The Bommelse Kunstroute
The Bommelse Kunstroute is one of the oldest and acclaimed open studio art tours in the Netherlands. The first of these self guided tours occurred in 1986. Every year since then, a select group of dedicated Zaltbommel artists have opened the doors to their studios and welcomed art lovers from all over the world.
This year the Bommelse Kunstroute takes place on 17 – 18 and 24 – 25 June.
The studios and exhibitions are open from 11.00 to 17.30. There is a public opening on Saturday 17th at 10.00 in the Gasthuiskapel, Gasthuisstraat 34 in Zaltbommel. Entrance is free.
The GasthuisKapel is also the main information centre during the two weekends. Here you can view an exhibition of all the participating artists and also pick up a map of the current tour.
Zaltbommel is a charming, fortified, medieval town, situated on the south bank of the river Waal. This town with its striking towers is well known to the thousands of people who use the A2 bridge crossing the Waal. From the bridge you can see the remains of the old ramparts and the original, now inhabited water tower. Behind this lies the old walled part of Zaltbommel. Here, in every street, you can see and feel the many fascinating centuries of history that have passed. The Kunstroute will lead you through this beautiful town centre.
Sights and gutter ghosts
As well as art in the studios and houses of the participating artists, you will see many interesting sights along the way. But don’t forget to look up every now and then – the lurking “gutter ghosts”, (gargoyles) are watching you!
Take a break
Feeling tired of walking? If so, you can take a break in the many cafés and restaurants in the town centre. For example, the Stadscafé on the market square or the Verdraagzaamheid where you can enjoy the view over the river. You can also enjoy delicious food at the following restaurants – De Eetgelegenheid, La Folie and La Provence.