De Posthoorn

Breed 25-27, Hoorn, 1621, The Netherlands
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Matjes -where?

by nuppe

Where is the perfect place to eat Matjes in Holland? I want to write about it inNorway, searching a nice, maybe historic setting, a good place and maybe someone with knowledge of dutch food culture. Maybe a cheap place to stay too...

Re: Matjes -where?

by PeteNL

I would suggest Scheveningen, where every year in late May/early June the arrival of the new catch is celebrated. Don't know the date for this year, maybe it's on holland.com though.
Other historical ports like Enkhuizen, Hoorn, Stavoren or Hindelopen (to name a few) may have more places of interest to offer, but they don't have this "vlaggetjesdag".
By the way, we call them "Hollands nieuwe" or simply haring, Matjes is the German word for them!
Enjoy them!
P.

Re: Matjes -where?

by tijs

Vlaggetjesdag is a good suggestion. It will be on the 31st of May this year in the harbour of scheveningen. You can see games like eating the biggest number of herrings, fishing ships, folklore music and clothing, etc. You can taste the new herring yourself everywhere and of course you can buy cheap baskets of herrings for preparing at home. Take tram number 11 from the station Den Haag Hollands Spoor in the direction of Scheveningen Haven.
Send me an email if you need help with finding accomodation in Scheveningen.
Tijs

Here is more info about Vlaggetjesdag taken from the official Dutch touristwebsite:
http://www.holland.com/
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It has been a tradition since the 16th century for the people of Scheveningen to gather on the quays of the harbour to welcome the decorated ships of the herring fleet back and inspect their catch - the first new herring of the season. Ever since that time, Vlaggetjesdag heralds the arrival of the first herring. Vlaggetjesdag, literally “flag day”, named after the colourful little flags that decorate the ships of the herring fleet is celebrated every year on the Saturday before Whit Sunday.

This year once again the arrival of the fleet will be announced by a canon shot, after which the first barrel of fresh herring will be offered to the admiral of the fleet. The official festivities will start at 10.30am. Hundreds of smaller sailing boats will enter the harbour along side the flagship “de Eendracht” – a truly impressive spectacle. The highlight of the day however, is the herring race which starts around noon. Six old sailing vessels will compete in the race for the famous herring goblet.

Besides the festivities on the water, music and dance shows, sports tournaments and demonstrations, old Dutch games and other fun activities have been organised along the quays. For the brave amongst you the taste of the first new herring of the season is a not to be missed experience!

Re: maatjes haring-Scheveningen

by catnl

i agree that Schevingen is the best place on may 31st. Vlaggetjesdag and its really delicous eating raw fresh hering, some do eat them with unions as well:-)
have a great time!

Re: Matjes -where?

by Weissdorn

Matjes you can eat in Emden, Bremen, Cuxhaven or Hamburg.

You can get great "nieuwe" in Lemmer or on Texel. In Hoorn you can get them in this little trailer next to the tower or at the Vismark at the other end of the harbour canal, along the canal near the tower.

Re: Re: Matjes -where?

by pieter_jan_v

At: http://www.noord-holland-tourist.nl/v_applic/cityguide.asp?lang=1&v0=126

you can find hotels, pensions and B&B at Hoorn.

btw Matjes is a German expression for herring woth we rather call Zoute Haring (or Hollandse Nieuwe, when the new fish arrives at Vlaggetjes dag).

PJ

Re: Re: Matjes -where?

by nuppe

This was fun and interesting! I have been considering Scheveningen and now there's no doubt. I think I'll reach one or two more places and I 'll look at the other suggestions too. If anyone has recommandations within Amsterdam, that would also be interesting. But it almost seems I could go anywhere and find the fish.

Re: Re: Matjes -where?

by nuppe

Thank you for the information, I feel a little wiser now. To me it seems difficult to get a place to stay in Scheveningen. But I have seen a few places in Haag, and I guess the distance wouldn't be to big. So ther will be no crisis, but I am open for any suggestion.

Re: Matjes -where?

by Pavlik_NL

Scheveningen on the 31st of May. This year this date is "Vlaggetjesdag" (=Day of little flags) and in tradition the fishermen then return from the open sea with the first load of "Hollandse Nieuwe" (=Dutch New) or "Maatjes-haring"

Have a great stay and ... good appetite! Eat them according to the rules. Take the fish at the tale, slide it through the cut-up onion, hold it over your head and ... take a bit of it.

Regards,

Paul

Re: Matjes -where?

by PeteNL

Yeah, Den Haag (aka 's-Gravenhage) is fine to stay, but also Amsterdam (or other places in the area) which is less than an hour by train from Den Haag is no problem. As Tijs already mentioned there is a direct tram to Scheveningen, taking you 15-20 minutes (my guess).
Maybe it is an idea to book in advance though, the weekend may be busy also because it's Ascension Day on the thursday before - this means long weekend in Netherlands and other countries!
Have a nice stay!
P.

Re: Re: Matjes -where?

by pieter_jan_v

The real Dutch VT-ers have their favorite herring spot at the Amsterdam Nieuwmarkt. Look at http://www.virtualtourist.com/m/1c2d2/71211/d/?o=1&i=2#T (hard to find) for some pictures.

PJ

Re: Re: Matjes -where?

by nuppe

The real virtual ones? I think I found it. I do hope I like the fish - actually that part isn't done yet.

Re: Re: Matjes -where?

by ATLC

Every year a major national newspaper called Algemeen Dagblad does a herring test at fish stalls and shops throughout the country.
The results are often surprising and more often than not devastating.

Tested are freshness, hygiene, price and loads of other stuff.
The raw herrings should be cleaned as short a possible before they are consumed to retain freshness.

Anyway, the fish stall in Brielle has been in the top 3 for the last few years.
And last year Schmidt Zeevis in Rotterdam had first place. Remember, this is a national test!

So forget all other places: come to Rotterdam or Brielle. Never mind the latter is my hometown.
LOL

Re: Re: Matjes -where?

by nuppe

Has to be seriously considered. I read it now after posting my question load.

Travel Tips for Hoorn

General links; where to go in Hoorn?

by pieter_jan_v

The location of the local Hoorn Tourist Office (VVV) is opposite the train station at:
Veemarkt 44
1621 JC Hoorn
Tel: +31-72-5114284

Hoorn City Counsil website
Hoorn start page
Hoorn weather; 5 day forecast

Visitor information

by isolina_it

The VVV Hoorn is at Veemarkt 4 (tel. 0900/403-10-55; fax 022/921-50-23), between Hoorn train station and the town center. It can furnish information on Hoorn's many historic buildings and interesting houses, and a delightful "Walking in Hoorn" booklet.

Packing...

by CandS

We had a big backpack and a day pack each but we were lucky enough to be collected from the train station by our friends so we didn't have to do any walking with the big backpacks... :) You will need some warmer clothes for the autumn months and good walking shoes.

(house) front stones

by ardnas67

when you walk along the old houses of Hoorn and you look up, you'll find beautiful front stones. They had no numbering of the houses then, but you told someone then: "Go to the house next to the house with the sun"and also it tells you what kind of work or business there was in that building in earlear days. Like a fisherman, carpenter

at the website you'll find all the front stones with the adress were you can find them.

Statenlogement

by pieter_jan_v

The Statenlogement partly dates from 1435 as the oldest building was a part of the Sint Cecilia convent. After winning the sea battle in 1573 the Spanish army retreated and in Northern Holland a free local government was formed.
From 1613 till 1618 the present Statenlogement was build as a permanent seat for the "College van Gecommitteerde Raden van het Noorderkwartier & Westfriesland".

The Scheepenkamer room was used as a dining hall. This room has a magnificent painting by Jan Theunisz Blankerhof called "De slag op de Zuiderzee" (The Battle of the Zuiderzee") with a carved frame by Johannes Kinnema.

From 1796 till 1977 the building was in use as the Hoorn City Hall. It still is a location for weddings and official receptions.

During summer the building is open to the public on Wednesdays from 10.30AM to 4.30PM. In the garden drinks can be ordered.

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