city and former municipality in South Holland, the Netherlands

Schoonhoven is a small town in the Dutch province of South Holland.

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Formerly the town was famous for its silver, hence its nickname Zilverstad ("Silver City"). The town is well worth visiting because of its many well-preserved medieval buildings.

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Walking or using a bike is the easiest way to travel in Schoonhoven. Distances are short, and everything is close to wherever you are.

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145 buildings in the town are listed in the Netherland's Rijksmonument list.

  • 1 Grote of Bartholomeüskerk. A 13th century church.
  • 2 Weeshuis. A former orphanage built in the 19th century.
  • 3 Stadhuis (Town Hall). Originally 15th-century building with 50 bell carillon.
  • 4 Waag (Weigh House). Built in 1617 and extended in 1758. Since 1971 it has housed a restaurant.
  • 5 Nederlands Zilvermuseum (Silver Museum), Kazerneplein 4. Tu-Sa 11.00-17.00, Su 12.00-17.00. €8.
  • 6 Edelambachtshuis (former granary). Now contains a collection of jewelry spanning a few centuries.
  • 7 Watertoren (Water tower). built in 1901, now hosts yet another zilvergalerie.
  • 8 Stadskorenpakhuis. A former 16th century granary.
  • 9 Doelenhuis. 18th century building.
  • 10 Synagoge. A former synagogue — It was built in the 19th-century.
  • 11 Veerpoort. The 17th century gates.

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  • 1 Hotel Belvedère, Lekdijk West 4, +31 182 325222. Located in the historic city centre of Schoonhoven. €80 for a single room, €110 for a double room.
  • 2 Hotel Over de Brug, Ad en Vic Versteeg, Veerlaan 1, 2851 BV, Haastrecht (take Provincialeweg West (N288) from Gouda), +31 182 501210, +31 182 501415. This traditional hotel on the River IJssel, is about 5 km from Gouda, in the small town of Haastrecht. It's an easy cycle to Gouda. There is a pub/restaurant. Free Wi-Fi and parking. Double €67, single €40.

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