Guided walking tour through historic Utrecht
From a Roman fortress to the centre of the modern Netherlands; the guided walking tours of Utrecht City Tours talk about it all.
They are very flexible. In the summer of 2010 they offer a tour almost every day, but before that time you can request your own tour if you are with a group. There are three kinds of tours, a short, a regular and a long one. The longest even includes lunch and a backpack to take home!
Very friendly people, very informative tour.Related to:
- Historical Travel
- Study Abroad
- Budget Travel
Cycling routes along Roman border (Limes)
About the Limes (Roman border). Part of it in Germany has become a Unesco World heritage site. But in The Netherlands there is little to see. Utrecht visualised the location of the castellum Traiectum in November 2007 by a broad band of coloured light, near the Dom tower in the middle of the city. I could not find any information about actual excavations though.
Here's an interesting map:
And another: Livius.org
There's a cycling route (in two parts, 45 and 50 kms) following the Limes route near Utrecht.
You can buy the route at the Utrecht Tourist Office (VVV) at the foot of the Dom tower. Which will include links to downloadable vouchers for discounts at various restaurants along the way.
For more information (in Dutch): click here
The 50 km route starts at Utrecht Central station where you can hire bicycles.
The Utrecht Tourist Office (VVV) is open: Mo 12.00-18.00, Tu, We, Fr 10.00-18.00, Th 10.00-20.00, Sa 10.00-17.00, Su 12.00-17.00.Related to:
- Historical Travel
Amersfoort, seen from the water
Although quite an old city Amersfoort is less well known than a lot of other Dutch cities. I don’t just understand, because it is such a nice and pleasant town, which has a lot to offer to visitors.
Perhaps the best way (or at least one of the nicest ways of exploring is by a boat trip. We were very lucky catching one of these warm and sunny September days when we made our boat trip. It was absolutely relaxing on the water, no other traffic, trees with the first (yellow) signs of autumn and great views on the old monumental buildings along the moats and canals.
Quay-walls are full with plants and flowers; the guide told us there are 250 different species, among them several which are on the ‘red list’ of endangered Dutch plants. Must be a bonus when they are flowering !!
We did the so called ‘Westroute’ through a couple of canals around the inner city, passing bridges and water gates. About half way the trip we had to walk (‘klunen’ we say in Dutch) to change into another boat. During this short walk we passed the so called ‘muurhuizen’; these wall houses are typical for Amersfoort and built on the defence wall when it was no longer needed.
There is a volunteer organisation (Stichting Waterlijn) offering several different trips (if you like it you easy could do a couple of them in one day). Be aware they use smaller open boats; best thing is to make sure the weather is appropriate for such a trip. Every boat has two volunteers: one ‘captain’ and a guide who knows almost everything about Amersfoort, not overdone but very informative.
Season of the boat trips: from May1 till the end of October.
There are several different boat trips, some of them are not serviced every day.
Admission: € 4,- for adults for one trip.
See also website.Related to:
- Sailing and Boating
- Historical Travel
Soesterberg - National Militair Museum
The ‘Nationaal Militair Museum’ (NMM), open drom December 2014, is combining two previous army and air force museums. It is located in a huge brand new building on the former airbase Soesterberg. Inside it has two floors and outside are also some planes exhibited.
We visited with our grandson and looking at the number of cars on the parking place, we ere afraid the museum could be overcrowded. But once inside there was no problem at all, because the exhibits do have a lot of space.
The ground floor gives a very good impression of the weapons used by the Dutch army from the Middle Ages till the present times; varying from armors, antique cannons, horse drawn ambulances to armed vehicles and tanks. There is also an amazing number of airplanes and helicopters exhibited.
In the middle of the ground floor is the so called Xplore area, with a lot of interactive activities for children: a real 360-degree F16-simulator, the inside of a tank, the feeling of a pilot and much more. For children there are outside more vehicles to climb and they can try to conquer an assault course.
The first floors houses the ‘Schatkamer’ (Treasury Room) with rooms wit paintings, old uniforms and medals, audiovisual presentations, stories of soldiers and much more. Have to say that we hardly visited this part of the museum, being less interesting for our grandson.
NMM has an Espressobar and a restaurant, where one can have a drink, snack, sandwich or a classic Dutch soldier menu, called ‘Rats, Kuch en Bonen’. There is also a gift shop.
Entrance fee: less than € 10,-, parking is spacious and free
Information and signage are bilingual: Dutch and English
Opening hours and entrance fee: see website
More pictures: http://www.ruudleeuw.com/soesterberg-nmm.htmRelated to:
- Museum Visits
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