Harderwijk has a nice swimmingpool. There is a playground and there is a large slide. Look at the website for actual opening hours. It is very easy to reach by bike.
Travel directions: Travel directions
It’s also possible to swim in lake ‘Veluwe’. Especially at ‘Horst’ it is very nice. Here you also can wind surfing and kite surfing.
Urk is a nice little authentic fishing village on the former Zuiderzee, Now IJsselmeer. Many people are still walking in traditional costume. A similar village is Volendam. This is a bit more touristy and a bit further away from Harderwijk. Urk is 45 minute drive from Harderwijk. It is very worthwhile to watch it. Urk combines well with Schokland.
Travel directions: Travel directions Urk
The Batavia is one of the showpieces of Batavialand! Imagine yourself back in the 17th century and step aboard the reconstruction of this beautiful VOC ship. Our guides tell stories about the journey of the Batavia with passion.
The reconstruction of the VOC-ship ‘The Batavia’
The reconstruction of the Batavia was an initiative of shipbuilding master Willem Vos. The construction started in 1985, in which Willem Vos led in an inspiring way a changing group of youngsters and the entire construction of the ship. Starting points were an authentic rebuilding, using original materials and a method of construction in the traditional way. The ship is entirely made of Danish oak and is decorated with several hundred hand-carved statues and ornaments. Also rigging and artillery were reconstructed.
On April 7, 1995, Queen Beatrix christened this ship ‘Batavia’, after which it was set up. Since then, the Batavia can be visited every day in Lelystad.
About the Batavia
The original Batavia was built in 1628 on behalf of the Dutch East India Company at the Peperwerf in Amsterdam. It was a return ship, specially designed to take the long trip to and from the Dutch East Indies. However, on June 4, 1629, the ship perished on its first voyage off the coast of Western Australia.
Next to the warf there is the largest outlet mall of the Netherlands: Bataviacity
Route: VOC-ship Batavia
On the washing machine is a bottle of liquid laundry detergent for white laundry and a bottle of liquid laundry detergent for colored laundry.
Pull out the white tray at the left of the machine. The detergent goes into the leftmost compartment. Turn the switch to 40°C (colored laundry) or 60°C (white laundry). If necessary, Delay the start time by clicking the gray button nextright of the display (with a clock sign). Click on start.
The Kinderdijk is a bit further away (one hour away), but is definitely worth driving! The small village of Kinderdijk has 19 windmills and attracts tourists from all over the world. The mills were built around 1740. In 1997 Unesco put the area on the World Heritage List of cultural-historical objects.
In one day you can very well combine Kinderdijk with the popular and modern city Rotterdam.
Travel directions: Kinderdijk
Story of a rich culture
The Zuiderzee Museum in Enkhuizen revives the stories of people who once lived on the shores of the Zuiderzee. See, hear, taste and smell everyday life around the Zuiderzee as it was before the Afsluitdijk (IJsselmeer Barrier Dam) changed the sea into the IJsselmeer in 1932. The Zuiderzee Museum is oriented toward the history, the current situation and the future of this area. It focuses upon the themes of water, crafts and communities. This story is visualized in the Outdoor Museum with historical buildings, and in the Indoor Museum with thematic exhibitions.
The Museum ferry carries you across the IJsselmeer to the Outdoor Museum where you can take a walk through history. The open-air section covers 15 acres and accommodates authentic buildings from the former Zuiderzee region, such as a church, a fish-curing shed, a mill, a cheese warehouse, shops and dwelling houses from the surrounding fishing villages. You can help craftspeople in the Marker harbour making nets, produce a rope at the rope-maker’s workplace, give the housemaid a hand, or enter into a conversation with the ‘inhabitants’ from the former island of Urk. A number of presentations offer a modern interpretation of traditional crafts, materials and themes.
The Indoor Museum is the treasure chamber of the Zuiderzee. Temporary exhibitions display the rich collection of the Museum. For example the exhibition Journey around the Zuiderzee presents highlights of the collection and personal stories of life in villages around the former Zuiderzee. The Indoor Museum also has the largest collection of wooden ships in the Netherlands. These historical wooden ships belong to the most extraordinary items in the Museum’s collection. With history, photography, traditional costume, design and an attractive and educational family exhibition, the Indoor Museum offers something for everyone.
If you come to the zoo at Amersfoort, you will experience a day full of animals and adventure. You hear, see and feel everything during your visit.
Do you hear the dinosaurs roar from afar? In the DinoBos live 75 lifelike dinosaurs of which several roar or move! Also the various monkeys, lions and impressive elephants sometimes make themselves heard. If you visit the area ‘Night’, you can unexpectedly encounter nocturnal animals.
From very close
At the zoo Amersfoort you can see all animals from very close. There is often nothing more than a glass wall between you and the animals. The long giraffes on the Savannah stand at the same height and therefor you can look straight into their big eyes. In the City of Antiquity you can see crocodiles, baboons and the impressive tigers.
Route: dierenpark Amersfoort
Go to one of the beautiful museums, or take a cruise on the canals. It is best to park at a car park on the outskirts of the city. One of these car parks is called ‘The Transferium’. At ‘the Transferium’ you can park for €8 all day. For the whole family, a free return on public transport to the city center (up to a maximum of 5 people) is included in this price.
Tariff Public transport
To travel further to the center, you must buy a P + R GVB card at the blue vending machines (1 per person, maximum 5 pieces per car). You can also travel further with your own public transport chip card.
A P + R GVB card for max 1-2 persons costs € 5.00, for each person more (up to max. 5 persons per car) € 0.90 per person extra. You can pay by debit card and credit card.
PS: Upon return, it will be checked whether your last check-in has taken place on the return trip to the P + R location in the central area. If your last check-in was at a public transport stop outside the center area, you pay the ‘normal’ parking fee