This silver museum was interesting to visit.
They also have a nice little gift shop with items that are handcrafted there.
The picture is the water tower at the
Tuesday - Saturday
1 PM - 5 PM
Originally there were 40 mills that regulated the waterlevel in this region.
The bearing of the sails of the mills often indicated if there was a cheerful or a sad occasion. This "mill-language" was different from region to region.
This mill was built in the 16th century. It drained the water from the polders "Boenderpas/Bonrepas" and North-Zevender. The water was drained into the river Vlist.
There is a story that the mill got its name because Napoleon Bonaparte had a good meal (Bon Repas) in the mill. However, the name Bonrepas is already found in official papers dating from the 13th century and is more likely to be derived from the name of the polder "Boenderpas" or "Bonrepas".
The Cabauwse Jacobs route, a 14 km long marked hike, passes this mill as well. It is close to Schoonhoven.
The lower part of the tower is from the 15th century, the higher parts are from the 17th and 18th century.
The nave and transcept have been restored between 1925 and 1932.
Olivier van Noort (1558-1627), the first Dutchman who sailed around the world was buried here.
A statue of the first and manually powered mechanical tool for the production of paint and varnish, from the end of the 19th century.
Given to the town of Schoonhoven by the Hasco varnish factory during its 100th anniversary in 1988.
The Potmolen statue is close to the city gate "Veerpoort" and not far from the ferry boat.
Close to the ferry boat of Schoonhoven, the only remaining city gate (of five) of Schoonhoven, once a fortified town, can be found.
It was built in 1601 during the modifications of the fortifications. The room above the gate was used as a house and for a while even as a ward.
Close to the ferry boat of Schoonhoven and next to the city gate "Veerpoort" is the statue of Olivier van Noort. He was the first one to sail with a Dutch fleet around the world from 1596 to 1601.
Olivier van Noort was buried in the St Bartholomeus Church in Schoonhoven.
The statue was reveiled by Pleun van der Lugt, who was the first Dutchman to sail alone and non-stop around the world, in 286 days from 1981-1982.
A visit to Schoonhoven can be combined with a 14 km long (3 to 3.5 hour) and marked hike along a small river and through pasture. This hike includes the beautiful mill Bonrepas, the villages and churches of Polsbroek and Cabauw, and includes an old path used by churchgoers. There are beautiful old (and new) houses and farms along the route.
The hike is called "Cabauwse Jacobs Route", after the Jacobs Church in the village Cabauw and is marked by the Dutch Touring Club ANWB.
Start and finish of the hike are officially in Schoonhoven, e.g. close to the roundabout near the petrol station next to the provincial road N210. Look for small hexagonal signs attached to traffic signs or signposts with "Cabauwse Jacobs route" and two walking cartoons. Do not get mixed up with the cycle route that has the same name! As it is a walk with the same start and finish, you can start anywhere, also in e.g. Polsbroek or Cabauw.
The Tourist Office (VVV) can help you finding the start if necessary, as well as give you information on other routes in the vicinity.
The hike takes you along (see the map among the pictures)
- (1)The windmill "Bonrepas"
- (2) The windmill "de Bachtenaar" (1714)
- The village Polsbroek with its church
- (3) the dyke "Achterkade"
- (4) Middle Mill of Cabauw (1773)
- (5) Kerkepad (Church path) used by churchgoers to walk to the Jacobs Church in Cabauw
- Cabauw and the Jacobs Church
We missed one of the signs in the village Polsbroek, so pay attention to the signs here!
If you want come by public transport, check http://www.9292ov.nl/. If you come by car, park near the ferry boat at the river Lek, address: Buiten de Veerpoort 2, Schoonhoven.
This Watertower was built in 1901 to put pressure on the first waterworks of Schoonhoven.
It was designed by the architect F.A. de Jongh, who also designed the watertowers in Zwijndrecht and Nijkerk.
The tower is 50 m high and has a capacity of 150 m3.
The Watertower now houses a silver gallery and the workshops of three silversmiths.
Opening times are Tuesday-Saturday from 13.00-17.00 and on appointment.
The museum is housed in the old Monastery of St Elisabeth.
In 1627 an arsenal was built here, and the building was a school and warehouse from 1826-1862. In 1862 is was renovated and used as barracks. The garisson left in 1966 and the building houses a museuim since 1978.
Open: Tuesday-Sunday from 12.00-17.00.
Entrance fee: 5 euro, free for children up to 14 years old.
See website for more information and exceptions.
The present building of De Waag was built in 1617, but the weigh-house originates already from the 14th century.
Has been used in the past as a weigh-house to weigh primarily hemp (The Dutch apparently already had an open-minded drug policy centuries ago!).
Now, there is a bar/restaurant in this monumental building.
The townhall was built in 1452 and has been restored in 1775 and 1927-1929.
The carillon was manufactured by A.J. van der Gheyn (Leuven, Belgium) in 1775 and was upgraded from 37 to 50 bells in 1963.
The town hall also houses the tourist information office (VVV).
This STICHTING is located in the WATER-TOWER and is the center of CONTEMPORARY SILVER WORK IN THE NETHERLANDS
Of course it is exciting and surprising to visit this GALLERY.
It is also possible to enjoy A VIDEO PRESENTATION on THE ART OF SILVER....
For more info: visit the VVV, the TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE...Stadhuisstraat 1, 2871 BR Schoonhoven
This museum shows the history of the DUTCH (paper) CUTTING from 1650 till the present day!
For guided tours and demonstrations you have to make reservations in advance, which is understandable.
Do so.....it is so rewarding and add so much to the experience.....
OPEN: Tuesday through Sunday noon - 5PM (reservations for other times can be made.... just call!)
In this GALERIJ is the largest private collection of "DRIE EEUWEN ANTIEK SCHOONHOVEN ZILVER" (3 Centuries of antique SILVER from Schoonhoven) to be admired....
OPEN: Tuesday through Saturday from 10AM - 5 PM
During the summer season also on MONDAYS from 1.30PM - 5PM
For groups of at least 20 persons there is the possibility of guided tours, demonstrations and films but it is necessary to make reservations in advance....
MAIL ADDRESS: Postbus 35 2870 AA Schoonhoven
The HIGHLIGHTS of this collection is the work of designer / painter / master SAM SCHELLINK .
Of course he had to work according to order (at his work) but he also was an extremely creative painter once he was home again.....he must have enjoyed his weekends off and his vacations...
He lived from 1876 - 1958.
The museum shows us his paintings, water-colours and drawings of FLOWERS, BIRDS, DUNE LANDSCAPES AND COWS
OPEN: Monday through Sunday noon - 4 PM