This is one of the two small and local history museums in Nieuwegein. It's located in an old farmhouse in the park 'Oudegein', next to the river 'Hollandse IJssel'. The oldest archeological items in this exhibition are about 200.000 years old. A part of the exhibition shows the tools that have been used on this farm for the last two centuries.
The historic society of Nieuwegein also shows several photos of old Nieuwegein. Several times a year this exhibition is replaced.
Outside you'll find a children's farm with rabits, goats, and several other farm animals.
1 April - 30 September: Wed, Sat, Sun, from 14.00h - 17.00h
1 October - 31 March: Sat, Sun, from 14.00h - 16.00h
Once every five years in IJsselstein, which is a small town east of Nieuwegein, the biggest Christmas tree in the world will switch on its lights during Christmas time. With good visibility, this Christmas tree can be seen from a distant of approximately 48 km. The lights will be switched off again by the end of the first week of January.
To do this, the Dutch Nozema (The Netherlands Broadcasting Transmission Company) will place around 120 special lightbulbs on the cables of the "Gerbrandy" Radio/ TV tower in IJsselstein. Nozema held a record in the Guinness Book of Records.
Vreeswijk , my favourite quarter of Nieuwegein. The old part of this town is built on the two quays of a small river (and former lock). There are several bridges, so the town doesn't feel divided by the water. Old houses, bridges and some churches, together with the water, are waiting to be pictured.
Another attraction are the many old ships that have found their home here. Especially around the old shipyard you can spot some nice heritage on the water.
Don’t forget to include a walk on the riverbanks and enjoy the wide view over the rivers and the town of Vianen on the other side. There is also a relative small fortress that can be visited here; Fort Vreeswijk. It's attractive because the water and green area make it a very peaceful place.
Hungry or thirsty? That’s no punishment here. You can choose between a number of nice terraces, pubs and restaurants.
And on a regular basis, several nice events are organised, like Kaarsjesnacht (city lighted by candles), Sinterklaasintocht (Welcome of Saint Nicolas who arrives by ship), markets, a Jazz festival, de Sluizenloop (running event), and more. . .
A small history museum at the fortress in Vreeswijk. Gives you an overview of the history of this part of the city; Vreeswijk. With exhibitions about shipping, living, education, and local entrepreneurs.
Only open at:
april - october: wed + sun from 14.00h - 17.00h
rest of the year, only Sundays, from 14.00h - 17.00h
Jutphaas is another old part of Nieuwegein thas has been incorporated in the municipality of Nieuwegein. Is is located at the banks of the small river 'Hollandse IJssel'; an attractive river for holiday yacht owners.
There is a small castle, which is not open for public, an anchoring place for yachts and several small restaurants and bars.
Don't expect too much, but it's one of the more attractive areas of the city nad for yacht owners probably the most attractive place to stay for the night.
Also have a look at the 'off the beaten track - tip' about the fortress.
Since Nieuwegein is at a crossroad of rivers and canals it's a good place to start your boating holiday. There is one yacht rental in Nieuwegein; Hatenboer.
For larger groups it may even be cheaper to rent a boat and sleep aboard than to book a hotel. Make your calculation!