Naarden

Naarden

Naarden is one of the best-preserved fortified towns in Europe and definitely merits a visit.

It used to be a garrison, a fortified military post where troops were stationed. It was besieged by Spanish, Prussian and French troops several times. Zoom into Naarden on Google Maps and see how the symmetrical fortifications are shaped like a six-point star and have double walls and moats. A footpath and cycle path run along the outer defensive moat. Signposts show the way to all the places of interest and to the VVV tourist information office. Grote kerk (big church) /St. Vitus Church (14th-16th centuries) rises up in the centre of a rectangular grid street plan. The church boasts impressive biblical panel paintings on a wooden barrel vault. In the Renaissance town hall (1601), visitors can enjoy antique furniture and a model of the 17th century fortifications. On Turfpoortstraat 27 stands the Spanish House which was the town hall before 1601. Three memorial plaques remember how 700 citizens of Naarden were assembled in the town hall by Spanish occupiers in 1572 and massacred. Vestingmuseum reveals all the ins and outs of fortifications and fortified towns.