Mirjam' s travelguide to Hilversum and surroundings

Mirjam

Mirjam' s travelguide to Hilversum and surroundings

Museum
This museum boast contemporary collections of media art. Yearly the museum hosts the World Press Photo, as second city in the Netherlands. Also exhibitions from renowned photograpers such as Carla van de Puttelaar, William Rutten and Govert de Roos are organized.
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Museum Hilversum
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This museum boast contemporary collections of media art. Yearly the museum hosts the World Press Photo, as second city in the Netherlands. Also exhibitions from renowned photograpers such as Carla van de Puttelaar, William Rutten and Govert de Roos are organized.
The history of Dutch media in 1 beautifully designed museum.
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Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
1 Media Parkboulevard
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The history of Dutch media in 1 beautifully designed museum.
Just 40 minutes from bustling Amsterdam a hidden gem awaits the visitor: Castle-Museum Sypesteyn. Set amidst 12 acres of formal gardens and parkland, the apparently mediaeval castle is the charming result of a young nobleman's dream. Jonkheer Henri van Sypesteyn believed that his ancestral seat had stood on this spot and it was his overriding wish, at the beginning of the last century, to rebuild the castle to honour his family and house and exhibit his impressive collections. Eastern and rare Dutch porcelain, clocks, weapons, and paintings by artists from Holland's Golden Age are among the items on display. He put his expert knowledge of historical gardens into the creation of an estate which seems to step right out of the 16th century; a garden complete with exotic trees, orchard, topiary, maze and small wood, an unexpected oasis. Sypesteyn, Holland's youngest castle, warmly welcomes its visitors to share in Jonkheer Henri's vision. A visit made complete with a tasty snack or meal in the café-restaurant. Sypesteyn is open from March to October, check the website for timetables.
Castle-Museum Sypesteyn
150 Nieuw-Loosdrechtsedijk
Just 40 minutes from bustling Amsterdam a hidden gem awaits the visitor: Castle-Museum Sypesteyn. Set amidst 12 acres of formal gardens and parkland, the apparently mediaeval castle is the charming result of a young nobleman's dream. Jonkheer Henri van Sypesteyn believed that his ancestral seat had stood on this spot and it was his overriding wish, at the beginning of the last century, to rebuild the castle to honour his family and house and exhibit his impressive collections. Eastern and rare Dutch porcelain, clocks, weapons, and paintings by artists from Holland's Golden Age are among the items on display. He put his expert knowledge of historical gardens into the creation of an estate which seems to step right out of the 16th century; a garden complete with exotic trees, orchard, topiary, maze and small wood, an unexpected oasis. Sypesteyn, Holland's youngest castle, warmly welcomes its visitors to share in Jonkheer Henri's vision. A visit made complete with a tasty snack or meal in the café-restaurant. Sypesteyn is open from March to October, check the website for timetables.
Church
KNOW GOD | FIND FREEDOM | DISCOVER PURPOSE | MAKE A DIFFERENCE These are the core values of this international church, part of Celebration Church. Thousand Hills is a life-giving, international church in with a passion to love God, love people and impact lives for Jesus. Dutch service every Sunday at 09:30 English service every Sunday at 11:30
Thousand Hills International Church
148 Neuweg
KNOW GOD | FIND FREEDOM | DISCOVER PURPOSE | MAKE A DIFFERENCE These are the core values of this international church, part of Celebration Church. Thousand Hills is a life-giving, international church in with a passion to love God, love people and impact lives for Jesus. Dutch service every Sunday at 09:30 English service every Sunday at 11:30
The presence in Hilversum of several multinational companies and the existance of 2 international schools (the International Primary School - IPS Violenschool and the International School of Hilversum) meant that there were Catholic, English-speaking men and women as well as families with children who needed religious services in a language they were familiar with. Started 10 years ago, the International Parish of St. Vitus helps bring together families from different countries by celebrating Mass and offering religious instruction to the children. It tries to keep our faith alive even as we move from one job to the next, from one temporary home to another.
Sint Vituskerk
5 Emmastraat
The presence in Hilversum of several multinational companies and the existance of 2 international schools (the International Primary School - IPS Violenschool and the International School of Hilversum) meant that there were Catholic, English-speaking men and women as well as families with children who needed religious services in a language they were familiar with. Started 10 years ago, the International Parish of St. Vitus helps bring together families from different countries by celebrating Mass and offering religious instruction to the children. It tries to keep our faith alive even as we move from one job to the next, from one temporary home to another.
Bar/ restaurant
The rich history of Meddens begins in 1830. The Meddens family came from Groningen. The company was at that time specialised in the manufacture of corsets. After a trip to Paris, Bernard I. Meddens, together with his father, opened a ' herenkleding warehouse ' in the Hoogstraat in Rotterdam on 1 May 1830. Nouveautés from Paris fell in the taste of the Dutch public. In 1899 Meddens opened the second business at a beautiful point in the Haagse Binnenstad, between Lange Pooten and Spuistraat. When Jan Giesbers, a cousin of Meddens, took office in 1923 as director, branches were joined in Amsterdam, Arnhem, Leidschendam and Hilversum. Meddens proved her resilience during the bombardment of Rotterdam in 1940, leaving the ruined building and immediately opening an emergency building on the new Binnenweg in Rotterdam. On 1 May 1980 Meddens, after 150 years, got the predicate ' royal ' and had the fashion house include an honorable crown in her logo. Meddens is the new hotspot of Hilversum. With a total area of 600 m2 spread over several floors with a terrace of 250 m2, Meddens offers enough space for an accessible hospitality concept where everyone will feel at home. Meddens is tough, industrial and vintage with a touch of New York Style, but with a warm and accessible look. With the Bar & Kitchen concept, we want to create the ideal combination of drinks and food, where the large central bar, suitable for hikers and eaters, will play an important role. Meddens is an all-day catering company: lunch, drinks and dinner. The map shows 70% fish from Fruit de mer to fish & chips with various choices in meat and vegetarian dishes. These dishes are freshly prepared by a team of top chefs in an open kitchen, which creates a huge food experience. This food experience of daily freshly delivered food combined with fine wines in a beautiful ambiance will provide everyone with a great restaurant experience.
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Brasserie Meddens B.V.
112 Kerkstraat
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The rich history of Meddens begins in 1830. The Meddens family came from Groningen. The company was at that time specialised in the manufacture of corsets. After a trip to Paris, Bernard I. Meddens, together with his father, opened a ' herenkleding warehouse ' in the Hoogstraat in Rotterdam on 1 May 1830. Nouveautés from Paris fell in the taste of the Dutch public. In 1899 Meddens opened the second business at a beautiful point in the Haagse Binnenstad, between Lange Pooten and Spuistraat. When Jan Giesbers, a cousin of Meddens, took office in 1923 as director, branches were joined in Amsterdam, Arnhem, Leidschendam and Hilversum. Meddens proved her resilience during the bombardment of Rotterdam in 1940, leaving the ruined building and immediately opening an emergency building on the new Binnenweg in Rotterdam. On 1 May 1980 Meddens, after 150 years, got the predicate ' royal ' and had the fashion house include an honorable crown in her logo. Meddens is the new hotspot of Hilversum. With a total area of 600 m2 spread over several floors with a terrace of 250 m2, Meddens offers enough space for an accessible hospitality concept where everyone will feel at home. Meddens is tough, industrial and vintage with a touch of New York Style, but with a warm and accessible look. With the Bar & Kitchen concept, we want to create the ideal combination of drinks and food, where the large central bar, suitable for hikers and eaters, will play an important role. Meddens is an all-day catering company: lunch, drinks and dinner. The map shows 70% fish from Fruit de mer to fish & chips with various choices in meat and vegetarian dishes. These dishes are freshly prepared by a team of top chefs in an open kitchen, which creates a huge food experience. This food experience of daily freshly delivered food combined with fine wines in a beautiful ambiance will provide everyone with a great restaurant experience.
The place to be at Thursday and Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday all day. Local beers are served. This beautiful building was built over a hundred years ago as a car garage and showroom for the well-being of Hilversum and its environs. Autopalace De Wit was a progressive building and radiated optimism and opulence. It was a modern open building with a huge free span with a thin scale roof of concrete. In 1912 Concrete was really a new building material and only a few of these large scale roofs were made. It was designed in the Art Nouveau style, overblown from Paris. Not much later the building was put into use as a Dutch signal factory and the building forms the basis of the development of broadcasting city Hilversum as the centre of the Netherlands for Radio & Television. Years later, the building was used as a party hall Trianon and a Casino with cinema. In the last years the building was known as the Eurocinema. There was nothing more visible from the original Art Nouveau architecture. The building had fallen completely in decline over the years. It was like a rectangular ' box ' wrapped with shabby façade plating. Also on the inside there was nothing visible from the scale roof with large rooflights. The Euro cinema was perhaps the ugliest building in Hilversum in one of the most prominent places in the city centre. The building was almost demolished, but luckily all forces are united to maintain this building. The façade in Art Nouveau style has been restored. Existing residues have been made visible again and many elements have been reduced to original design. The beautiful scale roof has been restored and the windows in the roof are opened again. Some new features have been added, which are a nice contrast to the original architecture. With the new façade on the market side and expansion on the side, the building opens into the city. In short: MOUT gives new life to this beautiful building.
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Foodhall Mout
8 Naarderstraat
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The place to be at Thursday and Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday all day. Local beers are served. This beautiful building was built over a hundred years ago as a car garage and showroom for the well-being of Hilversum and its environs. Autopalace De Wit was a progressive building and radiated optimism and opulence. It was a modern open building with a huge free span with a thin scale roof of concrete. In 1912 Concrete was really a new building material and only a few of these large scale roofs were made. It was designed in the Art Nouveau style, overblown from Paris. Not much later the building was put into use as a Dutch signal factory and the building forms the basis of the development of broadcasting city Hilversum as the centre of the Netherlands for Radio & Television. Years later, the building was used as a party hall Trianon and a Casino with cinema. In the last years the building was known as the Eurocinema. There was nothing more visible from the original Art Nouveau architecture. The building had fallen completely in decline over the years. It was like a rectangular ' box ' wrapped with shabby façade plating. Also on the inside there was nothing visible from the scale roof with large rooflights. The Euro cinema was perhaps the ugliest building in Hilversum in one of the most prominent places in the city centre. The building was almost demolished, but luckily all forces are united to maintain this building. The façade in Art Nouveau style has been restored. Existing residues have been made visible again and many elements have been reduced to original design. The beautiful scale roof has been restored and the windows in the roof are opened again. Some new features have been added, which are a nice contrast to the original architecture. With the new façade on the market side and expansion on the side, the building opens into the city. In short: MOUT gives new life to this beautiful building.
Great Irish pub! The Guardian offers you a warm and sociable atmosphere, so visitors of various ages feel at home here.
The Guardian
33 Groest
Great Irish pub! The Guardian offers you a warm and sociable atmosphere, so visitors of various ages feel at home here.
Porto is located on the old Loosdrechtsedijk and overlooks the harbour and the first lake. Because of the unique location there is a relaxed atmosphere and you have the most beautiful view of Loosdrecht. You can enjoy lunch, drinks and dinner on our 4-season terrace. It is possible to cover the lounge area of our terrace. The lounge has a fireplace which makes it wonderfully enjoyable. With less weather you can still enjoy the view. Porto has ample parking space in front of the property and can also be reached by boat
Porto Loosdrecht
167a Oud-Loosdrechtsedijk
Porto is located on the old Loosdrechtsedijk and overlooks the harbour and the first lake. Because of the unique location there is a relaxed atmosphere and you have the most beautiful view of Loosdrecht. You can enjoy lunch, drinks and dinner on our 4-season terrace. It is possible to cover the lounge area of our terrace. The lounge has a fireplace which makes it wonderfully enjoyable. With less weather you can still enjoy the view. Porto has ample parking space in front of the property and can also be reached by boat
Kerkbrink is a well known place in Hilversum. You can find the V-bar next to the beautiful church. Unique to this Vascobelo Café-Brasserie is the cosy layout. It’s the perfect place to settle down quietly for an intimate conversation. Furthermore, the room in the back gets character with its eye-catchers such as the impressive library, wall decorations, art and the central long table, which is great for lovely brunches or group get-togethers. During sunny days, you can find the best spot on the big terrace!
Vascobelo V-bar Kerkbrink
2 Kerkbrink
Kerkbrink is a well known place in Hilversum. You can find the V-bar next to the beautiful church. Unique to this Vascobelo Café-Brasserie is the cosy layout. It’s the perfect place to settle down quietly for an intimate conversation. Furthermore, the room in the back gets character with its eye-catchers such as the impressive library, wall decorations, art and the central long table, which is great for lovely brunches or group get-togethers. During sunny days, you can find the best spot on the big terrace!
Local hub for oriental food lovers.
Menara
107 Langestraat
Local hub for oriental food lovers.
if you are into the Japanese kitchen and want to do some people watching, than this is the place to be!
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The Red Sun
3 Huizerweg
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if you are into the Japanese kitchen and want to do some people watching, than this is the place to be!
This is a really nice restaurant that serves fresh food: soups, salads and crazy good pies. Everything is fresh and homemade. Both sit doen and take away dinners.
Vers Saladebar Hilversum
63-41 Kerkbrink
This is a really nice restaurant that serves fresh food: soups, salads and crazy good pies. Everything is fresh and homemade. Both sit doen and take away dinners.
Parc
Pinetum Blijdenstein is an attractive botanical garden, hidden away in a residential suburb of Hilversum, in the heart of the Netherlands. Pinetum Blijdenstein specialises in conifers, but is also home to cycads, ephedras and rhododendrons, as well as a variety of tropical plants in its greenhouses. The Pinetum is part of the Dutch National Plant Collection and as such is one of the most important collections of conifers in the world. The Pinetum regularly organises exhibitions, lectures on a variety of topics and guided tours. The garden is open every day of the year.
Botanical Gardens Pinetum Blijdenstein
125 Van der Lindenlaan
Pinetum Blijdenstein is an attractive botanical garden, hidden away in a residential suburb of Hilversum, in the heart of the Netherlands. Pinetum Blijdenstein specialises in conifers, but is also home to cycads, ephedras and rhododendrons, as well as a variety of tropical plants in its greenhouses. The Pinetum is part of the Dutch National Plant Collection and as such is one of the most important collections of conifers in the world. The Pinetum regularly organises exhibitions, lectures on a variety of topics and guided tours. The garden is open every day of the year.
Architecture
Culmination of Dudok’s work The Town Hall in Hilversum (1931) is the culmination of Willem Marinus Dudok’s oeuvre. It was built in a park-like setting (a residential area from the end of the 19th century) on the former ‘Den Witten Hull’ estate, which had been purchased by the municipality in 1923. The foundations of the ‘Witten Hull’ mansion, which was demolished to make space for the town hall, are still visible in the basement that nowadays houses the Dudok Architecture Centre. Opening in 1931 After taking office in 1915 as Director of Public Works of the municipality of Hilversum, Dudok almost immediately began making plans for a new town hall, but the construction of the final design did not begin until 1928 (after drawing up 10 designs for various locations). Because it was situated on an open site—without building lines or limitations on building height—Dudok was given free rein in his design. The result is a sculptural building consisting of cubist volumes and horizontal facade lines that culminates in a 48-metre-high tower. Watch a video of the opening of the Town Hall in 1931, attended by the Queen’s Commissioner Jhr. Röell, Minister of Water Management P. J. Reymer, and Mayor Lambooy, among others. Asymmetrical, imposing and exciting Although the concept of a medieval town hall can be seen in the building’s grouping of volumes around two courtyards and the addition of a clock tower, Dudok wanted to evoke a different feeling with his design than the standard symmetrical Renaissance structures do. He created facades that are asymmetrical, imposing and exciting by varying the elevations of the different building volumes. His inspiration came from stylistic characteristics in early 20th-century architecture, but he applied them in such a personal, distinctive way that he surpassed the prevailing ‘trends’ with his design. His fusion of the abstraction of New Objectivity and the adorment of expressionism (better known in the Netherlands as the Amsterdam School) garnered widespread admiration. By using a combination of concrete and steel for the load-bearing structure, Dudok allowed the roof edges and yellow bricks from which the building is constructed to defy the laws of gravity in different places by suggestively making them ‘float’. Moreover, Dudok had a variant kind of brick with an oblong format specially developed for the town hall. In combination with the now famous oblique shadow joints between the bricks, the horizontal lines in the facades are reinforced in a subtle way. Although the Town Hall seems colossal from the outside, having a rigorous, almost militaristic appearance, the interior is in fact more intimate and colourful in nature. Within each space the ambiance has been carefully adapted to the function for which it was designed, from the use of materials to furnishings, upholstery, decorations, lettering, and door and window fittings. As such, the Town Hall is known as a Gesamtkunstwerk—the hand of the architect can be found in every detail, so it can be experienced as a whole. Restoration The Town Hall underwent a major restoration in the period 1989–1995. Almost all of the original bricks, which had been baked too softly and were porous as a result, had sustained frost damage. These had to be largely replaced with new ones during the restoration. For the interior, the authentic furniture was brought back as much as possible, and all original colours were restored. The unexpectedly costly restoration, due to years of postponing vital maintenance, was carried out under the direction of Van Hoogevest Architects from Amersfoort and awarded the Europa Nostra Award.
Town Hall Hilversum
1 Dudokpark
Culmination of Dudok’s work The Town Hall in Hilversum (1931) is the culmination of Willem Marinus Dudok’s oeuvre. It was built in a park-like setting (a residential area from the end of the 19th century) on the former ‘Den Witten Hull’ estate, which had been purchased by the municipality in 1923. The foundations of the ‘Witten Hull’ mansion, which was demolished to make space for the town hall, are still visible in the basement that nowadays houses the Dudok Architecture Centre. Opening in 1931 After taking office in 1915 as Director of Public Works of the municipality of Hilversum, Dudok almost immediately began making plans for a new town hall, but the construction of the final design did not begin until 1928 (after drawing up 10 designs for various locations). Because it was situated on an open site—without building lines or limitations on building height—Dudok was given free rein in his design. The result is a sculptural building consisting of cubist volumes and horizontal facade lines that culminates in a 48-metre-high tower. Watch a video of the opening of the Town Hall in 1931, attended by the Queen’s Commissioner Jhr. Röell, Minister of Water Management P. J. Reymer, and Mayor Lambooy, among others. Asymmetrical, imposing and exciting Although the concept of a medieval town hall can be seen in the building’s grouping of volumes around two courtyards and the addition of a clock tower, Dudok wanted to evoke a different feeling with his design than the standard symmetrical Renaissance structures do. He created facades that are asymmetrical, imposing and exciting by varying the elevations of the different building volumes. His inspiration came from stylistic characteristics in early 20th-century architecture, but he applied them in such a personal, distinctive way that he surpassed the prevailing ‘trends’ with his design. His fusion of the abstraction of New Objectivity and the adorment of expressionism (better known in the Netherlands as the Amsterdam School) garnered widespread admiration. By using a combination of concrete and steel for the load-bearing structure, Dudok allowed the roof edges and yellow bricks from which the building is constructed to defy the laws of gravity in different places by suggestively making them ‘float’. Moreover, Dudok had a variant kind of brick with an oblong format specially developed for the town hall. In combination with the now famous oblique shadow joints between the bricks, the horizontal lines in the facades are reinforced in a subtle way. Although the Town Hall seems colossal from the outside, having a rigorous, almost militaristic appearance, the interior is in fact more intimate and colourful in nature. Within each space the ambiance has been carefully adapted to the function for which it was designed, from the use of materials to furnishings, upholstery, decorations, lettering, and door and window fittings. As such, the Town Hall is known as a Gesamtkunstwerk—the hand of the architect can be found in every detail, so it can be experienced as a whole. Restoration The Town Hall underwent a major restoration in the period 1989–1995. Almost all of the original bricks, which had been baked too softly and were porous as a result, had sustained frost damage. These had to be largely replaced with new ones during the restoration. For the interior, the authentic furniture was brought back as much as possible, and all original colours were restored. The unexpectedly costly restoration, due to years of postponing vital maintenance, was carried out under the direction of Van Hoogevest Architects from Amersfoort and awarded the Europa Nostra Award.
Nature
Hilversum is surrounded by beautiful areas of open landscape and luscious greenery. The Goois Natuurreservaat is one such area and is a perfect destination for those who love to hike in the outdoors. Located to the north of Hilversum, this nature reserve covers some 2700 hectares and is composed of many different individual reserves in the region. Inside this large natural area is vast woodland with many hiking trails, such as the "Voetstappenpad" , winding through the trees. The intrepid hiker could spend days wondering through the forest and admiring the gorgeous woodland scenery.
Goois Natuurreservaat
2 Nieuwe Meentweg
Hilversum is surrounded by beautiful areas of open landscape and luscious greenery. The Goois Natuurreservaat is one such area and is a perfect destination for those who love to hike in the outdoors. Located to the north of Hilversum, this nature reserve covers some 2700 hectares and is composed of many different individual reserves in the region. Inside this large natural area is vast woodland with many hiking trails, such as the "Voetstappenpad" , winding through the trees. The intrepid hiker could spend days wondering through the forest and admiring the gorgeous woodland scenery.
While the Goois nature reserve offers a large expanse of forest, the Corversbos presents a more intimate affair. Nestled in the western region of Hilversum, this natural park is a short distance from the city centre and is a great place to explore. Laced with trails, forests and charming parks this really is an immersive place. Suitable for both hikers and cyclists, take to the trails and see what Corversbos has to offer. In fine weather there is no better place to be in Hilversum.
Corvers Forest
While the Goois nature reserve offers a large expanse of forest, the Corversbos presents a more intimate affair. Nestled in the western region of Hilversum, this natural park is a short distance from the city centre and is a great place to explore. Laced with trails, forests and charming parks this really is an immersive place. Suitable for both hikers and cyclists, take to the trails and see what Corversbos has to offer. In fine weather there is no better place to be in Hilversum.
Completing the trio of stunning natural areas surrounding Hilversum is the Hoorneboegse Heide. This extensive area of connected footpaths is a hikers dream. Although cattle roam freely on the pasture and heathland, it also serves as a nature reserve and the cattle actually help maintain the growth of the heather. As you walk through the various different paths, wild landscapes roll past and beautiful patches of purple and green heather sway in the wind. The odd tree stands proudly amidst the sea of heather and cattle graze peacefully. For dog lovers, ramblers and cyclists, this is another natural haven and a perfect place to explore, no matter the weather.
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Hoorneboegse Heide
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Completing the trio of stunning natural areas surrounding Hilversum is the Hoorneboegse Heide. This extensive area of connected footpaths is a hikers dream. Although cattle roam freely on the pasture and heathland, it also serves as a nature reserve and the cattle actually help maintain the growth of the heather. As you walk through the various different paths, wild landscapes roll past and beautiful patches of purple and green heather sway in the wind. The odd tree stands proudly amidst the sea of heather and cattle graze peacefully. For dog lovers, ramblers and cyclists, this is another natural haven and a perfect place to explore, no matter the weather.
Shop
Pop up shop that hosts different artists. Small collections and yet to be discovered creative talents.
Lab. Shop-in-Shop
63-40 Kerkstraat
Pop up shop that hosts different artists. Small collections and yet to be discovered creative talents.
If you are a chocolate lover you definitely need to visit this place. All chocolate is homemade by the owners and come with fillings from caramel sea salt, chili, liquors and mint to typical Dutch cookies as Speculaas. As Hilversum is the mediacapital of The Netherlands, traditionally called " Hillywood" , we do have our own chocolate: de Gooise Matras. Go figure :)
De Gooise Matras
56 Kerkstraat
If you are a chocolate lover you definitely need to visit this place. All chocolate is homemade by the owners and come with fillings from caramel sea salt, chili, liquors and mint to typical Dutch cookies as Speculaas. As Hilversum is the mediacapital of The Netherlands, traditionally called " Hillywood" , we do have our own chocolate: de Gooise Matras. Go figure :)