The waterwheel is an original from a watermill that once stood in this place. The watermills in Beek were of various purpose, that could be for grinding granes, but also to automate laundry washing as well as the making of paper. These industries are now all gone, but tourism in these truely beautiful hills and near the town Nijmegen, has brought...more
Rising over the chapel, the present Bartholomeus church is a magnificent building that towers over all other buildings in the village of Beek-Ubbergen. The towers even compete with the surrounding hills. The mixture of styles in the architecture still knows to make one image that doesn't have any ugliness in it. The many red and few yellowish...more
The described walk in this "Must see activities" is starting on the Rijksstraatweg near the manucipality hall of Beek and going from there uphill through the creek's valley to return down the road downhill and end in the centre of the village. Here we again meet a laundry lady that stand next to the fountains on the main square. She is carrying a...more
Nijmegen, the oldest town in the Netherlands, was a Roman outpost surrounded by a settlement in the beginning of our year's counting. Already in the year 111 A.D. it got it's cityrights. Another early important place was Xanten in Germany and between these twons a road was made. This "Via Romana" has left until this day reminders and parts of the...more
In the centre of Beek a large green square is pressed in between the large church and the main road. In the green old graves are sticking out above the grass surrounding a small stone building. This is the old Batholomeus chapel. A remarkable little building that survived many centuries and dates back to early medieval times. The chapel now-a-days...more
Behind the valley the natural park under protection of the Foundation of Gelderland Landscape rises up further onto the hills that are around 75 meters high at their top. From here beautiful views between the trees are offered onto the wide flat fields of the Ooij-polder (see also my pages about "Persingen" and "Ooij"). Here one can see very well...more
At the end of the valley and the creek, just on top of the "sprengkop" (well's head) a very special tree needs your attention. This enormous big chestnut tree is the biggest tree in the Netherlands and is nicknamed the "kabouter-boom" (dwarf's tree). Chestnuts are not a local tree, but already well known for many centuries. The romans brought the...more
The creek is natural and still artificial. The water flows out from a "sprengkop" (= well's head) which is actually a hole that was dug here by mankind. As the natural waterlevels within the Beek-Ubbergen hills is relatively high and soft and hard ground layers are situated on top of eachother, the water stores in pockets inside the hills. Whenever...more
Behind the water wheel and the statue of a lady that does the laundry in a little pond that is filled with the clear creek water (don't forget, the word creek in Dutch is "Beek"), starts a walk through a wonderful valley. The valley is following the water's flow in a green valley where high chestnut trees are rising up. the valley's floor is filled...more
This restaurant is in the centre of beek and invites the hikers that return from the hills and forests for a nice drink, a little (or larger) bite or a full dinner. De Witte (The White) is already present many years and can be easily called a natural pelgrims resting place in Beek-Ubbergen.
Beek-Ubbergen is situated along the ancient road that leads from Nijmegen to Xanten and was built by the Romans. This Via Romana is now-a-days appointed by signs and can be followed from Nijmegen. Is this to difficult, then just take the direction of Kleve in Nijmegen itself and the road will lead you along Beek-Ubbergen.
Many people that live in Beek Ubbergen have something with gardening. This already Dutch item is taken very seriously here, also because of the natural environment itself as well as the seize of many gardens around stately houses and mansions. In the spring season often many people also put flowers outside in the garden, on the balcony or in the window panes, bringing a pretty bouquet of colours into the streets.
Beek Ubbergen was and is, because of it's natural splendour and beautiful environment, became quite attractive for richer town people in Nijmegen to start building their large homes and mansions in these surroundings in the last two centuries. Therefore driving around these neighbourhood will result in some occasional ooh's and aah's when a...more
Nijmegen bridge played a key role in the Market Garden operations to shorten the second war and finish it before Cristmas and send the boys home. Sadly the daring operation became a disaster ending in the dramatic battle of Arnhem, where the allied forces had to admit that they went "a bridge to far". Near Nijmegen parachutists of the American...more
2 Reviews and Opinions
The manucipality house is first of all for the citizens of Beek and Ubbergen, the twin manucipality in these hills. these two villages have grown against one another and now-a-days form one whole. Of course, also visitors are welcome to put their question on the desk and often can be helped in an instant. The official VVV (tourist information centre) is however in Nijmegen, since in the Netherlands these centres have been centralised within the regions. For specific tourist info one should thus first head to the big town, to later return to Beek and vicinity. Sad, complicated, but in some cases ... necessary.
Fondest memory: Beek-Ubbergen is a beautiful place where we as a family go to enjoy some walking in the natural splendour of the little creek's valley. In the right season when the valley ground is a green carpet with white little blossoming flowers, this place is just magical.