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    Useful phone numbers

    by ealgisi Written Jan 5, 2010

    Favorite thing: The most common European emergency number 112 (following Directive 2002/22/EC: Universal Service Directive) and also standard on GSM mobile phones. 112 is used in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom in addition to their other emergency numbers.

    Here are some useful phone numbers that you might need while in Netherlands:

    Formerly 06-11
    Police (non-urgent): 0900-8844

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    Varkensmarkt

    by pieter_jan_v Written Sep 30, 2007
    Amersfoort - Varkensmarkt statue
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    Favorite thing: The square now known as Varkensmarkt (Pigs market) used to be the St. Joostenplaats till 1552. In that year the pigs market was relocated from the Appelplaats to the Varkensmarkt.
    Underneath the Varkensmarkt was the covered Hellegracht (Hell canal).

    In 1984 the "Vrouw en de Zakkendrager" statue by sculpture Marius van Beek made of Sardinian granite was placed at the Varkensmarkt.

    The text DIE TREKKEN DOOR HET WATER, DIE TREKKEN DOOR DE STEEN dates back to the early years of Amersfoort.

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    USEFUL LINKS and Tourist Information

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Sep 30, 2007

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    Amersfoort Tourist Office
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    Favorite thing: TOURIST OFFICE:

    The Amersfoort VVV (Local Tourist Office is located near the train station at:
    Stationsplein 9-11
    3818 LE Amersfoort
    Telephone: 0900 - 112 2364

    USEFUL LINKS:
    Start Page
    City Council
    Amersfoort Your Way
    Daytrip info
    Amersfoort archives

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    Stadswal - City wall

    by pieter_jan_v Written Sep 30, 2007

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    A loop-hole in the Amersfoort City Wall
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    Favorite thing: The remains of the city wall along the stadsring are those of the third wall dating from the 14th century.

    The first wall was an earth wall, later replaced by a stone wall.

    Fondest memory: The special walking path around the city wall.

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    • Castles and Palaces
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    Rock Blocks - Keistad

    by pieter_jan_v Written Sep 30, 2007

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    Canadian Granite at Amersfoort (1975)

    Favorite thing: Amersfoort is known as "Keistad" (Keystone city). This dates back to a bet that was made to pull a heavy 7 ton rock from the moorland into town. Well in 1661 400 inhabitants did the job and celebrated the fact with beer and pretzels.
    In 1672 the whole thing was treated as a foolish act and the rock was burried at the Varkensmarkt.

    In 1903 the feeling was different and the rock was un-earthed.

    From 1953 it's located at the Stadsring, corner Arnhemsestraat.

    In the 1970's City Rock Events are organized yearly and pulling rocks from all over the world is one of the parts of the festivities. Many of these rocks can be seen in the greens of the Stadsring.

    Fondest memory: Rocks.

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    Public Toilets

    by pieter_jan_v Written Sep 30, 2007

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    Amersfoort Train Station Public Toilet

    Favorite thing: Amersfoort is a town with almost no public toilets (like most Dutch cities).

    The best one is the toilet in the train station main hall. Fee 50 Eurocents and there's a cleaning lady present.

    On the station platforms are also toilets, but these are unmanned and look like bank vault. It's very high tech, but very low in people freindlyness. Also 50 Euro cents.

    In the city some of the parking garages have toilets and otherwise the V&D department store (La Place restaurant) is there.

    After closing times of the shops, it's just bars and restaurants you can visit (not just for bathroom usage).

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    Amersfoort Jazz

    by Niekie Updated May 16, 2007
    Room 11 performing

    Favorite thing: Amersfoort hosts the biggest free outdoor Jazzfestival in the Netherlands. Throughout the old city centre there are several stages where you can watch and listen to Dutch and international jazz artists. Even so it is still mostly a local event, which means crowds don't get too big. And as with all good jazz festivals the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. You can meet people of all ages.

    Saterday night always closes with Dutch saxophone legend Hans Dulfer mixing his sax with dj Kikke's dancebeats. You can experience some of their sounds on youtube:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnDskfhNvB8

    This year (2007) the festival took place in the second weekend in May, from friday evening till sunday afternoon.

    Check www.keistadjazz.nl for info.

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    Few words in Dutch

    by ealgisi Written Apr 20, 2007

    Favorite thing: Below few words that you can use while traveling in Holland:

    good morning = goedemorgen
    good afternoon = goedemiddag
    good evening = goedenavond
    see you = tot ziens
    see you soon = tot gauw
    yes = ja
    no = nee
    maybe = misschien
    are you sure? (of it) = ben je daar zeker van?
    of course! = natuurlijk!
    thank you (formal) = dank U wel
    thank you (informal) = dank je wel
    thanks (casual) = bedankt
    please (polite) - also: here you are = alstublieft
    Mr. and Sir = meneer (mijnheer)
    Mrs. and Ma'am = mevrouw
    Miss = juffrouw
    have fun = veel plezier
    happy dreams = welterusten
    bless you = gezondheid!
    have a nice meal = eet smakelijk!
    coffee = koffie
    tea = thee
    milk = melk
    whipped cream = slagroom
    sugar = suiker
    coffee with milk = koffie verkeerd
    bred = brood
    cheese sandwich = broodje kaas
    ham sandwich = broodje ham
    french fries = friet
    sea = zee
    beach = strand
    lake = meer
    bicycle = fiets
    train = trein
    airplane = vliegtuig
    bus = bus
    auto = auto
    departure = vertrek
    arrival = aankomst
    bedroom = slaapkamer
    bed = bed
    pillow = kussen
    blanket = deken
    bath = bad
    bathroom = badkamer
    towel = handdoek
    very good (food) = erg lekker

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    Wander around

    by Nathalie_B Written Jul 4, 2005

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    Somewhere in the center of Amersfoort

    Favorite thing: As I am interested in history of towns and often run to visit all the historical buildings forgetting that not only the featured tourist attractions can be interesting.
    This is how we ended up in one of the residential areas of Amersfoort. Walking from one site to another we had to pass through a neigborhood with a beautiful canal and bridges that lead to people's houses. It almost looked like a countryside. The only difference was the paved road by the canal that reminded us that Amersfoort is not a little place in the woods every time a car drove by.
    This city is truly different and worth exploring every corner.

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    The perfect get-a-way from Amsterdam

    by Pavlik_NL Written Dec 28, 2003

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    This is Amersfoort, just 30 minutes from A'dam

    Favorite thing: Only half an hour by train from Amsterdam and one is in Amersfoort. Every 15 minutes a train leaves to this great place that offers a whole different scenery then Amsterdam, still typically Dutch, but a lot less hectic and crazy then the capitol. Maybe even more Dutch, as you will not be overrun by tourists here.

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    Amersfoort atmosphere, a way to enjoy

    by Pavlik_NL Updated Dec 28, 2003

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    Mirroring churchtower in Amersfoort Canal

    Favorite thing: Amersfoort has just a whole own atmosphere that I cannot compare with any other town. The nearby Utrecht (just twenty kilometres to South-West is much larger and therefor busy and hectic. Amersfoort radiates - even on busy days - a calm and suiting atmosphere.

    Fondest memory: The medieval dressed up people on the marketsquare, that were really into their roles.

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    Grote of Sint Joris kerk

    by nighthawk Updated Sep 3, 2003
    Church Amersfoort

    Favorite thing: Thanks to Olaf_s I now know this is the Great or Saint joris church.
    Strangely enough I did not recognize it, have only seen it from the front after parking our car in it s neighbourhood.
    One day I hope to really visit this church.

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    • Eco-Tourism
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    Where old meets new

    by OlafS Updated Mar 11, 2003

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    Favorite thing: I know few places where modern architecture combines so tastefully with the historic heritage. True, not everything is equally great, not even in Amersfoort, but some examples are so well-designed that Amersfoort is worthy of laudation just for those. The proportions are well-chosen, as well as the materials that are used. I especialy like this one. Reminds of a medieval city-gate, doesn't it? I bet it never won a prize. Most modern architects will ridicule this sort of thing. Not pretentious enough, too modest in a time when high rise is the norm. Well, here was one architect who thought his work should fit in its environment rather than to dwarf it.

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