More cities where you can en­joy the Dutch Golden Age

Timeless Travels Magazine - - THE NETHERLANDS -

MID­DEL­BURG

This city was the sec­ond ma­jor city of the East In­dia Com­pany af­ter Am­s­ter­dam and un­til the end of the 16th cen­tury, Mid­del­burg was the largest com­mer­cial city in the Nether­lands with an ex­ten­sive wine in­dus­try. A com­pact city with many 16 & 17th cen­tury build­ings and cob­bled streets, it is easy to feel like you're back in the Dutch Golden Age.

DORDRECHT

Dordrecht holds the old­est city rights and its Golden Age started in the 14th cen­tury when it was the cen­tre of trade and govern­ment in the Hol­land re­gion. The first assem­bly of the free states was held in Dordrecht in 1572, which marked the start of the in­de­pen­dent repub­lic of The Nether­lands. The city was the birth­place of many Dutch Masters and Rem­brandt pupils, such as Ael­bert Cuyp, Ni­co­laes Maes, and Ferdinand Bol. Many of their works can be found in Dordrecht's Mu­seum col­lec­tion.

DELFT

Delft­ware epit­o­mises Dutch pros­per­ity in the Golden Age and it is vis­i­ble through­out the city – there is even one fac­tory that orig­i­nated in the Golden Age that is still in pro­duc­tion to­day pro­duc­ing Royal Delft. One of the Golden Age's most fa­mous pain­ters, Jo­hannes Ver­meer came from Delft and there are many build­ings, such as the City Hall, Mu­seum Prin­sen­hof Delft, Old and New Church and his­toric squares that date to this time.

HAARLEM

Home to one of the most well-known Dutch masters, Frans Hals, Haarlem wel­comed many mi­grants at the start of the Golden Age, which led to eco­nomic growth and a fast-grow­ing de­mand for art and paint­ings. The Frans Hals Mu­seum of­fers ex­cep­tion­ally high-qual­ity rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the en­tire spec­trum of 16th and 17th cen­tury paint­ing.

AM­S­TER­DAM

The city emerged as one of the world’s most im­por­tant cen­tres of trade in the 17th cen­tury. With trade came wealth, and a blos­som­ing of arts and sci­ence. Am­s­ter­dam be­came a cul­tural hub and is still one 500 years later. Don’t miss the Golden Age col­lec­tion in the Ri­jksmu­seum, Rem­brandt’s house and the many other Golden Age at­trac­tions of the city.

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