Apeldoorn Local Customs

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    Kingsday

    by vtveen Updated Apr 26, 2014

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    Queensday means: red, white, blue and orange
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    The biggest party in Apeldoorn, when we are celebrating our King’s birthday. Always on April 27, except when this is on a Sunday, then the celebrations we will be the Saturday before.

    Kingssday means:
    - a lot of Red, White and Blue and Orange street decorations;
    - a fair on the market square;
    - brass bands playing;
    - street musicians;
    - shops with special ‘orange’ offers;
    - jumble sale in the streets;
    - fireworks in the evening.

    But most of all thousands and thousands of people in the town centre celebrating our King’s birthday, walking, sitting on side walk cafe’s, drinking an ‘orange bitter’ and having fun.

    Be aware not all tourist attractions and shops will be open at normal times.
    Public transport schedules may be different from normal.

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    Phallic Symbols - A Question For The Locals

    by johngayton Updated Aug 12, 2010
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    Here's a sculpture with no obvious accreditation or explanation that I noticed on my wanders of the suburbs. There's also a similar sculpture in Nijmegen (see pic #2).

    Is it a Gelderlander thing?

    And the solution came almost immediately and simultaneously from ATLC and vtveen as soon as I posted it on the travel forum.

    To quote the latter:

    "For Apeldoorn, my hometown, it is one of five public art objects by an artist called Peter van der Locht. These five objects are called: Vijf Zuilen (Five Pillars) and are standing on different places in town.
    On Wikipedia I did read he also made two of these objects in Nijmegen (Twee Zuilen). "

    And here's a link to the whole set:

    http://www.segnodarte.nl/voorbeelden/onderhoud/kunstwerken_onderhoud-31.htm

    Amazing how educational VT can be!

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    Apeldoorn Canals

    by johngayton Updated Aug 12, 2010
    Urban Canal In Apeldoorn
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    As with just about everywhere in the Netherlands Apeldoorn does have a canal, It's a bit out of town, dog-legging around the north-east of the centre but well worth wandering and following if you just fancy the meander.

    It does need it's drainage though and so the town planners have included a few watery bits in the centre just to make you feel as if you ARE in Holland (sic ;)).

    More an excuse to use these couple of pics rather than a useful tip LOL!

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    Zig-Zagging Through The Fountain

    by johngayton Written Aug 12, 2010

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    Another Pretty Cyclist ;)
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    On a hot early-summer afternoon a cool shower is always appreciated and the fountain on the main market place seems to provide that opportunity.

    You can't adjust the taps yourself but rather you have to try and anticipate the fountain's seemingly random sequence which seems to be part of the fun.

    Some cycle through it, others run, whilst those that are really hot and sweaty just stand and wait for the full jets.

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    Bicycle Parking - Rain or Shine

    by johngayton Written Aug 12, 2010

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    The Netherlands is one of the most bicycle-friendly countries in the world - not surprisingly as it's also one of the flattest.

    So cycle paths and other facilities abound. I was particularly impressed with this cycle parking lot here in Apeldoorn, in front of the new town hall, where the stands even have covers that you can clip down over your saddle to either shade it from the summer sun or keep it dry on rainy days.

    Yep, excellent idea - no hot sticky bums, nor cold damp squelchy ones for the Apeldoorners LOL ;)

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    Football Fever

    by johngayton Updated Aug 10, 2010

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    I was quite fortunate to be visiting the Netherlands during the 2010 Football World Cup finals and there seemed to be a permanent party atmosphere everywhere I went, even on days when the Dutch weren't actually playing.

    It wasn't just Apeldoorn, it was the country in general enjoying the event and whilst partisan it was also a celebration of the game. There were no nationalist flags just the simple orange of the team's strip and of course the black and white footballs to adorn the town's streets, centre and suburb alike.

    Always good to see.

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    Have a fish

    by vtveen Written Aug 13, 2005

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    Hmmmmmm

    While visiting our market (specially on Saturdays and Mondays) you can not leave without eating a fish.

    There is a rich selection. Try the specialities: 'lekkerbekje' or 'kibbeling' (both are fried) or even better or Dutch delicacy 'herring'.

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    Visit our market

    by vtveen Updated Feb 3, 2005

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    Fruit booth on the Apeldoorn market

    Although most cities in the Netherlands have there own market(s), I think Apeldoorn is THE market town in the country.

    There are several markets on every weekday on different places. The main market is on Saturday on the market square and has a couple of hundred market vendors.

    The Saturday market has a lot of food vendors with vegetables, fruit, cheese, eggs, fish and even meat. Also there are a lot of flower- and plant booths.
    Monday market, also on the market square counts more fabric booths.
    The others are much smaller and not very interesting for tourists.

    When you visit Apeldoorn on a Monday or Saturday don't leave the town without taking a look at our market. A typical Dutch custom.

    Directions:
    Marktplein (Market Square), in front of the new town hall in the centre of Apeldoorn.
    Parking garage: under the square

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    A museum you certainly must...

    by nighthawk Written Sep 12, 2002

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    A museum you certainly must visit is 'Kröller Mueller' in the National Parc 'De Hoge Veluwe'. A great collection on art from the 19th and 20th century can be seen here as well as many paintings from Vincent van Gogh.
    Around the museum is a sculpture parc, something that you sure must see as well.
    More information can be found on the Kröller Müller-site.

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    Apeldoorn, also outside the palace, quite royal

    by Pavlik_NL Written Sep 8, 2002

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    Interior of the royal palace

    Apeldoorn is, because of the royal palace, a town that radiates royalty. Not only the royal family had their the palace, but anyone that was in contact with or had anything to do with, build extravagant villa's and mansions in Apeldoorn. A drive through town shows many wonderful houses in a green foresty environment. Only the new suburbs are like those of other towns in The Netherlands.

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    On this picture you can see a...

    by sandravdp Written Sep 7, 2002

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    On this picture you can see a march of the 'Salvation Army' in the shoppingstreets of Apeldoorn. In the Netherlands The 'Army of Salvation'is to be found in almost every town and city. These people are usually somewhat religious and help poor or homeless people. When they march around with a band they try to enjoy people and to get some donations for their good deeds (helping out people, who can't help theirselves).

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    Don't feed the monkeysThe...

    by Tamani Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Don't feed the monkeys
    The sign reads clear.
    Don't feed the monkeys
    That means you, my dear.
    But why, Mummy, why?
    Oh, can't you see?
    Baby monkeys are so cute
    And so hungry must be.
    Just a handful of peanuts,
    They love them, you know.
    Just a bunch of bananas
    And then we can go.
    Listen, my dear,
    It is not meant to be.
    Monkeys are wild
    And meant to be free.
    They feed on insects
    They find on the trees.
    And fruits and young shoots
    That's all growing free.
    Monkeys are smart,
    They know what to do.
    Don't feed the monkeys,
    That goes for grown-ups, too!


    (oooh I am sorry. copied the poem from the net, don't remember wherefrom)

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    Art in the tree.

    by a5floor Written Apr 27, 2008
    Art in the tree.

    In the street 'Loolaan' you will find some art. In the trees you are finding here, you will see birdcages hanging in the trees. This is art.

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