Amersfoort is a city in the Netherlands, located in the Utrecht province about 32 miles from Amsterdam. It is the perfect getaway from the big city, complete with a medieval city center, art galleries and small boutique stores. Family travelers will find one of the best little zoos in the Netherlands, with a dinosaur forest and a “Land of the Giants” section filled with elephants. Get a car for hire in Amersfoort and you can go shopping or visit the art galleries and museums at your own leisure.
Amersfoort is quite proud of its heritage dating back to the town’s charter in the 13th century. The medieval city center is one of the main attractions. The Dino Forest at the zoo is another place for suspending reality and transporting yourself back to a bygone era. Get a car for rent in Amersfoort and let living history enactments take you back in time with. The Burgerweeshuis, an orphanage from the 17th century, is alive and back in business during July and August. The Mannenzaal nursing home from the 16th century is likewise brought back to life for two months every year.
You can start with the Henschotermeer, which is a recreational lake offering a white sand beach. If you want to try some skating or skate-boarding, head for Sk8Park. This is the largest skate park in Europe. The Bosbad outdoor pool allows you to take a dip out in the open forest, geared for fun and adventure with water slides and a dive board. Eem harbor is a good place to charter a boat or sailing yacht and venture out into the river. You might just as well get a boat to explore the canals and waterways.
You can start with a shopping street such as the Krommestraat or Kleine Sint Jansstraat. Those who prefer a more modern shopping experience should head for the Sint Jorisplein. There is a lot more to choose from, including small boutique stores, art galleries and large brand name chains.
If you are coming in from Amsterdam, then you may want to cast your net a bit wider to include other destinations for day trips. Most of the popular tourist hotspots nearby are on or near the coast. Book your car rental in Amersfoort right now and figure out how to squeeze in visits to Almere, Haarlem, The Hague, and Rotterdam. The coastal drive from Haarlem to The Hague might just turn out to be pleasant surprise. Destinations further inland include Utrecht, Apeldoorn, Arnhem, Tilburg, and Eindhoven.
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