Schoonhoven Travel Guide

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Schoonhoven Things to Do

  • Zilvergalerie de Watertoren

    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 museum ....Museum Hours:Tuesday - Saturday 1 PM - 5 PM

  • Klokkenmuseum

    This Clock Museum is well worth visiting.It is located in the same building as the Silver Museum.Museum Hours: Tuesday - Saturday / 1 PM - 5 PM

  • Mill "Bonrepas"

    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....

  • St Bartholomeus Church

    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.

  • Potmolen statue

    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.

  • City Gate "Veerpoort"

    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.

  • Statue of Olivier van Noort

    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...

  • Hike in the vicinity of Schoonhoven

    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...

  • Watertower

    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...

  • Gold, Silver and Clocks Museum

    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...

  • Weigh-house De Waag

    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.

  • Town Hall and Tourist Office (VVV)

    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...


    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 is so rewarding and add so much to the experience..... OPEN: Tuesday through Sunday noon - 5PM (reservations for other times can be made.... just...


    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,...


    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,...


    Here an exclusive collection of DUTCH gold and silver is housed, dating back to the 17th Century.You can see very old sliversmiths' workshops and e.g. a very atmospheric interior of a jeweler's shop dating from 1920.There is also a UNIQUE collection / presentation of HALL MARKS ....there even are some FRAUD HALL MARKS.....You will get a...


    This statue of an apprentice silver-, goldsmith is in the very heart of this little town.Each year young and less young people leave this place being fully-qualified artists....They follow in their predecessors' footprints and are amazingly skillful......


Schoonhoven Restaurants

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    De Arendshoeve (Eagle's Farm) hotel restaurant: Simple is perfect

    by TaberTouch Written Nov 16, 2013

    Who knew broiled goat cheese on brown bread over mixed greens could be so delicious ad so filling? And that was just the starter! The serene surroundings and views of the gardens added to the enjoyment of the food and company.

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Schoonhoven Shopping

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    The Dump Store: Fabulous buys in Schoonhoven

    by junglemcll Written May 24, 2007

    Just off the main square in this lovely village we discovered a "DUMP" shop. In the States, we call them second hand stores. All kinds of collectibles, paitings, jugs, mugs, glassware, nicknacks, delft, pottery. etc. you get the picture. There are several around town. The second "Dump"shop is only a few steps from the silver museum. we were in Holland for a month and got most of our souveniers there.

    What to buy: all items were really nice. Everything is in these shops from antiques to little nick nacks that you never knew existed.

    What to pay: from 25 cents to 5 euros

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