Hotel & Restaurant De Zon
Voorbrug 1, , Ommen, Overijssel 7731 BB
More about Ommen
Dialect: "All goes well with everything you do"
The old tol house, town hall and now museum
Picture of a nice facade in Ommen
In the large farmhouses guests are always welcome
Travel Tips for Ommen
About legends, stories and witches
In these formerly quite isolated surroundings, stories, saga's and legends came in dozains and more. Witches, wizards, devils and other plagues for mankind were told in family circle, mostly to keep the children under the thumb of parenthood, by warning them what all might go wrong if they wouldn't listen to the wise lessons of mother and father. Legendary in the Eastern parts of the Netherlands are the "Witte wieven" (White witches), ghostly appearances that brought shivers and fear in everyone. They actually refer to the low hanging local fog banks that appear in various seasons out of nothing and disappear again into thin air. The original stories are from the "Achterhoek", but Salland knows it's own variants.
In the land of sheeps one swallows the "N"
Dialects are many in the Netherlands. This small country has about a hundred differnt ones and sometimes it can be said that every town or village has it's own specifics. In Salland as well, one has certain ways of pronouncing the Dutch language and remarkable in this is the slightly swallowing of the "N" in the last parts of words, especially verbs (this also appears in the province of Drenthe). Still, dialects have their charm and every birds sings it's own song!
The region around Ommen (actually the whole area of Drenthe, Salland and parts of Twente) used to be quite poor, because the soil was not so good for agriculture, such as acres. In these surroundings many farmers kept sheeps, that grazed in the grassy fields and also the heather fields. A typical building is the Salland sheep stables, that til today are remarkable items in the landscape. In the last local custom tip about the darker history in Ommen I added an example of a typical sheep's stable in these surroundings.
Black pages in Ommen's history
In world war II Ommen had one of the worst places in the Netherlands. Here was a (straf lager) punishment camp of the German SS, that however was manned by mainly Dutch collaborating NSB and SS agents. Arbeitslager Erika was the name and sounded quite positive, however things that were going on here couldn't stand daylight and great horrors were done in this place to Dutch people that were arrested by the Nazi regime. In small barracks 60 people were put and slept in hanging mats, three over one another. During the day people worked hard labour and were constantly brutalised by the sadistic camp guards. Many died under these circumstances. Let us never forget or fall in the same mistakes that were made then by not acting against these terrible acts.
A place that is popular by Dutch camping lovers
The whole Vecht valley is very popular by Dutch people that like to camp out (and believe me ... many Dutch love to camp, just ask the Germans about Dutch caravans - haha). Many Dutch also choose holidays in their own country, especially when they have young children and travelling long distances is not recommended. When you drives around the Ommen surroundings, you will see many signs pointing out to campingrounds and/or bungalow parks / holiday homes. Both types of holiday are popular and also attract many Germans into the Netherlands.
Where tin soldiers march in the "Vecht" valley
"Unknown often makes unloved"
Ommen is a small town in the province Overijssel along the "Vecht" river. It is a friendly place surrounded by agricultural land that is mixed with here and there some forestry and heatherfields. Many campings can be found and it is a popular spot for the Dutch to enjoy their holiday in own country. Well, maybe that is an excellent way in getting to know them better as a visiting toursit from far away?
"Three windmills and a funny museum"
Ommen is definately not a completely boring place, though some youngsters will immediately disagree with me. The place has a lot to offer for visitors of the Netherlands that like to see something special yet typically Dutch. Three windmills surround the small town and one can do (for example) canoeing or biking to enjoy the typical Dutch landscapes. About this and the funny museum you can read all in my tips.