In the late 19th century, the tiny village of Bussum became a popular commuter town for the richer classes who had their business in nearby Amsterdam. From that time on, the village started a growth spurt that included large, luxurious villa parks as well as homes for middle class families and a fast developing town centre.
Today, the village boasts a wonderfull spectrum of architecture from the late 19th century and the early 20th century.
Especially the late 19th century villa park known as Het Spiegel (the Mirror) is worth a visit. It is one of the largest and best preserved villa parks from the turn of the century in the Netherlands and has spectacular examples of all styles of architecture popular during that time; Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Neoclassicism, Traditionalism, Rationalism, Expressionism, etc. It is as a whole a protected historical landmark.
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