Meppel Travel Guide

  • The kids at the entrance of the Belevingspad.
    The kids at the entrance of the...
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  • Let's make a sound.
    Let's make a sound.
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  • True bush walk!
    True bush walk!
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Meppel Things to Do

  • Meppelertoren - Exhibition space.

    We visited the Meppelertoren in November 2013 and were allowed to enter it. A nice gentleman let us in told us about the exhibition that took place in the small entrance of the tower. He started by telling about the fact that the tower was sold to the Reformed community separately from the church. He also named the fact that the church remained the...

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  • Meppelertoren - Towers over Meppel.

    The Meppelertoren for sure towers over the city. This give Paulien (my girlfriend) always the feeling of returning home as she is born and raised in Meppel. The height of the tower is about 45 meters high and the first gallery is situated at 32 meters. In 1827 the tower was restored and received the current characteristic dome. At first the tower...

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  • Meppelertoren - On fire!

    At first you might think that the tower is just a part of the Mariakerk (main church of Meppel) like most churches, but this is not quite true. The building of the tower was started in the 15th century, a bit after the moment as they started to built the church. In the middle ages it was not always usual to built the tower at the same time as the...

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  • Mariakerk - A must visit!

    The last time we visited Meppel we were lucky to be able to inside the Mariakerk again. At this time Paulien wanted to take some pictures of the tower and we already heard some beautiful music outside the church. We were allowed to go in, but had to be really quiet. We saw and heard the HanzeOrkest playing, which was just great.Once again we were...

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  • Mariakerk - Lighting a candle.

    Although we were quite early when we first arrived at the Mariakerk in Meppel we were already allowed to enter it. A huge advantage of our early arrival was the fact that there were almost no tourists. Either the bus / coach was still on his way or everybody was having a breakfast in their hotel. Whenever we visit a church the kids always want to...

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  • Mariakerk - Landmark of Meppel.

    What to tell about the Mariakerk of Meppel? In popular language the church is called the “Grote Kerk” (the large church). My girlfriend Paulien is born and raised in Meppel and whenever we visit the village of Meppel the first thing she notices is the tower of the church. The so called Meppelertoren (tower of Meppel) is her landmark of the village...

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  • Secretarie

    the Secretarie was built in the 19th century and served as a town hall from 1853. The building is in classical style with the gable resembling a Greek temple. There's a little door under the porch which suggests there is a "underhouse". It is now an art exposition center.

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  • Café Beurs

    I am repeating the photo from the Nightlife tip with the same name because this old building also is on the Wheem. There are markets held here and in the old days it was a cattle market. The building itself concentrates on the bearing character of walls and pillars, the artistic masonry and the specific windows. The style is called...

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  • Wheemgebouw

    The Wheembuilding on Groenmarkt is from the 15th century and used to be a vicarage. The marketplace Wheem used to be the vicars garden. From 1795 it became a lodging place. Up to this day, markets are held here. It later became the Chamber of Commerce and a library and is now an exclusive interior design shop.

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  • Transformer house

    I don't really know what a transformer house is. It was built in 1921 by D. Monsma who was director of the city buildings. The combination of transormerhouse and private dwellings are rear. The style is neo-renaissance. The gable is inlaid with natural stone.

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  • Canal

    Meppel is a longtime trading town. A river port and various canals still remind of the old ways of transporting goods.

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  • Printer's museum (Drukkerijmuseum)

    Museum in a monumental warehouse that shows the history of print from the very early stages of writing to the printing machines of the current times. There is a bookbinder room from 1930 and volunteers (often ex-printers) demonstrate every day.Open Tuesday thru Saturday 13-17 hrs.€ 3,50 entrance adults€ 2 entrance children up to 12.-

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Meppel Restaurants

  • Fresh and handmade.

    The city centre of Meppel has a lot of food to offer. Traditional Dutch rolls with kroketten, a New York style bagel, a chicken melt, ham and cheese sandwiches, et cetera. Whenever I’m in the city centre I wind my way through the stalls of the market on the Kerkplein or the ones situated in the Hoofdstraat, for my favorite Vietnamese spring...

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  • De Brasserie

    De Brasserie is a main stopover for lunch, coffee, a drink or dinner. But I mostly go there during shopping for a coffee!Faces the Kerkplein and church.

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Meppel Nightlife

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    by ATLC Written Feb 18, 2003

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    In summer there are special activities on Thursdays which are renowned far and wide in the region.
    Every Thursday there's a new theme.
    During the day there's usually a market fair but in the evening there are various open air concerts.and young and old crowd the streets, enjoy pop and country music, dance and drink.

    Dress Code: No dress code

    MEPPEL SQUARE (KERKPLEIN)

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Meppel Transportation

  • Travelling with (young) kids.

    Are you nervous about taking your baby or child on a plane trip? You aren't alone, most parents are nervous about it. We have moved with the kids to Alkmaar by car this holiday and drove some distances by car on when we were there and we learned a few things that hopefully will help you. General: Bring books, old favourite toys and new surprise...

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  • Waste net (Blikvanger)

    Along some cycle paths in and around Meppel you find this clever structure. A net where you can throw your cans and other waste in while you cycle past.It is called a "blikvanger" (eyecatcher") because "blik" is not only metal or can but also a "look" in Dutch.

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Meppel Shopping

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    by ATLC Written Feb 18, 2003

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    Meppel is a very nice city to shop because the center is compact and walkable.

    One of my favourite stops is at this butcher on Zuideinde where the butcher himself slaughters young lamb which he marinates deliciously.

    What to buy: The marinated lamb steaks and home made black pudding.

    MEPPEL BUTCHER BRAAMSKAMP

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Meppel Local Customs

  • Talko to someone who knows ...

    I guess we all agree on this on; there is nothing more exciting than going travelling - exploring another country, experiencing a different culture, travelling around in new ways, sampling the local cuisine and chatting to the local people for a different perspective on life.However during our travels we learned that there is one certain thing that...

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  • Donderdag Meppeldag - The entire day.

    It is good to know that all the activities take place from the early morning until late at night. So, it doesn’t matter when you join in, every time is a good time. For example I once knew that my cousin was performing at the Donderdag Meppeldag. At that time I worked close to Meppel and I took a few hours free from the office and watched his...

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  • Donderdag Meppeldag - Möppeler Marrek.

    The Donderdag Meppeldag of today is in no way the same as it started out. It truly developed over the years, knowing that in 2014 the 55th edition will take place. Every year, six Thursdays in July and August, there are recognizable theme days often with international allure. You can witness themes like street theatre festival, music of Amsterdam...

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Meppel Warnings and Dangers

  • Do drink enough!!!

    For years, we have all been told of the importance of water. The general guideline has been to drink 2 liter of water each day. For a person who is not living an active lifestyle this may be enough, but if you are physically active, you need more water than that. That is especially true if you are hiking in the Alkmaar area due to the fact the...

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  • Reading a map!

    Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, the catchy title of the 1992 bestseller by John Gray, succinctly expresses an ancient dilemma. What--if anything--do men's and women's brains do differently?The general statement that men and women respond and behave differently under the same circumstances is true; For example, from the crib, male babies...

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Meppel What to Pack

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    by Jerelis Written Jun 27, 2013

    Luggage and bags: * Map and guidebook;
    * Crackers;
    * 2 Liter of water;
    * Fruit / power bars.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: * Hiking boots;
    * 1 extra t-shirt;
    * Shorts with many pockets;
    * Sunglasses;
    * Fleece type jacket;
    * Hat / cap;
    * Raincoat.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: * Lip balm;
    * (Neck) sunblock;
    * Band-aids.

    Photo Equipment: * Camera and lots of SD cards!
    * Filter;
    * Extra batteries;
    * Lens 210 mm.

    Miscellaneous: * Binocular;
    * Compass.

    Here we go ...
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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Backpacking
    • Family Travel

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Meppel Off The Beaten Path

  • Boswachterij Staphorst - Nature at its...

    Do you want to see birds of prey flying in the air and between the tree tops? Or do you want to get face to face with a deer? This is all very well possible in the Boswachterij Staphorst. Because it is the only forest in this area animals and flowers are attracted to it like magnets. Besides that the forest is known for its vipers, lizards, hawks,...

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  • Boswachterij Staphorst - Belevingspad.

    The so called Belevingspad was for us this was the main reason to visit the Boswachterij Staphorst. I don’t know if there is any translation for the word “Belevingspad”, but maybe experience path comes as close as it can get. It simply means that if you take this track in the forest you will experience everything the forest has to offer. We read...

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  • Boswachterij Staphorst - Recreational...

    The Boswachterij Staphorst is located near the very small village of IJhorst, which is located near Meppel. IJhorst is a village in the eastern part of the Netherlands, with a population of about 1,500 people. The village and its surroundings are the recreational center of the villages of Staphorst and Meppel. This area is very popular for hiking,...

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