Naarden Travel Guide

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Naarden Things to Do

  • Utrechtse Poort

    The Utrechtse Poort ('Utrecht gate') dates from 1877. It is the only survivor of two gates that once gave access to the fortress, the other being the former Amsterdamse Poort. It's a nice building, a reminder of the time when utility architecture was still meant to be beautiful, long ago.

  • Grootarsenaal

    Grootarsenaal ('great arsenal') is the name of this building from ca. 1688 that lost its military function long ago and now houses a big and expensive furniture shop of Jan de Bouvrie, whose designs are both famous and notorious in the Netherlands, depending on taste.

  • Comeniusmausoleum

    The Czech bishop and pedagogue Jan Amos Komensky, a.k.a. Comenius never set a foot in Naarden. But after he died in Amsterdam in 1670 his body was taken to Naarden and buried in this former chapel, which today is known as the Comeniusmausoleum. Next to it is a museum about the man.

  • Town hall

    The town hall is an attractive building dating from 1601 and one of the nicest examples of the Renaissance-style in the Netherlands. Note the unequal stepped gables.

  • Spanish house

    The Spanish house dates from 1615. It owes its name to its location, as on this place the chapel of the hospital stood, where in 1572 Spanish troops started the massacre of the population of Naarden. The remains of the chapel were later converted into a weighing-house, when the town had been repopulated again..

  • Grote Kerk ('Great Church') part 1

    The reformed Grote Kerk ('Great Church') until the Reformation was known as St. Vitus, like many churches in this area. The church dates from the 15th century and has unique painted wooden vaults. See the next tip.

  • Grote Kerk ('Great Church') part 2

    This is one of those cases where you really MUST go inside the church. Yes, there's a fee, but it's worth it.Most of the church is covered by wooden vaults. Although the Reformation took its toll from the interior of this church, the unique paintings on these vaults have survived, albeit under a thick coat of dirt. Inspired by the work of Albrecht...

  • Old church in Naarden-Vesting

    Grote Kerk or St. VituskerkThe ceiling of this church must be beautiful I am told. On the day I was there, there was a service going on so I didn't want to disturd it. Also it must be possible to climb the tower one must have a great view on the fortifications up there. So try to get up there.

  • Info on the fortifications!

    VestingsmuseumCollectionArchitectureLocal traditional clothingsArms and warCity and areahistoryUniforms/armory In this underground- openairmuseum you'll find casemates, canoncellars and collection historic artifacts. Displays tell you all about the defence of the Netherlands, the Dutch waterline and life in a garrison. Opening hours 2/1 to 1/3 Sun...

  • Tjech history in Holland!

    Comenius MuseumCollectionBooks and art of printingCartograficsRelgious art/EducationPaintings (between 1600 and 1850)City and areahistory There is an exhibition about the life of the Tjech 17th century scientist Jan Amos Comenius (1592-1670). The museum also preserves the mausoleum of Comenius. Opening hours Wed-Sun 12.00-17.00 hrs. Entrance fees€...

  • In remembrance of a massacre!

    Spanish HouseThis house thanks is name of a massacre that occurred here in 1572, when this building was city hall. On decmber 1st of that year 700 inhabitants gathered here to listen to the peace propositions of the Spanish army. As we now know it was a setup of the Spanish to kill all the unarmed inhabitants at once. After that they burned the...

  • A nice example of Dutch Renaissance!

    City HallThe ciyty hall was built in 1601 and is a nice example of Dutch Renaissance.Nowadays the Cityhall is still used for weddings and special occasions. Behind the old cityhall there is a new one. Sadly enough it is not well adapted in the athmosphere of the town.


Naarden Hotels

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  • Nh Naarden

    We arrived from the airport and had booked this hotel without seeing any photos. It was a rainy day...

  • NH Naarden Hotel

    Ysselmeerweg 3 1411 Aa, Naarden, Netherlands

Naarden Restaurants

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    Bordjes: Nice new restaurant in Naarden Vesting

    by Roelofsim Written Dec 22, 2011

    Friendly staff and good food. Since it's opening in 2011 we have become regulars. The Chef previously earned a Michelin star for another restaurant, but now decided to create more of a local thing in Naarden.

    Favorite Dish: I love many things from the menu, so it always is a hard choise. But no matter what I choose, I know it is good. As is the atmosphere/ambiance. Price indication is for a main course and some drinks


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Naarden Transportation

  • Naarden public bus transportation

    Naarden is being served by Connexxion busses:-110 to the Weesp and Bussum train stations-151 to Almere Haven

  • By public transport or by foot

    Take the train to station Bussum-Naarden, then take the bus to Amsterdam and stop in Naarden Vesting. You can also walk, it's not that far, 2 km at the most. Only make sure you take the right path. I took what I believed was a shortcut but what definitely wasn't, and I was exhausted when I finally arrived in the town.

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Naarden Shopping

  • Still hunting records

    My hunt for records goes beyond record stores and fleamarkets. In the Netherlands are many so-called Kringloop shops, that give second hand goods a second life. Electronics are tested and repaired when needed. Other goods are sorted in re-sale and non sale items. This shop is huge and even has a kind of restaurant and a separate shop where goods...

  • The interior is the mirror of one's...

    Het Arsenaal NaardenThe wellknown dutch interior designer Jan des Bouvries has one of his outlets here in Naarden-Vesting.The saying in the title is a matter of saying by Jan des Bouvries. He states that your interior tells a person who they really are.Opening hoursMon 13.00 - 18.00 hrs.Tue - Fri 10.00 - 18.00 hrs.Sat 10.00 - 17.00 hrs.Every first...

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Naarden Off The Beaten Path

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    Nice Playpark for your kids!

    by Roeffie Updated Sep 15, 2003

    Playpark Oud Valkeveen

    Nothing big, nothing special, but a play- and do park for children until 12 yrs. old. No fancy rollercoasters and that kind of attractions. Just plane old simple playing at a reasonable price.

    Speelpark Oud Valkeveen
    Oud Huizerweg 2a
    1411 GZ Naarden

    To reach Playpark Valkeveen by car:
    Follow the Highway A1 (Amersfoort/Amsterdam)
    Turn off the A1 at exit nr.8 (Blaricum/Huizen)
    Follow signs for Huizen
    After about 3,5 km (2nd set of traffic lights) turn left
    Follow the ANWB road signs
    There are plenty of free parking spaces.

    Opening Hours
    29th March - 26th October
    Daily from 10.00 - 17.00 hours
    In July and August
    Daily from 10.00 - 18.00 hours

    Children up to 2 years: free
    From 2 years: € 7,50
    Senior 65+(with o.a.p. pass) € 6.50.

    Playpark Oud Valkeveen

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Naarden General

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  • Naarden Town Hall

    Naarden Town Hall with the characteristic double step roofed facade in Dutch Renaissance style (1601), still the centre of many municipal meetings, weddings and 'cultural activities'. Notice also the small hexagonal tower on the roof.

  • Naarden Town Hall -detail of the facade

    Good example of the Dutch Renaissance style (1601), with a double step roofed facade (too bad my picture shows only part of this facade...). We did not enter but from what I've read elsewhere you will find inside this building wall panelling with oak wood taken from an ancient oak forest, the Gooierbos, that has long since disappeared.

  • Go to the VVV Naarden first for latest...

    VVV NaardenIt is always good to inform yourselve. So go to the TIC or in dutch VVV to get the latest news on events etc.AddressVVV NaardenAdriaan Dortsmanplein 1B1411 RC Naarden-VestingTel. +31 (0)35-69 42 836Fax +31 (0)35-69 43 424E-mail Opening hours:May thru october Mon. thru Fri. 10.00-17.00 hrs.u Sat. 10.00-15.00...


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