Flights to Amersfoort
Amersfoort is a beautiful city not far from Amsterdam in the Utrecht province of the central Netherlands. The city centre is wonderfully preserved from medieval times, and is definitely the main attraction of Amersfoort.
The city does not have its own airport, but your flight to Amersfoort will arrive about 46 kilometres away at the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (airport code: AMS) instead. There is a regular shuttle service between the airport and Amersfoort so it is easy to get to. If you fly with Turkish Airlines, you’ll have a connection through Istanbul, while South African Airways transfers once in Cairo. Egyptair makes the same stop-over. Kenya Airways, Lufthansa, Iberia and KLM are further options for a flight to Amersfoort from South Africa.
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The Tourist Attractions of Amersfoort:
What became the city of Amersfoort started life in the 11th century and it was granted city status in 1259. They built a defensive wall that was completed in around 1300, but as the city grew the position of the walls had to be moved and so a second set of defensive walls was built and completed around 1450. Part of the second city walls is now Amersfoort’s most famous landmark, the Koppelpoort, though there are a number of other landmarks from this period in Amersfoort’s history.
The second city wall of Amersfoort was built between 1380 and 1450 and part of this was the Koppelpoort, a large gate that defended both land and water. The turrets, water and arches make this a very photographic landmark, though the original appearance when it was completed in 1425 would have been different. The Koppelpoort was restored and had its appearance changed in 1885, and it has been restored a couple of times since then as well.
The Tower of Our Lady
The Tower of Our Lady, or Onze Lieve Vrouwetoren in Dutch, is another major landmark for Amersfoort. It was originally the tower of church, but the church itself was largely destroyed by an explosion in 1787 and was hence demolished. Today it’s actually the third tallest church tower in the Netherlands and visitors can benefit from the fantastic views over Amersfoort if you climb the 364 steps on a guided tour.
The Muurhuizen (wallhouses) are a third major landmark for Amersfoort. This row of houses marks the spot where the original city walls were sited. The old foundations of that original city wall were used as the foundations for these houses.
Historic Centre of Amersfoort
As well as the three sights mentioned above, the whole of the inner city of Amersfoort offers attractive historic buildings. There are numerous well preserved medieval houses and shops here, making this a great place to wander around admiring the architecture. You’ll also be able to enjoy the canals and bridges that give this city a real yester-year appearance.
When Should You Visit?:
Like much of the rest of the Netherlands Amersfoort has a mild and fairly wet climate. The sunniest and warmest weather can be found in July, though bizarrely this is also one of the wettest months of the year. The average high temperature is 23C, as it also is in August, though August is a little drier. Winters are cool though cloudy and rainy.