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


Formerly the town was famous for its silver, hence its nickname Zilverstad ("Silver City"). The town is well worth to visit because of 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.


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

  • 1 Grote of Bartholomeüskerk. A 13th century church.
  • 2 Weeshuis. A former orphanage bilt 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 houses 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.






  • 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.


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