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“Great for anyone interested in architecture”

Rietveld Schroder House
Ranked #4 of 105 things to do in Utrecht
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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247 reviews
135 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
“Great for anyone interested in architecture”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2014

Built in 1924, the Rietveld Schroeder House was revolutionary in its time. It is like a three-dimensional version of a Piet Mondriaan painting - all rectangles in primary colours and strong verticals and horizontals in black and white. The smart use of space is amazing - folding wall panels open up the upstairs rooms, plus amazing window design and ingenious built-in cupboards and folding shelves. All very Dutch (space being at a premium in Holland). The emphasis is on functionality, which makes the house feel rather spartan. No comfy chairs or shelves of nick-nacks for Mrs. Schroeder!
The guided audio tour is very interesting, giving an insight into the lives of the creators of the house. The house was not designed just to make a statement, it was designed in this way because Mrs. Schroeder wanted it like this - she lived in this house for 60 years, so it must have suited her.
No bags, cameras or phones are allowed inside the house, but there are secure lockers in the entrance hall. You can buy postcards of the interior and photograph the outside and the display of scale models of the furniture.

Visited April 2014
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“A totally unique insight into a revolutionary artist's work”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2014

The creator of the famous "red and blue chair" was also the builder of this home that is on the Unesco World Heritage List. A limited number of tours are available. You may have to put up with a rather unfriendly receptionist, but the upbeat guide makes up for it.

Visited April 2014
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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“Amazing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2014

Very impressive and rigorous analysis given of the house. This is a must do if you visit or live in Utrecht, great work!

Visited November 2013
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“Not much to see if the name Rietveld meant nothing to you”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2014

This place is 30 minutes walk away from the city center. The tour consists of several rooms weirdly painted and fitted with sliding doors. Not much to see if the name Reitveld meant nothing to you.

Advance reservation is a must.

Visited February 2014
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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“Combine with a visit to Centraal Museum (+3 Euro)”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2014

We combined our visit to the Centraal Museum (11 Euro p.p.) with a tour through the Rietveld House (add 3 Euros p.p. for the combination ticket). Be sure to make a reservation for the Rietveld House! It's quite far from everything else in Utrecht, but at the Centraal Museum you can borrow a bicylce to get there, that will take about 15 minutes. The visit to the House takes about an hour and you will get an audio guide device, so you can listen to interesting facts at your own pace. There's a guide with you in the house and it was surprising to see how she transformed the top floor by sliding several doors away. It's impressive to see what the house looks like on the inside and to get a feel of the style and decisions that were made while designing it. Unfortunately it is not allowed to take pictures inside the house. I'm glad I had this experience.

Visited January 2014
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