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    ‘Kwartjesfontein’: spurting again

    by vtveen Updated Oct 28, 2011

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    The ‘Kwartjesfontein’ (Quarters Fountain) is one of Apeldoorn’s 800 monuments. The fountain was a gift of the society of the town of Apeldoorn in memory of former Mayor Mr. H.P.J. Tutein Nolthenius. The money for the fountain was – literally with ‘quarters’ – brought together by the inhabitants of Apeldoorn.

    The fountain – made by famous sculptor Pieter Puype - was originally unveiled in 1932 by Crown Princess Juliana. It stood in the pond of the Oranjepark, where it was spurting for many years till it was removed due to aging ‘problems’. It was brought to the town yard.

    The fountain was noticed and the ‘Stichting Apeldoornse Monumenten’ (Foundation Apeldoorn Monuments) took the initiative for restoring the fountain. Again residents (with the help of sponsors) brought together the money for the restoration.

    The fountain has been thoroughly renovated and equipped with contemporary technology. On April 16 of 2009 the fountain was placed in the pond of the ‘Verzetstrijderspark’ (Resistance Fighters Park). It should haven been unveiled on April 30, but due to the dramatic attack during Queens Day in Apeldoorn it was postponed till August.

    But in the meantime the fountain is spurting again and without any doubt it is an enrichment of the ‘Verzetstrijderspark’, proudly standing in the pond in front of the impressive Villa Marialust, one of the most beautiful areas of my hometown.

    Living in the same area we often walk around enjoying these parks and fountains, even when it is raining like the day I shoot my pictures. It is rather close to the city centre and on walk able distance.

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    Verzetstrijderspark: honouring resistance fighters

    by vtveen Updated Oct 28, 2011

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    ‘Verzetstrijderspark’ is one of our city parks and didn’t have an official name - although locals always called it ‘Marialust’ after the mansion in the park. In 1970 - in the context of the upcoming fifth anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands - the council of Apeldoorn decided to name it ‘Verzetstrijderspark’ (Resistance Fighters Park) in honour of these brave men.

    Being part of the only remaining rural estate, more or less in the centre of the town, it has a lovely setting with a little forest, a meadow with grazing sheep, horses or cows, a pond with a spurting fountain, a man made ditch and the impressive white coloured mansion Marialust, built in 1825.

    Since 2009 it has a fountain - the so called Kwartjesfontein - in the middle of the pond, which is spurting ‘day and night’. The park has also a memorial bench for Mister M. van Wijhe, one of the city councillors. The bench was unveiled in 1934. From there you will have a wonderful view over the pond and fountain.

    May 2010 Mayor De Graaf of Apeldoorn unveiled a monument in honour of fourteen resistance fighters, who were active in Apeldoorn during WWII and engaged in sabotage, attacks and forgery of documents. Some of them were arrested and executed, others died in German camps.

    The names of these fighters are engraved in fourteen granite stones, which have a polished surface with the name of each of these resistance fighters; a simple but impressive monument. In June 2011 three more names - and stones - were added and now there are seventeen stones in this monument. With this monument the park became a real ‘Verzetstrijderspark’.

    Directions
    Verzetstrijderspark is located along the Generaal van Heutszlaan in the so called Parkenbuurt on walking distance from the city centre.

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    Castle Cannenburgh - back to the Middle Ages

    by vtveen Updated Oct 26, 2010

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    We always like to visit ‘Castle Cannenburgh’ in the village of Vaassen, less than 10 km’s north of Apeldoorn. It is a real old castle, already built in the 15th century by Marshal Marten van Rossem. This classic castle, surrounded by a moat, has still the spirit of a medieval place with its old brick walls.

    The castle can be vistied and you will be impressed by the interior with lots of furniture, paintings and porcelain, all showed to the visitors in several rooms. It is just like ‘Marten van Rossem’ may enter one of them any moment. The tour will bring you to the chapel, a library, living- and bedrooms and the dark and creepy cellars.

    Next to the castle lies a beautiful garden with a couple of ponds. This garden can be visited with a combination ticket.

    You will find also a gift shop and an information center. There is also a café restaurant ('t Koetshuis) with a nice terrace. Great to have your coffee/tea, lunch or dinner with a view of this lovely castle.

    Information
    Opening hours: year round
    Entrance fee (2010): € 8,-
    See also: http://www.mooigelderland.nl/index.php?pageID=3281&n=&categoryID=1869&itemID=361714&show_castle=true

    Directions:
    address: Maarten van Rossumplein 4, Vaassen
    accessible (from Apeldoorn) by car or bicycle, or by bus line 90.

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    Waterfall of Loenen, the highest of the Netherland

    by vtveen Updated Aug 30, 2010

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    Waterfall of Loenen: 15 metres high
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    As my country is rather flat, there are not many waterfalls in streams and rivers in the Netherlands. But not far away from Apeldoorn you will find the ‘Niagara of the Veluwe’. This waterfall in the so called ‘Vrijenbergspreng’ has a fall of 15 metres (in 4 steps). As a matter of fact there is a second waterfall upstream with two steps and about 10 metres high.

    Both waterfalls are situated in a ‘spreng’, which is a dug water course. These man made artificial brooks on the Veluwe stream for kilometres from a dug spring with groundwater to the end, usually another (natural) river or canal.
    It is rather easily to recognise these ‘sprengen’: in the beginning (near the artificial spring) having often steep and deep slopes and always being as straight as possible

    The ‘Vrijenbergspreng’ - with the two waterfalls - was dug in 1825 and the water flew into the ‘Apeldoorns Kanaal’ to keep the water level high enough for shipping traffic. It has a length of about 6 km’s ands flows through a beautiful landscape.

    Information
    Both waterfalls are located close to the road between Beekbergen and Loenen, about 10 km’s south of Apeldoorn.

    Look out for the sign: “P waterval”. Accessible by, car, bike and bus (line 119 from Apeldoorn, stop ‘Vrijenberg’).

    The waterfall is about 200 metres from the car park; for the smaller one follow the ‘spreng’ upstream for about 1 1/2 km’s.

    There is no admission fee.

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    Castle ter Horst - medieval gem

    by vtveen Updated Aug 30, 2010

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    Castle ter Horst: idyllic situated
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    One of the most unknown sights in Apeldoorn is ‘Castle ter Horst’. It is situated in the village of Loenen, about 15 km’s south east of Apeldoorn. The castle was built in 1557 and during an alteration stables and coach houses were added to the premises. The orangery is even older than the castle and was used by the owners as a grain shed.

    The castle is surrounded by a moat and very impressive English gardens. In every season it is a pleasure to walk around. The castle is also an official wedding location and some of the rooms can be rented.

    Visitors can take a look inside the castle only with a guided tour. Most of them are on Mondays during June, July, August and September and on two Mondays in October. Check the times at the website.

    Information
    Address: Hoofdweg 74, Loenen (Veluwe)
    Directions: www.viamichelin.com
    Accessible: car or bike; public transportation by bus till Loenen and then a walk of 1 km.

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    De Ruitersmolen – historical monument

    by vtveen Updated Aug 28, 2010

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    The watermill ‘Ruitersmolen’ is one of the few historical monuments in the village of Beekbergen. The mill was built already in the year of 1606 and originally used as a paper mill. During that period there were a lot of paper mills on the Veluwe using the water, which flowed from the hills.

    In 1843 it became a flourmill, which was used even after World War II. After the closure of the mill the building - as so often with these kinds of monuments - deteriorated much and it became more or less a ruin. Fortunately a group of volunteers restored this old mill and it even can be used again. There is a fall of the water of 2,5 metres.

    Nowadays it is located in a nice setting of a stream (Beekbergse Beek), some mill ponds, woodland and a botanical garden next to the mill. The mill has a small shop and it is possible to get a drink.

    Information
    The mill can be visited the whole year on Tuesday and Thursday from 9.00 – 16.00 hours.
    From the end of June till September: Tuesday and Thursday 9.00 – 16.00 hours, Wednesday and Friday 10.00 – 17.00 hours, Saturday and Sunday 13.30 – 17.00 hours.

    Address: De Ruitersmolen Tullekensmolenweg 47 7361 EP Beekbergen, located about 6 km’s south of Apeldoorn; accessible by car or bike. Public transportation to Beekbergen and on foot about 1 ½ km’s.

    Directions: www.viamichelin.com

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    Beekbergen – the Old Church

    by vtveen Updated Aug 28, 2010

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    The Protestant Church in the village of Beekbergen is often called ‘De Oude Kerk’ (the Old Church). As a matter of fact it is the oldest constructional monument in our municipality. Although I passed the church many times, I didn’t realise the building being so old till I did read an article in our local paper.

    The history of the church is dating back till the year 800, when a first small wooden church was built on this spot. The church in its present shape dates from the 15th century; tuff stones of the oldest church have been used for the tower.
    The church has some very beautiful and interesting frescoes and murals (dating from the 16th and 15th century) and a couple of old tombstones. Unique is the organ of the church, built by Johann Schilling and donated by King William I to the church in Beekbergen.

    Information
    The church is located in the centre of the village - Kerkweg 35, 7361 BD Beekbergen (6 km’s south of Apeldoorn) and you can not miss it.
    Accessible by car or bike.
    Public transportation by bus, line 43 from Apeldoorn.
    Open for visitors: June, July, August and September, every Wednesday from 13.30 – 17.00 hours. During these opening hours are guides available and the organ will be played.

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    Hoog Buurlo – sheep village

    by vtveen Updated Aug 26, 2010

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    It must be one of the smallest villages in the world. Hoog Buurlo has only two houses, three inhabitants, two sheep folds and more than hundred sheep. The 'village' is situated on a hill in the middle of the forests of the Veluwe.

    The shepherd and his flock have to walk 500 metres before they reach the vast heath land of Hoog Buurlo. There is a lot of space in this hilly landscape, which is one of the most scenic in the country.

    The sheep are staying in a new sheep fold (opened January 2009) in Hoog Buurlo. It is now possible for the sheep to stay the whole year in this fold and to have their lambs here.

    Hoog Buurlo is only accessible by car or bike, about 10 km’s southwest of Apeldoorn.
    By car you have to use one of the car parks along the road and to walk to 'the 'village'. Or just make a walk over the heath.
    Directions: www.viamichelin.com

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    Hoog Soeren - 'mountain' village

    by vtveen Updated Aug 26, 2010

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    Hoog Soeren is situated about 5 km’s west of Apeldoorn and as we (often) go on our bikes to this village we have a constant climb till we reach the ‘mountain’ of Hoog Soeren, 100 metres above sea level.

    Its hilly scenery is unique for the Veluwe, also its location in the middle of vast woods. It is a great starting point for walks in the so-called “Kroondomeinen” (former in possession of the Dutch royal family). Be aware that parts of the wood are closed for the public from September 16 till December 26, to guarantee some rest to the deer and wild boar.

    Originally Hoog Soeren was a small village with some farmers and forestry workers. Nowadays it is a very quiet and notable neighbourhood with lots of beautiful homes situated among the forests. Only in the weekends things get going and sometimes even the main road in Hoog Soeren has (small) traffic jams.
    The village has quite an old chapel, still used for services and nowadays also for wedding ceremonies (http://www.kapel-hoogsoeren.nl/gebouwen-kapel.htm).

    Hoog Soeren has two hotels with a restaurant and a terrace; nice places for a cup of coffee or tea after a walk or bike tour. There is also a famous pancake restaurant (see 'restaurant' tip).

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    Wenum - Oranjemolen ('t Haasje)

    by vtveen Updated Aug 25, 2010

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    The only traditional wind mill of Apeldoorn - Oranjemolen or 't Haasje - is situated in the neighbourhood of Wenum, very close to the Wenume Water Mill. Driving the old road from Apeldoorn to Vaassen you have to pass the bridge close to the water mill and after 100 metres you see the wind mill on the right hand side, standing in a typical Dutch scenery with some meadows and edges of a wood.

    Of course the mill is standing on a small elevation, because it has to catch the wind. You can come very close to the mill, due to its location along a public road. The mill has been restored in 2007 and looks a lot better now. If you are lucky, as I was during my last 'photo visit', you may see the mill running.

    The present mill was built in 1840 in the village of Baambrugge and did replace the original mill on the same spot. The miller ‘Vorderman’ was one of the well known families of Apeldoorn.

    Directions
    Address: Marleweg 64, Wenum
    Directions: www.viamichelin.com
    Accessible by car or bike.

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    'Wenumse Watermolen' - power of water

    by vtveen Updated Aug 25, 2010

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    'Wenum Water Mill'

    In and around Apeldoorn, more or less along the Veluwe massif, once were lots of water mills. They used the power of the water, streaming through small brooks from the hills of the Veluwe to the rivers of Rhine and IJssel.
    People, living here, already built in the 13e century mills along this brooks. They were used for milling grain, striking oil from seeds, rolling copper and producing paper. Later on some of these mills were converted into laundries.

    The ‘Wenumse Watermolen’ is a typical example of this kind of mill history. Built in or even before the year 1313 it was first a grain mill. In the 18th century the mill was used as a copper mill. In 1917 the stone building (see picture) was built and the mill used again as a grain mill.

    After a restoration the mill is owned by the local council from 1972 and managed by volunteers. This original water mill is opened for visitors every first Saturday of a month from 10.00 – 16.00 hours (or on demand for groups). Check opening hours at the Tourist Information Office (www.vvvapeldoorn.nl).

    I don’t say a wrong word if telling you this is a very idyllic spot: the stone building with millstones, a brook, an old bridge and just opposite the mill a large pond (called 'wijerd'). Nowadays used by the locals for fishing. Close to this water mill is also Apeldoorn’s only wind mill.

    Directions
    The mill is situated in the neighbourhood of Wenum (Oude Zwolseweg 164), about 5 km’s north of Apeldoorn.
    The best way to visit is by (rental) bike or car.

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    Statue of King William I

    by vtveen Updated Aug 19, 2010

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    Another piece of 'Royal Apeldoorn'. This statue of King William I is situated on the Raadhuisplein in front of the old town hall of Apeldoorn and he is now overlooking the main shopping street of my hometown.

    King William I was one of the royal inhabitants of the palace Het Loo, after the decision of the government to put the palace at the disposal of the royal family. He often stayed in Apeldoorn.

    This statue is a remembrance of the 100th anniversary of the independence of the kingdom of the Netherlands and was a gift of citizens of Apeldoorn. It was unveiled on September 2 in 1913. It was made by the sculptor Pieter Puype.

    Directions
    The statue can be found on the Raadhuisplein, in the heart of the city.

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    Grote Kerk

    by vtveen Updated Aug 18, 2010

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    The Grote Kerk (Large Church) was built in 1892 on the foundations of an even older church of 1842 (financed by King Willem I).

    It is one of the oldest and largest churches in Apeldoorn and was and is a 'royal' church. Queen Wilhelmina often went to the Grote Kerk and nowadays there are still royal weddings and christening ceremonies.

    In front of the church is a statue of former Queen Wilhelmina.

    Open for visitors: Wednesday and Saturday afternoon from 1.30 - 3.30 pm (May till September).

    Directions
    Loolaan 16, Apeldoorn
    In walking distance from downtown Apeldoorn, just opposite the theatre 'Orpheus'.

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    Statue of Queen Wilhelmina

    by vtveen Updated Aug 18, 2010

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    Queen Wilhelmina in front of 'her' church
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    Queen Wilhelmina had a strong bond with Apeldoorn. She was often on Palace Het Loo and lived here until she died in 1962.

    Although the palace has its own chapel, she often went to church in the 'Grote Kerk'.
    In front of 'her' church you will find this statue, unveiled in 1998. It is a memory of the 100th anniversary of the coronation of Wilhelmina as queen of the Netherlands. On that particular moment she was just 18 years old.

    The statue is made by Greet Grottendieck, a sculptress living in Wenum Wiesel near Apeldoorn and was a gift of Rotary Apeldoorn.

    Directions
    Grote Kerk, Loolaan 16, Apeldoorn
    On walking distance of the city center of Apeldoorn.

    (See also: tip about the
    Grote Kerk and my shopping tip of a replica of this statue)

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    Oranjepark in springtime

    by vtveen Updated Aug 9, 2010

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    The Oranjepark is the main green oasis in the city and a haven of peace for the citizens of Apeldoorn.

    But in springtime it seems if a lot more people, students of a nearby school and photographers are attracted by the thousands of flowering bulbs. Crocusses are spread over in the whole park and in one corner of the park there are also a lot of daffodils.

    And on a nice sunny day it is just the feeling of 'SPRING IS IN THE AIR' !!!

    Crocusses are flowering around early March.

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