“From the People of the Netherlands to the People of the United States.”
To show gratitude to the United States for the support during and after World War II, the people of Netherlands came together to raise funds to commission a bell tower, the Netherlands Carillon.
The open steel tower stands tall at 127′ and features 50 hanging bells that vary in size which play various American patriotic tunes at set times. The tower is guarded by two bronze lions at the base and is surrounded by lush flowerbeds full of colorful tulips at spring.
Located along the George Washington Memorial Parkway near the Arlington National Cemetery, the Carillon symbolizes a lasting friendship between the people of the Netherlands and those of the United States. The Carillon’s peaceful setting and the shade of the tower provides a perfect place for a picnic as you listen to the music of the bells. There are also guest artists performing concerts on summer Saturdays.
The Netherlands Carillon is open to the public all year round from 6am to midnight. However, if you want to hear a computer generated playing of the bells, the best time to visit is either 12 pm or 6 pm.
To get to the Netherlands Carillon, you can either drive from route 110 N or S, or walk from Arlington National Cemetery, the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, or use the Rosslyn metro.
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