If you’re living in and around Amsterdam and in the mood for a little sightseeing and not travel too far, then Naarden should definitely be at the top of your list of things to do. Getting there is fairly easy – 40-odd-minutes outside of Amsterdam. One train, one bus.
Why visit Naarden?
Naarden is a star-shaped, fortified, quaint, classy little town with beautifully, preserved history dating back to 1300.
The narrow streets and stone walls speak stories. In 1572, King Phillip II of Spain fortified the little town. The towns unique shape made it a meeting point for allied bombers returning to England after raids on Germany and defended the country against attacks from the east.
On our visit, we planned to explore Naarden by foot. If you’re looking for more, you might be pleasantly surprised to know that there are actually quite a few attractions and things to do. The tiny town has the town’s Grote Kerk (among the oldest churches in The Netherlands), cafés, restaurants, shops, wooden vaults, organ concerts, photography exhibitions and the Weegschaal Museum.