Welcome to Naarden
Naarden is a highlight of the Het Gooi woodland area southeast of Amsterdam, thanks to its remarkable fortress, Naarden-Vesting, on its northwest border. A military work of art, it has the shape of a 12-pointed star, with arrowheads at each tip, and a double ring of moats. This defence system, one of the best preserved in the country, was built only after the Spanish massacred the inhabitants in the 16th century. The bastions were staffed by the Dutch army until the 1920s, long after its strategic importance had become moot.
Today the walled town of Naarden-Vesting is an upmarket enclave with fine restaurants, galleries and antique shops.