleon climbed this unique tower. It was built in a hexagonal shape to protect it from the sea wind. Climbing the Hague Tower is possible for almost everybody as there are several floors on the way up on which you can rest for a moment. Once you're at the top, you will be able to enjoy panoramic views from the beautiful skyline, Rotterdam, and the sea. After the tour, enjoy a complimentary bottle of water (sparkling or still) that will be waiting for you downstairs. A handout with the English translation of this tour is also available at the ticket center upon request.

Church of Rotterdam: Entry Ticket

8. Church of Rotterdam: Entry Ticket

Explore The Laurenskerk, also known as Church of St. Lawrence, a symbol of the resilience of the people of Rotterdam. Be in awe of the only medieval building that has partially survived the bombing of Rotterdam in 1940 and learn about its reconstruction. Admire The Laurenskerk's classic design which is in sharp contrast with the hyper modern surrounding architecture. Take in the bronze doors of war and peace designed by Italian artist Giacomo Manzù. The door’s panels depict the horrors of war and the joys of peace.  Take a look at the 18th-century brass choir screen, the baptismal font of Hans Petri, the 17th-century tombs of Witte de With, Egbert Kortenaer, and Johan van Brakel. Marvel at the three Marcussen organs – including the largest organ in the Netherlands.

Delft: Private Historical and Cultural Guided Walking Tour

9. Delft: Private Historical and Cultural Guided Walking Tour

See the historical sights of Delft on a guided walking tour in English, German,Dutch, French or Spanish, on this customizable tour. Marvel at the mausoleum of Prince William of Orange, the founding father of the Netherlands. Stroll over the medieval square to the beautiful city town hall in Renaissance style. Let us peek inside and see how justice was spoken here centuries ago. Venture down small alleys to find charming courtyards, cross historic bridges over the numerous canals and find several highlights along the old streets, like the ancient church, the Prince´s Court, the beguinage, the only remaining historical windmill and the best hidden court of Delft: the court of Almonde. Walk into the paintings of legendary Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer, on this guided walking tour through the artist's hometown and visit the places where his masterpieces were set. Delft is famous for 1 other thing, aside from its connection to Vermeer and William of Orange: Delft Blue pottery. Learn about its origins and see a master painter at work in one of the pottery places in town.

Private Sightseeing Tour from Amsterdam to The Hague & Delft

10. Private Sightseeing Tour from Amsterdam to The Hague & Delft

Start your sightseeing tour in a relaxing way with a pickup service at your accommodation. After a short meet-and-greet with your driver, you will be taken to your first location, The Hague. The Hague is an important city in the Netherlands, home to some of its most important buildings. The Hague plays host to the Dutch government and parliament. You can also see the embassies, the international court and criminal court, the Peace Palace and the International Court of Justice just to name a few. Your tour guide will acquaint you with this very important place.  For a change of scenery, your guide will take you to the Mauritshuis to witness the famous artwork within. This gallery is home to classic Dutch artists such as Vermeer, Rembrandt and Jan Steen among others. The gallery predominantly contains classics from the golden age but contains a wide variety of exhibitions.  After experiencing culture and art in The Hague, the tour continues in Delft. Delft is a city near The Hague, known for its Delftware pottery. You can view this blue with white handmade pottery in the Royal Delft museum to experience something uniquely Dutch.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 40 reviews

Great to walk in the gutter again after 40 years to see Gouda from above. Definitely a must to do with panoramic views over the landscapes. A day full of childhood memories of my father who worked on the restoration of the St Jan in the 1970s and my grandparents.

Very good and interesting tour with a very nice guide! Climbing the tower was really worth it, was very informative and at the end you could enjoy the great view. Thanks very much!

Wonderful combination of the cartons (real and replicas) with the audio tour. And all this for free with the museum card.

Nice view, perfect information with regard to the building and town. This is a perfect hour on a trip to the hague!

Really very nice to go up And the volunteers are great In short, highly recommended