An annual event of our choir is our trip to a museum, a factory or a boattrip on one of our rivers or lakes. This year we chose Leerdam, the Glass City of the Netherlands.
Leerdam population: 20,563 in 2014) is a city and municipality in the western Netherlands, in the province of South Holland.
Leerdam received city rights in 1407. The small river Linge, bordered by beautiful water meadows, defines the atmosphere and tone of the landscape. Several centuries ago Leerdam formed a part of the Vijfheerenlanden domain, before it was raised to the level of County in 1498.
In 1551, Leerdam, together with Acquoy, became property of the House of Orange and part of the County of Holland.
The rich history of Leerdam can be found in well-kept historic buildings such as the Grote Kerk (Great Church), the Hofje van Mevrouw van Aerden (Mrs. Aerden Almshouses, now a museum), the remaining and restored city walls on the Zuidwal and the Oude Raadhuis (Old City Hall).
The restored city walls.
Part of the city walls