Van der Valk Hotel Avifauna
Hoorn 65, , Alphen aan den Rijn, Zuid-Holland 2404
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clock in the ceiling
star of david
door from the washing room to the cemetery
the rich people in the front had broader spaces
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Not a must see, but a nice to know:
The striking vertical lift bridge at the Gouwesluis over the river Gouwe was built at the end of the 1930s. The Gouwe was broadend to improve the waterconnection between Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Simulair bridges were built in Boskoop and Waddinxveen. During the second world war the bridge was loaded with explosives to blow it if necessary. It was not used but one of the dynamite sticks exploded when the bridge was hit by lightning. In the 1970s a crane vehicle was 1 meter too high and hit the bridge, it was severly damaged. In 2003 the moving part was taken out and send away to be restored. The bridge was closed for several weeks.
Children's farm, trees and peace
This is Bospark. As its name says, it's a parc. When the city hall at Burgemeester Visserpark had been completed in 1939, local people in Alphen wanted a parc next to it. As the parc had some sort of forrest-look, people called it Bos(forrest)park.
It's a small parc close to the center, there are some schools and residentials for seniors close to it. Also the Tennisclub "TEAN", where Martin Verkerk started his tennis-career, is being situated in the parc.
When seeing the picture of the parc, would you NOT like to walk here at evenings? I doubt it. A must see. My memories about this park... Off course the farm for kids, where I spent a lot of afternoons when I was a small child. There walked chickens, deers and pigs (and a lot more). I especially liked the growing boxes with eggs. You could see the small chickens opening there eggs with their bill. Also I played a lot of soccer there on the grassfields.
The Zegersloot is a green area in Alphen aan den Rijn. You can walk there, go to the kids farm, have a game of minigolf, and many more things.
It also is the place in Alphen where you will find the storks nesting in the open.
The history of Alphen aan de Rijn
"The History of Alphen in Dutch"
Alphen aan den Rijn ligt bij de samenvoeging van het kleine riviertje de Aar en de Oude Rijn, die vanaf Utrecht naar Leiden stroomt. Alphen wordt aan de oostzijde begrensd door de Gouwe en het Aarkanaal, en in het westen door de Heimanswetering. Alphen wordt doorsneden door de Oude Rijn. Er zijn vijf bruggen over de Oude Rijn, waarvan er twee alleen voor voetgangers toegankelijk zijn. De oppervlakte van de gemeente Alphen aan de Rijn bedraagt 57,68 km2, waarvan 2,52 km2 water. In 2002 had Alphen een inwoneraantal van 70.661. In oktober 2001 is Alphen aan den Rijn als Groenste stad van Nederland uitgekozen. In september 2002 werd Alphen aan den Rijn zelfs uitgeroepen als de Groenste Stad van Europa. Aan de Rijnhaven ligt een uitgebreid industrieterrein. Hier ligt ook de hoge PTT toren, die aan alle kanten van Alphen aan den Rijn te zien is.
Alphen aan den Rijn
"Why this page about Alphen aan den Rijn?"
Alphen aan den Rijn, or just "Alphen", is the village I live in for almost my whole life. There were times that I cursed Alphen, and there were times that I praised Alphen (a little bit more cursing than praising though). Alphen is a part of me. In my opinion you don't need to like every thing about your homevillage, but that doens't mean that it's bad.
I want to show the people on this travelsite the positive things about Alphen. Allthough our local government is not so good in preserving the traditional centre (a lot of it has been demolished the past years for the benefit of ugly new buildings), there are still some nice spots to see in Alphen.
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