Weekly Postcard: Harderwijk

Weekly Postcard / Photo Friday: a weekly post with a picture that I love, of a place that is worth highlighting.

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Weekly Postcard: Harderwijk

Harderwijk is a city in the center of the Netherlands and it’s basically the best city in the world. I know I’m slightly biased, because I was born and raised here, but seriously, it’s a fantastic place. Officially given city rights in the 13th century, Harderwijk was an important city in the late Middle Ages. It used to have a university, with famous graduates like Linnaeus, until it was abolished by Napoleon in the early 19th century.

How to get there

Harderwijk lies at the exact geographical center of the Netherlands. It is easily accessible by both car and train. Car parking is cheap and usually there is plenty of space. By train it takes just over an hour from Amsterdam (change trains at Amersfoort), costing 7.80 – 13.00 EUR.

What to do

– Explore the surrounding. Rent a bike and explore the Veluwe, the biggest forest in the Netherlands. And as Harderwijk is also situated by a lake, when the weather is good you can rent sail boats.

– Go windsurfing. Just south of Harderwijk is Strand Horst (Horst beach), a wind- and kitesurfing paradise. It is possible to rent gear. The wind usually is pretty strong. And the waters are really shallow, making it easy to stand up if you fall down.

– Walk around the picturesque city center and then have a coffee at the new city beach (stadsstrand).

– And of course visit the Dolfinarium, Europe’s largest marine mammal park. A giant tourist trap, but the artificial Lagoon actually is really nice to visit.

Have fun!

– Irina

No rights can be derived from this post. I did my utmost best to ensure that prices and times are correct, yet errors happen and prices change.


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