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Dudok Segwaytour (long version)

This guide tells the story of W.M. Dudok architecture in Hilversum and its influence today.
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 12.427 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly

Overview:  Willem Marinus Dudok was born in 1884 in Amsterdam. Late twenties, he became City Architect of Hilversum. Over five decades Dudok... more »

Tips:  From May 2011 you can rent a Segway at the starting location.
Call +31 (0) 35 201 06 60 for reservations. (min. 3 days in front)

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Points of Interest

1. O4Tours

Location to rent a Segway or Qugo for all kind of tours. Start april 28, 2011. Click on your phone and go! More tours in progress and available soon.

2. Salt and sand bunkers

Here at the Havenstraat (Portstreet) you find the Old Port. The port was constructed in 1876 at the end of the canal and ran from 's-Graveland to Hilversum. The excavated sand was used for the construction of the canals of Amsterdam and as building material for the expansion of Hilversum itself. The old port was in decline after the construction... More

3. Staircase with closure

In 1916 Dudok also built a staircase with closure. The staircase runs from the Old Port 70 steps up and leads to the Bathhouse Avenue. In May 2000 has started transforming the area into city park, this was achieved in 2002.

4. New Bridge former Dogbridge

At the beginning of the Old Port is the New Bridge. Dudok made ​​a design in 1930 to replace the original wooden one from 1843. In 1930 the charged tolls on passers with a dog. Dogs were then often used for pulling carts. Like today, people had to pay extra for it.

5. Bathhouse

The bathhouse was built in 1923 and is also built in the style of 'Amsterdam School'. Note the complete symmetry of the building. At the time, a sewer was not obvious. When people needed a bath they visited a bathhouse ones a week.

6. Bavinckschool

The Bavinchschool was built in 1922 and is highly asymmetric. This contrasts with the Bathhouse further down the street. The small part of the city between Bavinckschool and Bathhouse form a whole. This is because the houses have gabled roofs and Bavinckschool and Bathhouse are flat. In1929, the building was extended with the wing on east side and... More

7. Libary and the first housing complex

This reading room (libary) is part of the first housing complex that Dudok in Hilversum South was built for the workers. The public reading room and the "workers houses were designed and built in the period 1915 to 1919. The public library is also the main gate and the passage of two streets. The houses were built with simple materials and few... More

8. Geraniumschool

The Geranium School dates from 1918. It was the first school built Dudok in Hilversum. The high tower of the school is the highlight of the quarter and a striking landmark. The architecture of the school and homes in this neighborhood is called the 'Amsterdam School'. This style is characterized by varied brickwork, excellent ornaments and wood... More

9. Kastanjevijver (Chestnut Pond)

Built in 1935 for draining rainwater. The ponds in Hilversum were connected to the lowest point of Hilversum, The Laapersveld.

10. Cemetery Zuiderhof

One of the latest designs of Dudok in Hilversum, the very spacious cemetery 'Zuiderhof. A wide avenue left and right gives access to the graves. The auditorium and entry are in sober colors - white and blue-kept. Also a water feature is not lacking. The cemetery is directly in the beautiful 'Hoorneboegse heath.

11. Residence W.M Dudok

Utrechtseweg 71. Design by Dudok for personal occupation in1926.
The building had housed his own private architectural office. Dudok lived here until his death in 1974. The building is painted white after his death and is now back in the old colors. The house next door (No 69) is a design Dudok.

12. Laapersveld and waterpumping station

Pumping station was for rain drainage and sewage from the town of Hilversum. The pumping station was built in the style of the Amsterdam School. The rain water was discharged into the pond and pumped to the Old Port, the dirty water was pumped to the sewage farm to Loosdrechtseweg. The pond is about 1 ha, with two islands. The excavated sand was... More

13. Rembrandtschool

This massive school building was built in 1920. The school has many distinguishing features of the 'Amsterdam School'. Apart from the public since 1920 ULO who was located, was also the trading school. After 1968 the Rembrandt School was a Day and Evening College. From 1999 to 2001, the building has since been restored and is again used as a... More

Breaktime. Use your voucher to drink and eat something at Luno Kitchen. Ask for the Dudok menu.

15. Police station

Kleine Drift 17, build in 1919. The building contained a small waiting room, two cells and a room for bicycles. Also shelter for fire and cycle stretcher. The post was abolished in 1934. In 2008 bought by tenants and copper corporation Dudok Wonen.

16. Princess Beatrix Tunnel

Tunnel rail link from Hilversum to Utrecht and Amersfoort. Year 1938. On both sides of the tunnel a plaque with the arms of Beatrix and the inscription: "Princess Beatrix tunnel. Also on both sides of a plaque with a picture of the situation before and after construction of the tunnel with the lyrics, "1873 by 1938 for high speed separation 's... More

17. Schools Minckelersstraat

On the Minckelersstraat Dudok designed three school buildings. The two remaining schools are now called the Minckelers School. Notest the low windows for the childeren. This school is also more colorful than the other buildings. The playgrounds are safe from the road closed. The composition of the building blocks on the other hand leads to a... More

18. Nassauschool and neighborhood

Dudok designed some 20 schools for the rapidly growing municipality Hilversum. Every school is different. Often they stand in the middle residential area, they rise above the houses (usually with a tower) and have a different architecture than the homes with their brick walls and sloping tiled roofs. For Dudok were schools and social center of the... More

19. Duivenstraat refurbished

The Duivenstraat is a national monument. Here Dudok designed in 1928
housing for people with little money. The houses are very small: a ground floor and a loft. It is now almost impossible to propose that whole families lived. The quality of the Duivenstraat is not so much the house itself, but the ensemble as a whole. The street knows the... More

20. Northern Cemetery

Population growth not only asked for more housing and schools, but also more space for burial. At the Pond, the North Cemetery Berlage (1930), which Dudok sober with a lot of black witdetails it executed. Such as balanced, vertical glass sides. Walking on the tight, yet monumental cemetery, you will find peace and tranquility, also designed by... More

21. Tombstone Familygrave Dudok

Familygrave of Willem Marinus Dudok en his wife.

22. Snelliusschool

In late 1931 Dudok designed the Snelliusschool building. Two years later the building was expanded with the round part. The Snelliusschool over is used as a public high school, and as MAVO Conservatory. Since its restoration in 1999 it is used as office building.

23. Nienke van Hichtumschool (Pigeons School)

The school was built in 1929. Dudok was using for the nursery Expresionistische style and held this additional account users. Especially for the students made ​​Dudok de windows "kindergarten level". The tower of the school proved to be a very attractive nesting birds. Hence the school the nickname "Pigeons School got. In 1997 the building was... More

24. Multatulischool

This school was built in 1930. The Multatuli School in 1996 and renovated in the old colors restored. The Multatuli School is now used as a primary school. Most of the Dudok's schools look like the town hall. They are desinged in the same period and have the same characteristics. Dudok made ​​extensive use of continuous glass and bold for its... More

25. Villa Golestan

Villa on the James Pennweg 19. Design by Dudok in 1952, and in 1953 realized. Built for the Persian princess Fatemah Khanoum the Katschaloff. Hate wanted a house with three wings in a Y shape. This villa is located in the district Trompenberg. In the pictures you see include the old situation before world war II.

26. Town hall

Dudok The route ends at the town hall. One of the newest monuments in Hilversum. The Hall was built in the period 1928 to 1931 to build and is the world famous masterpiece by architect Willem Marinus Dudok. The former director of public works of the city Hilversum used a modern design and the colors of the arms of Hilversum, yellow and blue.

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