Meppel has been a printing city for centuries. There are still many printing business in Meppel of which this one, Giethoorn ten Brink, is the largest.
I did business with them often and the director is a good friend of mine.
It's always great to see the many machines running, turning out amazing amounts of printed paper for books and magazines.
I visit here every month.
Meppel is THE city of book printing in the Netherlands. There is also a museum about it which was founded by the owner of the largest printer in The Netherlands: Giethoorn-ten Brink.
The museum was opened by Prince Bernhard, father of the current Queen.
Famous are the Thursday Meppel Day in summer.
Each Thursday there are a lot of bands in the town center and a market. Young and old crowd the streets and dance or listen and drink a beer.
Around Meppel are many interesting place to visit. Among them:
and also lakes and extraordinary landscapes like the Wieden.
"Surrounding places of interest"
There are quite a few places around Meppel that are worth visiting. However, Meppel is on the brink of two provinces, so you would not be able to detect that if you look at my Travel Page.
You could easily cycle between these places. It's a lovely rural area.
So here goes:
Kolderveen (very rural, dairy farm icecream)
Steenwijk (small town, Unesco heritage site)
Giethoorn (Venice of the north)
Staphorst (beautiful old farms)
Ruinerwold(stone's throw from Meppel)
Kallenkote (Indonesian bird park)
Frederiksoord(colony of welfare)
Vledder(small village, museum of fake art)
Zwolle (largest town in the area)
Meppel (lively nightlife, shopping, printing museum)
Schiphorst (stately home as exclusive hotel/restaurant, stork farm)
Business and pleasure
I work for the largest academic booksellers chain of The Netherlands. As projectmanager Print-On-Demand I chose to work with a printing company in Meppel called Drukkerij Giethoorn-ten Brink.
Two years ago we spent a day on the water around Meppel, discussing the project and of course enjoying a boat picknick and a meal.
center: Paul van Esch
far right: Ed van der Ham