|Monthly Pass (local transport)||$108.47|
|Mid range bottle of wine||$6.78|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) outside of centre||$1 508.47|
|Milk (1 liter)||$1.22|
|Local draught beer||$6.10|
Houten is an ancient town in the Utrecht province of the Netherlands that attracts a huge number of tourists all round the year; besides an impressive number of fascinating monuments, the town has a large number of green expanses and parks that are just perfect for adults and children to keep themselves entertained. Located just 53 km away from the international airport at Amsterdam, there are plenty of cheap flights to Houten from all over the world.
History buffs will find Houten a fascinating place; it is possible to see the remains of a Roman building in the city centre where 'Het Oude Dorp', the 1884-constructed Roman Catholic Church and 1563-built Protestant Church still stand. Heemstede Castle, built in 1645, attracts a lot of attention with its beautiful Dutch classicist style of architecture. The fortifications at the Fort at 'T Hemeltje are great for exploring and understanding how the ramparts served to protect the fort from marauders. Discover the surprising flora and fauna in the New Dutch Waterline. The Old Station is a popular sport not only for its beautiful architecture but also for the museum it houses and a cosy tearoom on the terrace.
Houten abounds in recreational areas: the Rietplas is a lake with park, landscaped with beaches, play-area and fishing piers. For the young, there is a beach island, separated from the shore by a pull ferry. You can find nature trail at the Times Camp, next to the playground and the petting zoo. Playwoods New Wulven is great for children who can spend the day engaged in various activities; dragging branches, building huts and playing around the water. A widened spit on the north side of the river Lek, open to the waterfront with a lovely beach, is a great spot for swimming, lounging, sunbathing and sports activities. Play golf in an underwater-themed world at Glow Golf indoor mini golf course; the underwater décor becomes even more incredible with 3-D glasses on. With attractions like these, it is little wonder that more and more tourists are availing the many cheap flights to Houten for a relaxing holiday. The multitude of hotels in Houten is just perfect for that lazy weekend stay.