Haven’t made plans for this month? Looking for something cultural after your sunny beach holiday? If so, good news. On the weekend of the 8th and 9th September, it’s Open Monument Day. Over four thousand special monuments are freely accessible to everyone. Unique tours are also given and special activities with young people in mind are organised, providing the perfect opportunity to refresh your cultural knowledge and to discover places that aren’t normally open to the public.
Monuments in the Netherlands
Always wanted to know how the Romans lived? Maybe you’d like to discover the rooms of a beautiful canal house that’s usually off limits? Castles, stately mansions, intimate farmhouses – there’s something for everyone on Open Monument Day. And, if the weather’s good, don’t forget to bring your picnic basket with you, in case you end up in a beautiful estate where you can relax.
No idea where to start? No problem; we’ve listed a few highlights and, if you request a ride with Uber, you can expect a great day! Don’t forget to estimate the fare of your Uber ride so you can budget accordingly.
Castellum – De Meern
We’ll start in De Meern. There’s a cultural park called Castellum Hoge Woerd, a complete Roman fort in a modern style with a six-metre-high wall. It stands on the spot where Romans once guarded the border and there’s plenty to experience: you can explore the fort, admire archaeological finds, help in the stables, enjoy shows in the open-air theatre and go on a discovery trip in the city garden. There’re also group activities, so be sure to bring your friends.
Winkel van Sinkel – Utrecht
In 1839, the first Winkel van Sinkel store was opened by Anton Sinkel, a German fabrics trader. What started as a simple Amsterdam textile shop quickly grew into a household name throughout the Netherlands. Shops were opened in Leiden, Rotterdam and Leeuwarden, but the beautifully decorated building along the Oudegracht canal in Utrecht will always be the first. In the wharf cellars, coffee, tobacco, sugar and tea were stored and traded. On Saturday 8th September, the shop opens its doors to the public, where you can catch a glimpse of the grandeur and the rich history of both the building and the company. Guided tours are given at 12.00, 14.00 and 16.00, so be on time. Finding a parking spot in the centre of Utrecht can be tricky, so why not save yourself the stress of parking? Request a ride with Uber and you will be dropped off right outside the front door!
Landgoed Eijkenstein – Maartensdijk
Time to leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind and enjoy the wonders of nature. From the terrace of the Winkel van Sinkel, you can already request your Uber to Landgoed Eijkensteijn in Maartensdijk. The estate is part of the Utrecht Hill Ridge and is situated in a beautiful spot on the edge of the forest. Here you can enjoy all the beauty that this estate has to offer. The park behind the mansion was laid out in 1881 in English landscape style. Here you can walk between trees, grass fields and lakes. You can also buy local products in the organic market, so don’t forget to bring your picnic basket.
The summer holidays may be over for another year, but as you can see, there’re still plenty of fun things to do in the Netherlands during Open Monument Day!