|Chicken breasts at the market||$9.09|
|Tennis court rent (1 hour on weekend)||$21.66|
|Imported beer at restaurant||$4.07|
|Local cheese (1kg)||$11.91|
|1 Pair of Nike shoes||$126.07|
|1 Pair of Jeans||$118.49|
Harderwijk, in eastern Netherlands, has many dimensions; a heritage that goes back centuries, amazing recreational facilities, vibrant culture, excellent sports infrastructure and great shopping and eating out. Conveniently served by the international airport at Amsterdam just 74 km distant, there are lots of cheap flights to Harderwijk from all over. With an abundance of excellent hotels in Harderwijk, staying back over the weekend is a great idea.
Harderwijk’s rich heritage is strongly evident; the town wall that protected the settlement from marauders stands strong while in the city center, visitors can see the remains of the once-famous university. The grand mansions of the wealthy traders can be found all over the town. Many of the ancient buildings buzz with activity once more in new forms as restaurants, residences or art galleries. The old shipbuilding yard and Vischpoort Lighthouse have been restored and are working examples of the original grandeur. A conducted walking tour of the town’s heritage monuments is a good way of discovering the city’s eventful past.
The damming of the Zuiderzee that once supplied the city with fresh fish has given birth to aquatic recreational and sports activities with the creation of a freshwater lake, the Flevopolder. There are excellent facilities for sailing, boating and windsurfing in the three marinas that also serve as a popular berth for chartered sailing and motor vessels. Many avail cheap flights to Harderwijk just to enjoy the water sports. The fishing harbour provides a great place for relaxation and every year hosts a mammoth celebration of its days of glory. Children and adults will be enthralled by a visit to the Dolphinarium that is the largest mammal park in Europe; the antics of the dolphins, sea lions and walruses are truly thrilling.
Art and culture are intrinsically woven into the town; there are magnificent examples of public art wrought in diverse materials that express a variety of emotions while cultural vibrancy reaches its peak on May’s last Saturday, the Annual Art and Culture Day when the entire town becomes a theater stage.