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Fans of history will immediately feel at home in Amersfoort. The city obtained its city rights in 1259, and the history is still clearly visible in the centre. There are 650 monuments, like the Koppelpoort, the Onze Lieve Vrouwe tower and the Wall Houses, which are all worth the visit. More than a million tourists, both Dutch and from abroad, visit the city annually, who love to visit these historical highlights. Amersfoort is not only famous for its monuments, but also for its art. Did you know, for example, that Amersfoort was the birth place of the famous painter Piet Mondriaan? You can visit the house in which he was born and learn more about the life of the abstract painter in the Mondriaan House. In addition, there are many beautiful museums in Amersfoort, like the National Military Museum, where you can learn about the history of the Dutch army. The Van Gogh Museum and the Kröller-Müller Museum are just 45 minutes away. Amersfoort combines a historical atmosphere with modern shopping comfort. If you are looking for the latest trends, cheap things, accessories for your house or smart gadgets, this is the place to be. With its mix of well-known stores and unique boutiques, shopping in Amersfoort’s centre is a feast for everyone. You can also visit a number of markets in the city centre, like the flea market and the flower market. When you’re done shopping, there are of course plenty of cafes and restaurants where you can have a wonderful dinner or go for drinks.
The city of Amersfoort attracts more than a million visitors per year, both from the Netherlands and abroad, who are amazed by the unique combination of history, modern shops, the water everywhere, the many events and the nature. That’s what makes Amersfoort one of the most versatile cities of the Netherlands.
The squares of Amersfoort harbour many delicious restaurants, but there are many other places throughout the city where you’ll be surprised by the varied culinary offer.
In Amersfoort there are many nice cafes where you can relax after a visit to the historical city centre. Many of these cafes are located at one of the three most populair squares: the Groenmarkt, the Hof and the Lieve Vrouwekerkhof.
Amersfoort is a dynamic city offering plenty of initiatives and festivals. In spring and summer, there’s a wealth of interesting events taking place in and around the city center to wet anyone’s taste buds.
There is plenty to do in Amersfoort in the evening, with fun pubs, bars, cafes and clubs. The offer is big and varied, with various styles of music, DJs and live bands. The nights in Amersfoort are quite long, since most pubs and cafes are open until 4 am.
Amersfoort is the best shopping city of the Netherlands. Shop in the beautiful historical heart of the city with big brands, but also many independent shops. The shops of the city centre are generally open 7 days a week. The opening hours may vary per shop, but here are a few guidelines: Monday: 13:00 – 18:00 Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 09:00 – 18:00 Thursday: 09:00 – 21:00 Saturday: 09:00 – 17:00 Sunday: 12:00 – 17:00
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