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More than 139,000 inhabitants make Amersfoort the second largest city in the Netherlands. The city has a total area of about 64 square kilometres and is located in the province of Utrecht.
The region around the present city of Amersfoort was already settled around the year 1000 BC. In 1259 AD, Amersfoort was granted city rights.
At that time the town had already grown into an important trading place. The convenient location at the port of Spakenburg ensured that Amersfoort gained importance in the fish trade.
History and present of Amersfoort
In addition, the location proved extremely profitable in another respect, as trade travellers between Holland and the Hanseatic cities inevitably crossed Amersfoort, contributing to the economic development of the town.
Today, the economy in this city is focused on services and retail. As a motorway and railway junction, Amersfoort has excellent accessibility by train or car.
Sights and leisure in Amersfoort
The numerous sights contribute to making Amersfoort an extremely popular tourist destination.
For example, the medieval city centre, the Armando Museum and the Flehite Museum of Local History are among the city’s must-see destinations. The tallest church tower in the Netherlands from the Middle Ages, the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwetoren, is also located here.
The “Dierenpark Amersfoort” is a popular destination, especially for families with children. This zoo is located about two kilometers from the Amersfoort in the middle of a forest.
The zoo is home to an impressive array of birds, reptiles and mammals, as well as a huge range of leisure activities for the whole family. Amersfoort guarantees a varied and interesting stay for nature lovers, culture buffs and history buffs.