Amersfoort is situated in the Dutch province of Utrecht, The Netherlands. The local landscape around Amersfoort shows the results of the last ice ages. Like a giant bulldozer the ice pack coming slowly in from the north shoved the sandy earth up into low hills which still can be seen in the landscape.
Amersfoort is situated northeast of the town of Utrecht, and is just 3/4 hours drive away by car from Amsterdam, driving southeast. If you get into my car, it will seat 3 or 4 adults. Amersfoort is a quiet provincial town boasting a number of mediaeval houses and one great mediaeval city gate, the Koppelpoort, shown here. It controlled and secured water traffic and land traffic.
The local history museum is called Flehite. Various historical collections include archaeology. One object of world heritage importance is a wooden wagon wheel manufactured many thousands of years old, and it was miraculously preserved from decay deep within the earth under the water table. Another similar world class object is a prehistoric fish net, preserved in the same way and now exhibited in the Museum of Antiquities, Leiden (Leyden).
One star attraction in Amersfoort are the group of wall houses or 'Muurhuizen', houses built against the 14th century city wall. They are shown here on the far right hand side of this detail of the historic map of Amersfoort by Blaeu. After the town was enlarged this wall became an inner wall and lost its fortification function. These wall parts were then reused as a foundation and were incorporated in construction of new houses. Thus they became part of the inner city architecture.
The town thrived on beer brewing, textiles and tobacco. Commerce was however severely hampered in its growth by poor river connections which made boat transport difficult. As an art historian based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, I can meet you in Amersfoort for a personalized guided tour of art museum and the historic center. Together we will experience the beauty and history.
Enjoy yourself and learn about history while strolling and discussing the country's history, art and culture. In doing so, we may touch many bases - spanning not only fine art and architecture but also the city's history and current social issues. Starting at your hotel I will take you on a wonderful private cultural walking tour of your choice. My guided itinerary offers you accessable informative conversation in English, Dutch, or German (my French and Italian are more limited).
- Please contact me for time and fees of the tailor-made tour you ar interested in
- These tailor made tours are available upon request - please contact me to book a date
- Minimum group size: 1 person
- Maximum group size is limited to about 10 persons
- With a megaphone I can also manage larger groups on the streets.
Generally for small groups of 1-4 persons starting in Amsterdam 70 EUR per hour. Contact me for information on higher amounts with other venues and more people.
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