Admire the world famous City Hall of Hilversum, created by Willem Marinus Dudok. Visit the residential areas and public buildings Dudok designed as the architect of this energetic, expanding city. Note their creative layout and unique details. And, include the Sanatorium Zonnestraal designed by the young architect Jan Duiker. The complex is now nominated for the World Heritage List.
Description of the tour: Dudok and Duiker, famous architects in the garden city of Hilversum
Bike tour • 9:00 – 12:00 am • Group size (2-8) • €95.00 pp
The tour begins and ends at the Hilversum Central Station. There we will arrange your bike (and helmet) hire. After a brief introduction, I will take you past the architectural masterpieces of Dudok and Duiker. We will visit two residential areas developed by Dudok between 1920 and 1930. Next, we will see some of the schools and other public buildings Dudok built as the architect of the municipality of Hilversum. Then we turn to the Zonnestraal Hospital drafted by Jan Duiker for people suffering from tuberculosis. We complete our architecture trip with the famous Raadhuis (City Hall) by Dudok in his romantic cubism style. We can exchange our experiences in one of the old cafes in the centre of Hilversum before returning our bikes.
Pieter has lived with his family in Hilversum for more than 35 years. With a legal background, he worked for most of his career at the Department of Economic Development of the city of Amsterdam. History has always been his hobby. So, some twelve years ago he decided to study history at the universities of Utrecht and Amsterdam. He gained his Master’s Degree Cum Laude. Now he gives lectures and directs excursions on the history of Hilversum and also military history. Pieter is member of the Order of Oranje Nassau for his work of preserving the cultural history of Hilversum.
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