De Oldehove
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De Oldehove is an unfinished church tower in the medieval centre of the Dutch city of Leeuwarden. It leans more than the tower of Pisa in Italy. Open for visits from mid April till end of October.
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Jan Willem t
Nijmegen, The Netherlands1,458 contributions
Jan 2020
This very beautiful, old tower is quite leaning, but that also gives it an extra charm. In 1595 the accompanying church collapsed, since then the tower stands alone. When the tower was only ten meters high it already started to subside! The tower can be visited with a local guide.
Written January 21, 2020
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,826 contributions
Jul 2022
Mid 1500s an attempt to build a huge tower in the Frisian capital failed. All what is left, is a robust, but leaning structure. Like in Pisa, the foundation in soft sediment proved to be not good enough.

City planners did a good job in integrating the historic tower in the new square set up. The ensemble (city hall, visitor center, tower, statue, trees) looks fine.
Written December 10, 2022
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Dimitrios K
Leiden, The Netherlands117 contributions
May 2015 • Couples
A challenging and arduous walk to the top is rewarded by a bird's eye view of the whole of Leeuwarden.
Written May 8, 2015
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349Charles25
Alexandria, VA984 contributions
Sep 2019
The town planners have created a large open square in front of the Old Tower which makes it easy to see how much it leans. One can visit inside and climb to the top. The square is on the edge of Leeuwarden and is a short walk to other attractions.
Written December 8, 2019
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arlenemurals
New York City, NY154 contributions
May 2018
The entire town of Leeuwarden was clean, friendly and visually appealing.
Very easy to navigate, we explored this old building with ease.
How interesting to see it leaning, and explore it’s high top.
Written May 11, 2018
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Timothy B
St Martin / St Maarten145 contributions
Jun 2015 • Couples
De Oldehove is a wonderful place to visit if you are into history, architecture, and engineering. You would adore the craftsmanship of the it. They have a presentation before climbing the stairs to the top. Pleas keep in mind this is a historical building so the stairs is not what you may be accustom to. They are narrow and steep. Also, it goes around in circles. The final stairway is kind of low so we had to bend a little to get up. In all, it was a great experience and when you reach the top you have a wonderful view to behold too.
Written June 14, 2015
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thunefeld
Borrego Springs, CA619 contributions
Jun 2014 • Couples
You can't come all the way to Leeuwarden and not stop by. Serious lean! Once you learn to look for these leaning structures in the Netherlands, you see them all over (churches, homes, etc) because so many structures are built on pilings in the mud and after a few years (like De Oldenhove) or 100 years (like the houses and churches) - they begin to take on a real lean.
Written June 2, 2014
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Ronnie L
26 contributions
Aug 2013 • Family
You can climb to the top and you have à nice view over our town.
They play also a film halfway the tower from the history of it .
Written January 14, 2014
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Avidesh
Coventry, UK558 contributions
Oct 2018 • Solo
De Oldehove can be termed 'The leaning tower of Leeuwarden'. The tower, though not spectacular, is still quite an interesting site to see. I believe you have the option of getting to the top for a small fee. Worth a visit if in the area.
Written October 21, 2018
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Meicy
The Netherlands542 contributions
Jan 2018 • Solo
Interesting fact that this tower is also a leaning one besides Pisa Tower in Italy.
I came to visit the city of Leeuwarden in the winter month unfortunately it wasn't open for visit. But the lake in front of it is worth a stroll.
Written January 8, 2018
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