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Landgoed Zonnestraal

Loosdrechtsebos 17, 1213 RH Hilversum, The Netherlands
+31 35 538 5400
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Struggling monument of modernistic architecture

Built as a recovery hospital for Tuberculosis patients Zonnestraal stood empty for decades before... read more

Reviewed 5 December 2017
Nottingham, United Kingdom
Nice to visit if you like architecture (or if you need medical expertice)

I went to this spot for treatment in the expert clinic (the best hand-specialists in the... read more

Reviewed 14 March 2017
Hilversum, The Netherlands
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The Sanatorium Zonnestraal by architect Duiker is one of the earliest and most important examples of architecture of the Modern Movement. Apart from a high point in architectural history, the complex is also an important social landmark. Conceived as a follow-up colony cure tuberculosis sufferers prepare for their reintegration into society, is the brainchild of Sunbeam trade unionist Jan van Zutphen (1863-1958). His ideal is realized with money that the diamond workers union brings together the TB Patients on its members to help.Monthly tourEvery last Sunday of the month there are tours (1 ½ hour) provided by a professional guide. These tours start at 12.00 hours and 14.00 hours from Dresselhuis Pavilion (nr. 19). One should specify in advance to Landgoed Zonnestraal
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4 Dec 2017
“Struggling monument of modernistic architecture”
14 Mar 2017
“Nice to visit if you like architecture (or if you need medical expertice)”
Loosdrechtsebos 17, 1213 RH Hilversum, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 5 December 2017

Built as a recovery hospital for Tuberculosis patients Zonnestraal stood empty for decades before being partly restored. Some small business, a nice restaurant and art galleries are now struggling to keep the place alive, battling with local government to get funds for full restoration.

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Reviewed 14 March 2017

I went to this spot for treatment in the expert clinic (the best hand-specialists in the Netherlands) and I'm glad that I discovered it: the buildings (in which more specialized clinics are situated) are unique and great architecture. Everything is transparant (because of the use...More

Thank lc_spel
Reviewed 6 July 2016

Nice place to walk around. The buildings are very beautiful. There is a lot of forest, some heather and even a small restaurant. Recommended.

Thank David N
Reviewed 27 June 2016

Modern architecture in beautiful surrounding just south of Hilversum, the building are build in the 1930s, are white with lots of glass windows.

Thank gerritb221
Reviewed 15 February 2016

We had a guided tour of the complex and our guide was great. He could tell us a lot of stories around the sanatorium and it was a pleasure to listen to him

Thank webrebelle
Reviewed 12 February 2016

It used to be a sanatorium, a complete self sufficient place for sick people to live. Nowadays it is a health center, but beautifully restored. If you are into architecture, you should go there! They do magnificent things with new measurements for buildings in respect...More

1  Thank LeavingHolland
Reviewed 20 June 2015

This building is a beautiful set of buildings which reflect a special period in the architectural era of the 20th century of the Nteherlands. There are organized tours around the facilities which where used for patients suffering of tuberculosis during the aftermath of the Second...More

Thank RuurdvanElburg
Reviewed 17 March 2015

I love the way this place has been preserved and taken back into use. It used to be a hospital and even still has the little resting cottages which were used for patients that had the plague. The location is situated in a forrest area...More

Thank Olaf F
Reviewed 29 January 2015

Combine a visit to this architectural landmark with a walk through the adjoining forest. Good parking options.

Thank alotofdots
Reviewed 16 September 2014

A beautiful area to bike through, from Hilversum, Laren and Amersfoort or Utrecht the woode areas and beautiful safe bicycle paths are a pleasure to use

1  Thank joannes2033
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