But don’t sweat it … Amersfoort also has many hundreds of years of history; and nowhere is this more evident than at the city center and its alleys and narrow streets. The compact town of Amersfoort is easy to get around, and the ideal place to explore on foot. Amersfoort is The Netherlands, and yet it is a culture unto itself. The area of Amersfoort shows signs of a dwelling ever since the 1000 B.C. The official name Amersfoort is first documented in a deed from the 11th century. Its beautiful legacy of monuments can be admired in the streets to this day. Time to explore it!
We can honestly state that the best way to explore Amersfoort is by foot and the second best way is also by foot! Besides giving you the opportunity to roam the narrow streets and the cozy squares, it is the quickest way too. If you really want to, you can cross the city in approximately 35 minutes. Remember that sometimes it might be quicker (and nicer!) to take a few short-cuts into picturesque alleys and see some amazing canals, instead of following the masses of tourists. Maybe this is easy for us to say as we knew where to go and not like most of the tourists only visited the main sights. But even when your stay is rather short, do try to get away from the crowds and just have a 'look around'. The city center of Amersfoort is simply a perfect place to walk for a few hours and pretending to know where you are.
Most people try to rush Amersfoort on a budget so they end up missing some of the highlights in a whirlwind. The key to seeing Amersfoort is a game plan, you must know what you want to see before getting out. Before we visited Amersfoort we saw on a city map that the huge city of Amersfoort is divided into three main areas to visit:
* The old ancient city center;
* The residential area around the city center;
* The all new part called Vathorst.
When we visited Amersfoort we only stayed for one day, so our decision was quite simple … we decided to visit the area in and around the old and ancient city center. Our hike was beautiful in the old town, where the village is one huge ancient site in which we could walk for quite some time. It was quite strenuous sometimes, but definitely worth while! While most tour guides don't recommend getting lost in the alley´s, this part of Amersfoort is the place to get hopelessly lost for some time. We wondered off through mysterious and steep alleyways leading us away from the crowds. We ended up at the Mondriaan House, the Muurhuizen (Wall Houses) at the south side, De Hof (main square), the beautiful white houses at the Appelmarkt, mazes of backstreets and deserted gardens. The real Amersfoort?
Take time to meander - losing yourself in the maze of alleys, streets and lanes is one of the Amersfoort's principal pleasures. The streets wind and wander with no discernible order or object. After our stroll we rewarded ourselves with a cool glass of beer or wine for our effort! We learned that you won´t do justice to the entire city of Amersfoort whenever you won´t visit other parts than just the main sights. So ... do meander, because the cluster of sights around the main square De Hof (main sights) are truly beautiful, but the more secret pleasures of the hushed backstreets are just entrancing.
When strolling through the heart of the city, one can literally sense its history. The lanes of the old town, which lies directly at the foot of the Sint-Joris Church, communicate the feeling of past ages. Splendid town residences and chapter houses are worthy of closer scrutiny, as are some of the more beautiful facades are hidden discretely behind the canals. Moreover, a few small squares with their lively hustle and bustle are never far away. All this may seem very though as finding your way in Amersfoort might be difficult, but in really distances are short and the signs will help you in getting around. Enjoy!
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If you want to do that, the ScubaSports Shop is what you need to start, from lessons to practice or just equipment rent, this is your place.
Owner is really a fantastic person, and he has a great team with him.
Equipment: You can rent all the necessary equipment directly to the shop, the owner is really a friendly and honest person.
Amersfoort is ideal to be explored on foot or on bicycle.
A walk along the city walls and the old inner canals and alleys is just wonderful.