2. Climb the Naarden tower of the Grote Kerk
Enjoy the view of the Naarden landscape from the top of the Naarden tower. Together with a guide from Vereniging Vestingstad Naarden, you climb more than 200 steps of the tower to enjoy a beautiful view of Naarden and the entire Gooi region.
During the ascent, two stops are made so that the guides can tell visitors about the construction and history of the church and tower and there is also a short visit to the clock room.
3. Go for a historic boat cruise with Vestingvaart Naarden
Vestingvaart Naarden was founded in 2005 on the initiative of a group of enthusiasts who wanted to spread the history and beauty of their unique fortified town of Naarden in many ways. From the beginning, many volunteers have been working to make the sailing, organisation and maintenance possible. Vestingvaart Naarden is not a big organisation; the proceeds from the cruises are mainly used to cover the costs of taking care of their boats. For Vestingvaart, above all, the pleasure of boating and enjoying Naarden’s nature and history in a relaxed atmosphere is all that matters. Vestingvaart Naarden currently has two historic ships with room for 20 passengers + skipper and a visit to Naarden is not complete without a boat cruise with Vestingvaart. Tickets can be bought on the Vestingvaart Naarden website Geleloods.nl. Tickets cost € 7,- for persons older than 13 years, € 5,- for children between the ages of 4 – 12 years and free for children below 3 years.
1404 AN Bussum
Tel: (06) 18271436
E-mail: [email protected]
Note: At Vestingvaart Naarden, the boating season starts on the 31st of March and ends 30th of September every year.
4. Take part in ‘The Police’ (Live Action Role Playing Game)
The Police is a live game scenario about moral choices and responsibility in extreme circumstances, inspired by Dutch history (especially in WWII). The live action role-playing game takes place in the Vesting Museum and is about the ambiguity of the police units in the Netherlands during the Second World War. The Nazis needed the Dutch police for law enforcement and a lot of police officers had to choose between helping them or joining the resistance. Sadly, lots of police officers choose to help the Nazis in tracking down and deporting Jews. In order to effectively use the Dutch police, the SS General in charge of the police in the Netherlands had to train the officers in National Socialist ideology. This happened at the police school in Schalkhaar near Deventer. The name Schalkhaarder would still stand for ‘bad’ police officers many years after the war.
In this game, all the participants play recruits at a “police school”. They do not know much about each other and the aim is to see what kind of choices they will be making.
Note: Please make enquiries about this game and the ticket price at the Vesting Museum.
5. Go get a walk around the old town
Don’t forget to bring your walking shoes! The walk is 17 kilometres long. The Naardermeer consists of large ponds such as the Groote Meer and the Wijde Blik. Around it is slushy meadows with shallow puddles. Numerous birds come there to brood and find food! If you like birds, you should definitely visit the Naardermeer.
You can walk 3.5 kilometres around the city and each time, you see something different and before you know it, you are back at your starting point. Of course, you can also walk through the fortress itself. At the VVV (in the Utrechtse Poort) you can buy a map with a detailed description of how to do this walk. It is also possible to do the walk with a guide and experienced guides can tell you all about the history of our beautiful fortress city.
6. Go for a drink and some food in the old town
For good food and drinks in Naarden, there are plenty of options- from star chefs in monumental buildings to cosy restaurants. Naarden may be small but the town boasts of a large number of places to eat, drink and relax. Despite the fact that nightlife is not exactly “bubbly”, it is always possible to have a nice beer or wine in the various cafes in the fortress. Discover the old town by drinking in some of the old bars and also tasting the local food.
7. Go shopping in the old town
Naarden Fortress is ideal for a pleasant day of shopping. All the streets and alleys in the Naarden Fortress are easy to walk in and there is a wide range of shops. From clothing stores to bakeries and cookie shops to estate agents, almost everything can be found in this beautiful fortified town. Walk through the beautifully decorated main street or get lost in many of the small alleys. There is always something unique to find even though most of the most interesting shops are located in and around the main street.