Best museums in Gorinchem
The Martyrs of Gorcum, does it sound familiar to you? All kinds of stories about these brave priests are told in the Gorcum Museum. Or does it ring a bell when you hear the name of Hendrick Hamel and his adventures in Korea? Read on and find out what are the best museums/fortresses to discover in Gorinchem and book an overnight stay at Van der Valk Hotel Gorinchem to relax afterwards.
You will find the Gorcums Museum in the beautiful building on the Grote Markt, or the old town hall of Gorinchem. On the second floor you will be immersed in the history of the city from the period of the Middle Ages until now. The battle against the water, the iconic Martyrs of Gorcum, the fortifications and portraits of unknown and famous Gorcumers are conveniently displayed here.
Hendrick Hamel Museum
Hendrick Hamel was a Dutch seafarer of the 17th century, also a national hero in Korea and was born and died in Gorinchem. The Gorcumer survived a terrible storm, was imprisoned for 13 years and 4 months and escaped with 7 mates to Japan from Korea.
Fort Vuren and Fort Altena
Fort Vuren is a tower fort built in 1845 and is part of the Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie, as is Fort Altena. From these forts there are good opportunities for cycling and hiking, take the LAW-Waterline path or the Klompenpad (start near the entrance of the fort) for example. Would you rather explore the surroundings by bike? There are bikes for rent at Fort Vuren for 15 euro per day or rent your bike at Van der Valk Hotel Gorinchem and start the tour on a sporty note!
Exciting fortress island Geofort
Geofort, an exciting fortress island where everything revolves around the earth! Playfully you will learn how big data will be an added value in the future, how a smartphone knows your location and what new energy sources are available. This is truly the place for young and old to explore underground passages, mazes and other interesting (learning) paths.
Fly back to the Toucan
After checking out the museums and discovering the history of Gorinchem, you probably feel like relaxing, so fly back to the Toekan and settle down at the restaurant of Van der Valk Hotel Gorinchem for a refreshing/hot drink or snack.