Bussum

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Since 2018, Bussum has been my home city. After living in Amsterdam for decades, circumstances forced me to find a new home. Because the house prices in Amsterdam are exploding and an affordable house can no longer be found, I have taken refuge in the village of Bussum. Small but surrounded by the most beautiful nature in every season. A perfect base for walks across heaths and through forests, estates and wet polders.

Bussum itself has many shops, caf├ęs and restaurants. In addition, cities like Amsterdam, Utrecht, Amersfoort and Almere are all within 30 minutes by train. The only disadvantage is that you always have to go home by midnight at the latest …

Some history…

For a long time Bussum was not more than a hamlet situated amongst the heathlands of Het Gooi and was first mentioned in 1306. In this time, Bussum was a large heathland with many small farms, sheep pens and forests as is shown on old maps. Since Bussum is situated near the fortified town Naarden it was governed by Naarden from 1369 onward. In 1470 Bussum was inhabited by about 250 people, which made it the smallest village in Het Gooi.

Bussum became independent from Naarden in 1817, yet it was not until the arrival of a railway line in 1874 that Bussum began to flourish. Two train stations were built in the town, that still exist today: Naarden-Bussum and Bussum Zuid (Dutch for Bussum South), both on the connection between Amsterdam and Hilversum. The stations and the road network fostered the town’s status as a satellite town of Amsterdam, allowing for reverse commute also to Hilversum. From 1898 until 1907, Bussum housed the first Dutch socialist colony after the example of Thoreau’s Walden, set up by the writer and psychiatrist Frederik van Eeden. In 1951, Bussum hosted the first Dutch national TV broadcast and the national TV studios were located there until 1964.

Bussum in postcards and old pictures

Bussum is a relatively young village. Only when the train connection to Amsterdam was established did the village start to grow. It is amazing how the village has changed in these 150 years.

Heather in bloom

Unfortunately a lot of heathland has dried up and it is not the bright purple plain that we would like to see.

Zanderij Cruysbergen & Bussummerheide

Walk from Naarden-Bussum via Zanderij Cruysbergen to the Bussummerheide and via the village back to the station. Enough opportunity for a drink or snack in the last kilometres! Sorry for the quality of the pictures, my telephone obviously had a bad camera day…

From Bussum to Weesp

No photos unfortunately, but still a nice walk. Certainly, handy if there are no trains running between Naardern-Bussum and Weesp. The Naardermeer nature reserve, and two forts on the Vecht river. What else do you want? At Fort Uitermeer you can eat a delicious, but expensive grilled cheese toast by […]

Bantam

From station Naarden-Bussum a walk around the Hilversumse Meent.

Naardermeer

The Naardermeer (Lake Naarden) is one of the oldest private natural parks of the Netherlands. Amsterdam wanted to fill this area with garbage, but now it is a vital refuge for all sorts of birds.