Naarden is located in North Holland’s Gooi and Vecht area, to the east of Amsterdam city. Well-known for its star fort grid, resembling a large snowflake from the aerial view, the small Dutch town is one of Europe’s well-preserved fortified towns.
Star-Shaped Town Adjacent to Amsterdam
Naarden forms a part of the historic Amsterdam Defense Line, which is an acres-long ring of fortifications situated around the capital city. With its old town center still encompassed by intricate star-shaped moats as well as stonewalls, Naarden is one of the most stupendous examples of an European fortified town, and an ideally preserved piece of the Netherlands’ defensive history.
Sights and Attractions in Naarden
Those on tours in Amsterdam east enjoy not just Naarden’s one of a kind geography, but also shops, cafes, and other attractions the town is home to. Its Grote Kerk is one of the nation’s oldest churches, housing a series of wooden crypts that are rife with scenes from the Old Testament and the New Testament. Besides, the church hosts organ concerts as well as a bi-annual photography exhibition. You can also explore Weegschaalmuseum in the Dutch city, which is dedicated to weighing and measurement tools.
Also known as the Netherlands Fortress Museum, the Vestingmuseum introduces guests to the important role the Dutch town played in protecting the Netherlands, especially its capital city, against invasion from the east in the bygone era. Explore the Dutch museum when on Amsterdam tours to learn about the history of old Naarden, stroll along ramparts, and get into the museum’s boat for unique views of the Dutch town.
Restaurants and Accommodation in Naarden
The historic fortified town is home to several places to have a meal. Popular places comprise the Restaurant Acquavite, the atmospheric restaurant situated in the historic barracks in the city, and the scenic Arsenaal Restaurants, which is a brasserie and restaurant that spill onto a gorgeous courtyard. In case you would like to spend a night in the area, an array of accommodation is available in hotels, bed and breakfast establishments, and self-catering flats.
How to Reach the Naarden Town from Amsterdam
It takes roughly twenty minutes to reach the Naarden-Bussum railway station from the Amsterdam Centraal Station. On the other hand, the trip to Naarden by car from the capital city of the Netherlands takes around thirty minutes.