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The European Travel Companion to Vermeer

All the Vermeers in Europe (22 works) (travel begins in Vienna).

In Europe, all twenty-two Vermeer paintings are generally accessible to the public except for the Queen's The Music Lesson which is visible only during the summer months or special exhibitions. The remaining works are housed in public or private art collections normally open five days a week throughout the year except for holidays. It should be kept in mind that Vermeer paintings can be on special exhibitions far from their permanent collections or in restoration. Temporary exhibitions, however, are usually announced months in advance so it is imperative to begin planning in time to avoid pointless travel.

Traveling Philosophy. There as many ways to travel as there are individuals and their financial possibilities. The present travel guide is formulated around a limited budget in order to afford the maximum number of people the occasion to realistically calculate costs. Obviously, in order to arrive at the European starting point each traveler must make his own travel arrangements from his home wherever that might be.

Plan 1. Seeing al 22 Vermeers in Europe. If one wishes to attempt the rather ambitious plan of seeing all 22 Vermeer paintings in Europe, ten intercity trips will be necessary. One may then plan as many days for exploring the city's Vermeer museum and city sites as one finds suitable. The map above proposes a possible travel route.

Plan 2. The second plan involves seeing 14 Vermeers distributed in four cities (Amsterdam, The Hague, Paris and London) all within very close vicinity.

Plan 3. The third plans offers the possibility to keep traveling time at a bare minimum while allowing one to seeing 11, or perhaps 12 paintings.

Intercity Transportation. One of the best ways to assure a more gratifying trip and economize at the same time is to utilize Europe's excellent railway system. The chief railway stations are located in the heart of European cities and hence, often near the major art collections and a wide choice travel accommodations. Moreover, rail travel is generally more congenial to socializing with each country's inhabitants and moreover, has the indubitable advantage of allowing one the opportunity to comfortably view scenery.

InterRail Global Passes http://www.interrail.net/english/index.php
For European residents. The total duration of the ten-city travel and stay would be trip would last 21 days. This number which would keep us in the limits of a 22-day InterRail Global Pass which cost Euro 479.00 and Euro [4239,00 439,00] for senior citizens (over 60s).

Eurail Global Pass http://www.eurail.com/eurail-passes/eurail-global-pass
For non-European residents. There is a large variety of different of passes regarding specific areas in Europe to choose or the number of traveling days within a month etc. For example: a pass with the validity of 15 traveling days within 2 months costs $739.00 (2nd class) while a stay of 21 days costs $ 619,00 (2nd class). A Benelux (i.e. Belgium/Netherlands and Luxembourg)-Germany Pass costs $395.00 with 10 traveling days within 2 months. Attention: A Eurail Pass has to be ordered 6 months before the issuing date.

accommodations. In keeping with the limited budget proposed by this guide, affordable hotels and bed & breakfasts ($150 or less) are preferred. accommodations located near the museum, rather than the railway station, have been preferred so that one can easily return from the museum to the hotel during the day to rest up.

All the Vermeers in Europe, City by City. Due to the wealth of information, this project displays each city on a separate webpage which can be accessed from the menu located to the upper right of this page.

Approximate Rail Travel Times

  1. Vienna-Dresden - 7:13
  2. Dresden-Berlin - 2:56
  3. Berlin-Braunschwieg - 1:25
  4. Brunswick-Frankfurt - 2:46
  5. Franrkfurt-Amsterdam - 3:56
  6. Amsterdam-The Hague - 50
  7. The Hague-Paris - 4:36
  8. Paris-London - 5:06
  9. London-Edinburg - 5:35
  10. Edinburg-Dublin - 10: 20

Museum Closures

  • Vienna - Monday
  • Dresden - Monday
  • Berlin - Monday
  • Brunswick - Monday
  • Frankfurt - Monday
  • Amsterdam -open 7 days a week
  • The Hague - Monday
  • Paris - Tuesday
  • London (National Gallery) - always open
  • London (Kenwood House) - open 7 days a week
  • Edinburgh - open 7 days a week
  • Dublin - open 7 days a week

The Vermeers in Europe at a Glance

Amsterdam The Milkmaid, Johannes Vermeer The Milkmaid Rijksmuseum info@rijksmuseum

The Little Street, Johannes Vermeer

The Little Street Rijksmuseum info@rijksmuseum
The Love Letter, Johannes Vermeer The Love Letter Rijksmuseum info@rijksmuseum
Woman in Blue Reading a Letter, Johannes Vermeer Woman in Blue Reading a Letter Rijksmuseum info@rijksmuseum
Berlin The Glass of Wine, Johannes Vermeer The Glass of Wine Staatliche Museen Preußischer Kulturbesitz,

Woman with a Pearl Necklace, Johannes Vermeer

Woman with a Pearl Necklace Staatliche Museen Preußischer Kulturbesitz,
Brunswick The Girl with a Wine Glass The Girl with a Wine Glass Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum info@museum-braunschweig.de
Dresden The Procuress, Johannes Vermeer The Procuress Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister
(Old Masters Picture Gallery)
Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window, Johannes Vermeer Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister
(Old Masters Picture Gallery)
Dublin Lady Writing a Letter with her Maid, Johannes Vermeer Lady Writing a Letter with her Maid National Gallery of Ireland info@ngi.ie
Edinburgh Christ in the House of MArtha and Mary, Johannes Vermeer Christ in the House of Martha and Mary National Gallery of Scotland enquiries@nationalgalleries.org
Frankfurt The Geographer, Johannes Vermeer The Geographer Städelsches Kunstinstitut info@staedelmuseum.de
The Hague Diana and her Companions, Johannes Vermeer Diana and her Companions Mauritshuis communicatie@mauritshuis.nl
View of Delft, Johannes Vermeer View of Delft Mauritshuis communicatie@mauritshuis.nl
Girl with a Pearl Earring, Johannes Vermeer Girl with a Pearl Earring Mauritshuis communicatie@mauritshuis.nl
London A Lady Standing at a Virginal, Johannes Vermeer A Lady Standing at a Virginal National Gallery information@ng-london.org.uk
A Lady Seated at a Virginal, Johannes Vermeer A Lady Seated at a Virginal National Gallery information@ng-london.org.uk
The Guitar Player, Johannes Vermeer The Guitar Player The Kenwood House customers@english-heritage.org.uk
The Music Lesson, Johannes Vermeer The Music Lesson The Royal Collection, The Windsor Castle information@ng-london.org.uk
Paris The Astronomer, Johannes Vermeer The Astronomer Musée du Louvre info@louvre.fr
The Lacemaker, Johannes Vermeer The Lacemaker Musée du Louvre info@louvre.fr
Vienna The Art of Painting, Johannes Vermeer The Art of Painting Kunsthistorisches Museum info@khm.at

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