Huis te Vraag, the hidden treasure

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Once you’re taking a walk in Amsterdam South, more closely the Rijnsburgstraat on the west side of the Schinkel canal, don’t skip a visit to this national heritage site, an old cemetery of the Dutch Reformed Church.

View of the service building from the main entrance pathway in the Huis te Vraag public garden, a national heritage site on the Rijnsburgstraat

Legend has it, that the name (“House to ask”) comes from Maximilian the 1st, Habsburg emperor, who asked the way to Amsterdam at this spot in 1489.

Pathway in the cemetery - Adam Szuly Photography

While the site has been a cemetery since the sixteen hundreds, no funeral has taken place since the 1960s, when the site was declared to be full.

An old grave stone with the text R.I.P in the Huis te Vraag public garden, a national heritage site on the Rijnsburgstraat

Since then, the garden is maintained by a volunteer couple (the Dutch are famous for their community volunteering) and can be visited in the daytime, until 5 PM in the summer and until 4 PM in winter times.

A wooden corner bench on the side of a pathway in the Huis te Vraag public garden, a national heritage site on the Rijnsburgstraat

During my visit that was over an hour on a weekday, I haven’t run into any other visitor and even though it was freezing cold, I don’t think there are huge masses visiting the garden in summer time either. A hidden treasure, a calm getaway spot in the Dutch capital, something that’s worth a visit when you’re in the neighborhood.

Old grave stones on the side of a walkway among trees in the Huis te Vraag public garden, a national heritage site on the Rijnsburgstraat

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