Amersfoort Off The Beaten Path

  • Muurhuizen in Amersfoort.
    Muurhuizen in Amersfoort.
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  • A nice detail at one of the Muurhuizen.
    A nice detail at one of the Muurhuizen.
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  • Where the city wall used to be at the Muurhuizen.
    Where the city wall used to be at the...
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    Muurhuizen - Literally embedded.

    by Jerelis Written Sep 17, 2013
    View at the Wall Houses in Amersfoort.

    Amersfoort is an ideal city for a unplanned stroll, since one of its most impressive attributes is the fantastic architecture that is everywhere in the city center. Even the most spontaneous travel, however, should be sure to include some of Amersfoort's most treasured monuments on his or her route. Chief of these is the Muurhuizen, a series of houses that are literally embedded into the first city wall from the late 13th century. The wall – and the houses it contains – encircle the historic core of the city.

    Seeing the first Muurhuizen at the south side of the city center gave us a good impression of the beauty of the houses. Be sure to walk through the street that is actually called Muurhuizen. This street is situated at the north part of the city center. At this part you will even find some more beautiful examples of these particular houses. Like we said: kind of a hidden gem, but once you know about it, you will definitely admire them! Have fun!

    Address: Muurhuizen, Amersfoort.
    Directions: Just outside the city center along the canals.

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    Muurhuizen - So called Wall Houses.

    by Jerelis Written Sep 17, 2013
    Where the city wall used to be at the Muurhuizen.

    Like I wrote before, we saw the so-called Wall Houses at the first time at the south side of the old city center. These houses are built on the first and former city walls, which of course is the explanation for the name of these beautiful houses. This first defensive wall, made out of brick, was finished around 1300. Soon after, the need for enlargement of the city became apparent. Around 1830 the construction of a new wall was begun and completed in 1450. The famous Koppelpoort is part of this second wall. The first wall was demolished and houses were built in its place.

    Today the street called Muurhuizen is the exact location of the first defensive wall. Nice detail is that the front facades of the houses are built on top of the first city wall’s foundations. We saw Muurhuizen in all kind of different shapes and sizes, but all of them just spread this amazing historical beauty we simply loved.

    Address: Muurhuizen, Amersfoort.
    Directions: Just outside the city center along the canals.

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    Muurhuizen - Well hidden gem.

    by Jerelis Written Sep 17, 2013
    Muurhuizen in Amersfoort.
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    Our experience about old ancient cities is that there is always a well hidden gem you don’t know about in advance. For example when we travelled to Narbonne in France and when we were on the main square Place de l'Hôtel de Ville, we heard someone saying “There is something hidden underneath this city”. This person was quite right as a native France woman reply was that we sat upon a square, which was build on of one of the most ancient roads of all France, the so called Via Domitia. It is always great fun to discover beautiful and historical hidden places like this.

    In Amersfoort this is not different. During our hike along the beautiful canals we already passed the so called “Muurhuizen” (Wall Houses) without even knowing its special meaning. Later on we saw the Muurhuizen again at the other part of the old city center and by that time we started to ask some questions about it to the locals and they were willing to tell something about this beautiful phenomenon. It’s a great story!

    Address: Muurhuizen, Amersfoort.
    Directions: Just outside the city center along the canals.

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    Cavalry Museum

    by OlafS Updated Oct 14, 2004

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    Amersfoort: cavalry museum

    If you're interested in military history this museum is for you. The history of the Dutch cavalry is illustrated by a well-presented collection of uniforms, pictures, arms etc. Outside are several tanks and armoured vehicles, often in rather bad shape, while in the seperate Landsverk-hall (named after a Swedish armoured car) some of the more delicate of these beasts of steel are preserved under better conditions.

    Location: Bernardkazerne. It's about fifteen minutes walking from the station. Go to the right.

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    Buildings - For a while the Amersfoort city hall

    by Pavlik_NL Written Dec 28, 2003
    Graceful ornaments around door of Cohen's house

    Built by one of the richer tabacco traders in Amersfoort and ment for his son (Benjamin Cohen), this house on the outer canal side was the cityhall of Amersfoort from 1818 until 1974. The building originates from 1780 and has inside some perfect examples of Louis XVI interiors that have stand the test of time.

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    Cityscape - The beauty along the canals

    by Pavlik_NL Written Dec 28, 2003
    Amersfoort offers very photogenic places

    Parts of the centre of Amersfoort belong to the most pictoresc in The Netherlands. Like the Havikshoek, which used to be the artist's as well as trade quarter and in medieval times. Here was the small harbour and thus an important place, water transport was by far the most used. The small houses that are mirroring in the canalwater are the highlight in this scenery.

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    Building - Only "Beiaard"school in the Netherlands

    by Pavlik_NL Written Dec 28, 2003
    Here it is in a modest house: the

    The country that is so proud of it's carrillions (bells/clocks within churchtowers or other public buildings). The sound of these bells playing belongs to Holland and without it a great tradition would fade away. One would there for expect maybe more "Beiaard" schools (a "Beiaard" is the one who plays the bells on a large organ like instrument that connects to the bells with cables and wires). Amersfoort is the town in NL that has the only school for this work and maybe the fact that many tunes that one hears around the hours now-a-days are automised. Within the Lowlands (incl. Belgium) there are two of these schools. The other one you'll find in Mechelen.

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    Churches - Sint Aegten chapel

    by Pavlik_NL Written Dec 28, 2003
    The chapel is recognised on it's graceful spear

    This small chapel can be found near the "Koppelpoort" and is one of the many monuments in Amersfoort that dates back to the late medieval centuries. It is well-known for it's acoustics and there for now-a-days used a lot as small concert hall (225 visitors maximum). Theater "De Flint" is organising this quite personal musical events, that are worth visiting when you are there.

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    Buildings - Brewery the three rings

    by Pavlik_NL Updated Dec 27, 2003
    The traditional brewery the Three Rings

    Amersfoort has always been a beer town. In the 13th century many breweries were exporting enormous amounts to - for example - Amsterdam. There is one brewery left from this great tradition and it is still working the traditional way. Visit the Three Rings brewery (Kleine Spui, near the Koppelpoort) and learn everything about the art of making beer. Of course tasting is involved and the assortiment can be taken home. The shop offers great (giftwrapped) packages.

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    Museum - the Mondriaan house

    by Pavlik_NL Written Dec 27, 2003

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    Peaking through the canal and green: Mondriaanhuis

    This house was the place where the famous Dutch painter Piet Mondriaan was born. He lived here from 1872 until 1880, when his family moved to "Winterswijk". A foundation has created the building into a small museum that shows some of Mondriaans abstract-symetrical paintings, that were quite modern for their time and age.

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    Churches - the Lutherian church

    by Pavlik_NL Updated Dec 27, 2003
    To the right of the house, the Lutherian church

    A sparkling white builing within the shoppingstreets of Amersfoort (next to an equally impressive old house) shows on top a small tower. It resambles a churchtower but on it's peak a wind pointer is made in the image of a swan. Immediately you can assume that this is the Lutherian church, as this religion choose the swan (in stead of the rooster) as symbol on top of their churches.

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  • Visit an original (small) river.

    by beukenroode Written Jul 20, 2003

    The "Heiligenberger beek" is situated in a very green area reaching the old town center by the "Monnickendam" gate. It looks like a park streching from the woods south of the city right to the center. Best seen by boot.

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  • war history

    by rudibr Written Apr 2, 2003
    kamp amersfoort

    this is not the most "fun" part of amersfoort.

    we have a "transitcamp" that was used by the germans in worldwar 2.
    transitcamp isn't the correct name because there where executions taking place.
    its not fun. its not big. but it is something to see and experience and never forget

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