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Utrecht is not just Utrecht! Search for cheap air tickets to Amersfoort and discover central Netherlands’ medieval gem and one of the country’s oldest cities. Holding a strategic and idyllic location east of Utrecht, Amersfoort is a modern city with a medieval heart, exquisite Gothic architecture, beautiful scenery and a long historic and artistic heritage that’s forever marked the city’s personality and style. Book your flights and accommodation in Amersfoort and get ready to explore the magnificent second largest city in the Province of Utrecht!
Amersfoort is located in the Province of Utrecht, in central Netherlands, sharing borders with Gelderland. A beautiful old city, Amersfoort never fails to impress with its extraordinary medieval charm.
Amersfoort was first inhabited in the 10th century, but didn’t gain the city status until later, in the 13th century.
Today you can still spot traces of the old town; ruins and buildings that have survived since the Middle Ages, fairy-tale fortifications and dreamy canals. Restaurants, hotels and a fine collection of museums await you, in the most idyllic backdrop you’ve ever imagined.
Your stay in Amersfoort will definitely be an unforgettable one!
Amersfoort is served by the airport of Amsterdam (Luchthaven Schiphol) is located 63 kilometres southeast of the city centre and can be reached by train.
Getting around Amersfoort
You can get around Amersfoort using the city’s bus network (10 lines). Fares start from 1.80€ and minimum taxi fare costs 2.60€.
Your acquaintance with Amersfoort begins at the medieval district which comprises the historic core of the city. The first fortifications were laid back in 1300 and, by 1380, the fast growth of the city led to the need of further extension. As a result, in 1450 a second line of walls was built around the first one.
The newer houses built after the city was extended, were named Muurhuizen (Houses on the Wall) and are, in fact, built in the space between the two walls! Many of the Muurhuizen have survived and you can still see them today.
Head to the central square of medieval Amersfoort, the De Hof square, that’s surrounded by many historic buildings, starting from the Church of Saint George (Sint-Joriskerk). The church was built in 1243 and went through a series of events that led to damages, destruction and subsequent restorations.
In 1370 the church was burnt down and, until 1534 it had received such great damage, that in had to be rebuilt from scratch. But it didn’t end there; the restoration was followed by a succession of three iconoclastic attacks that demolished much of the church’s religious art treasures.
Today the church remains in a fairly good condition, boasting a graceful Gothic – Romanesque façade and an interior with rich and elegant decorations.
Continue to a place of both religious and architectural interest; the Onze Lieve Vrouwetoren (Tower of Our Lady) is Amersfoort’s most recognisable landmark and the third tallest tower in the Netherlands!
The 98.33-metre-tall Onze Lieve Vrouwetoren is the only surviving part of the original church built on the site in the 15th century, that was brought down by a gunpowder explosion in the 18th century.
Climb up the 360 steps that lead to the top of the tower and you’ll be rewarded with magnificent views of the city.
Heading to the modern part of Amersfoort, your first stop is the Mondriaanhuis, birthplace of grand Dutch artist Pieter Mondriaan, co-founder of the modernist De Stijl movement.
The Mondriaanhuis now serves as a museum dedicated to the life and work of the artist, with special focus on his priceless artistic heritage to humanity.
Finally, don’t miss out on paying a visit to the Varkensmarkt square, to see the monumental and awe-inspiring “De Amersfoortse Kei”.
The gigantic 9-ton glacial erratic – a rock transferred by the flow of a glacier, indicating its passage in a specific region – was found in a nearby town, brought by a Scandinavian glacier. In 1661, the locals carried it to the city centre – with their bare hands!
The official language of Amersfoort is Dutch, but English, French and German are also widely spoken.