After the old church burnt down in 1916 they built the Adventskerk in 1920-1922, the design was by architect Kuijper. Although the interior of the church is sober, the copper lamps and the colorful glasstained windows are nice to see.The organ is from G.F. Steinmeijer, 1923 . The pulpit is made of oak and there are six figures on it. A bit of...more
Behind the Adventskerk you will find a small chapel. It is the familygrave of the de Smeth family. There are 21 familymembers buried here since Theodorus de Smeth died at 17 november 1772. He was a banker from Amsterdam who bought the title "ambachtsheer van Alphen en Rietveld"in 1766. He was first buried in the local church but in 1773 when the...more
Maybe the most beautifull church in Alphen, in the 18th century it was already called the splendour of Rijnland.The church was built in 1663-1665, the architect was Daniël Stalpaert. The funds came from Cornelis de Vlaming. He was a rich and influencual man who bought the title of "ambachtsheer van Oudshoorn". Untill 1918 the village of Oudshoorn...more
In the center of the town once was a jewish cemetery. But as you could read in the previous tip the jewish community was gone after WW II. And in 1963 the graves were not in a good condition. The city council then decided they wanted the space to expand the city with houses and shops. The graves were then opened and the death were reburied in...more
The Remonstrantse kerk is a very small church in a hidden alley in Alphen. I managed to pass the alley 40 years before discovering this special building. The building is special because it is the old jewish synagoge. The synagoge was built in 1896. When during the second world war the jewish community vanished from Alphen the synagoge was first...more
This is Avifauna. A parc specialised in exposing living birds. There is an impressive amount of species of birds living here, from penguins to tropical parrots. The parc is divided in "continents", each section has birds typically for that continent. Main attractions are the tropical garden(exposing the only banana-tree in Holland which actually...more
Windmill de Eendracht was built in 1898 with parts from de Twee Gebroeders (1752) a windmill that was no longer in use in the Zaan area.The windmill is in use as a grindingmill, it was bought by the municipality in the 70´s and is managed by a foundation since.In 1983 a historic diesel engine was restored and placed here. Now the mill is no longer...more
Archeon is an archaeological themepark. In this themepark there are three different areas which all show the life in the netherlands around a certain period. There is an area where houses of the middle ages are showing life in a normal street, a shoemaker, a farmhouse, a monastery, abarber-surgeon and an inn are amongst the buildings.In the roman...more
Avifauna is a birdpark with many different birdspecies on display. Some displays like the lori-landing are hands on displays in which you can feed the birds.Avifauna has a good record in breeding with rare species.For the children there is also a playground with many attractions.Birdpark and playground are open from 09.00 to 18.00. The electric...more
Hoorn 65, , Alphen aan den Rijn, Zuid-Holland 2404
Good for: Couples
Hooftstraat 164B, Alphen aan den Rijn, 2406 GP, The Netherlands
We booked our stay with www.weekendjeweg.nl We only paid 75 euro for 2 nights with breakfast (2...more
Tapas is a hit in our country. It is originally from Spain, but it is catching on fast here.Tapas is a different style of eating, there is no appetiser and no main course. It are all just small dishes. This way you can get a taste of Spain.The restaurant breathes the Spanish atmosphere. And the dishes are good. We ordered a menu, which means we got...more
It is a big restaurant, not full packed. The entrance of the traditional 19th-century building is small and narrow, but when walking through the restaurant, you will arrive at a new-built part, with a lot of light and space, with a view on the garden of the restaurant. There is a good card with a reasonable amount of plates, all are excellent of...more
It is located in "Park Rijnstroom", an old and beautyfull parc. This place has a lot to offer. It's not only a place for your luxurious lunches, but also for excellent dinners and weddings/parties. Over 240 people can be invited.The servants are very good informed and very helpfull, without rushed up. The plates are French/Belgian/Dutch-based and...more
A pleasant place to spend your evening. Every night, except for mondays, this place is open. You can drink a beer, talk with your friends(the music is not too loud), watch television(sportsmatches), play darts. At weekends the dance-hall on the first floor is open. Sometimes there's a band playing. This place has a lot to offer. Everybody is...more
You need to check the website or apply for the mailinglist (by TPG-Post) to see what's happening around in Het Kasteel. Their are a lot of different theme-days in this place, at almost every day of the week:- Concerts- Dance parties (Underground beats)- Hardrock disco (Echoe!)- Seventies/Eighties parties (EasyTune)- Metal parties (TrendKill)- Pub...more
Prinsenhof is a Ski-hut look-a-like place with part-music and a lot of drunk singing kids :-)Choices is a discotheque with r&b music, dance music, and the recommanded "Amsterdams Café".Alle Hens is an ordinairy café. In summer these places also have a terrace at the river Rijn. No sports clothes, no tired jeans. Dress properly! No sportshoes.more
Every year on the third wednesday of september there is a special market in Alphen aan den Rijn. It is called the jaarmarkt (yearmarket), and is the biggest one in our country. The entire centre of town is used to put stalls and there is plenty entertainment.
If you are not into crowds you should avoid this day to go to Alphen, it is the bussiest day of the year. This picture is taken at 10 in the morning, the market just started.........
It all started with a promising story: Archeon would be a place showing you the history of The Netherlands and Alphen aan den Rijn from the agricultural revolution, via the Roman ages untill the middle-ages.
This prestigious project was been introduced in The Netherlands with a lot of publicity. And indeed, short after the opening of the parc I have visited it. It was quite disappointing TO ME. Off course the buildings were very beautyfull and the created landscape was promising. Enough for slowly expanding into a quality park. At that moment there was not much to do there then a bit walking.
Not long after it's opening it became bankrupt and it closed its doors.
Then they made a huge mistake. They decreased the area and the land was been sold for building houses.
Now there IS in fact a nice park with educational value, but it has no possibility to expand anymore. I would have seen the nature there in about 20 years, but there are houses now. The park could have become wonderfull, but now it's small and full-built.
Unique Suggestions: Not really a trap. For adult visitors it is just not a recommandation. For kids it is nice, there are for example stories being told by people dressed like Romans and Stone-aged people.
Students specialised in Archeology and Antropology should also find something of value here.
The Zegersloot is a green area in Alphen aan den Rijn. You can walk there, go to the kids farm, have a game of minigolf, and many more things.
It also is the place in Alphen where you will find the storks nesting in the open.
This is Bospark. As its name says, it's a parc. When the city hall at Burgemeester Visserpark had been completed in 1939, local people in Alphen wanted a parc next to it. As the parc had some sort of forrest-look, people called it Bos(forrest)park.It's a small parc close to the center, there are some schools and residentials for seniors close to...more
This is Park Rijnstroom. It is by far the most beautyful parc in Alphen with a rich history. In past times there was a society called "Martha Stichting". This was a benificial organisation specialised in raising children of all classes.Nowadays these buildings are restyled into a cultural centre and a cinema/theater. Restaurant and party-center...more
Not a must see, but a nice to know:The striking vertical lift bridge at the Gouwesluis over the river Gouwe was built at the end of the 1930s. The Gouwe was broadend to improve the waterconnection between Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Simulair bridges were built in Boskoop and Waddinxveen. During the second world war the bridge was loaded with...more