Culemborg Travel Guide

  • Culemborg
    by FlyingDutchmen
  • Culemborg
    by FlyingDutchmen
  • Culemborg
    by FlyingDutchmen

Culemborg Things to Do

  • The Culemborg Lion

    The Culemborg Lion in front of the town hall. I'll grade this one for ferocity, in my opinion it's a grade B.

  • Elisabeth Orphanage Museum, Protectors'...

    At the Culemborg Orphanage Museum, the Protectors' Room, this is where the Protectors of the orphanage would meet to discuss matters of interest. Portrets of benefactors, and antique furniture. According to one anecdote, a Protector would sometimes enter the orphan's dining hall while the children were having dinner, and they were then made to...

  • Bird watching in Culemborg - Egyptian...

    Bird watching in the moat that runs along the ancient city walls. This is an Egyptian goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus), in Dutch it is called 'nijlgans'. We didn't know anything about this animal. It turns out that it is not indigenous in the Netherlands, but we've read that a couple of these birds were held in captivity in the 1960s and escaped. They...

  • For next time: Castle history

    There are only foundations left of the castle. Johan II, Lord of Culemborg started this castle around 1350. The last of his line was Lady Elisabeth who died in 1555, childless. The castle then came into the hands of the Pallandt family (1555-1639) and then it was turned over to the Waldeck Pyrmont dynasty (1639-1724). During the Pallandt rule,...

  • For next time: Fransche School

    This is now a theatre but was built in 1846 to house a school for the poor. It was also meant to be used as flood location where the citizens could find safe refuge if the city was flooded. One of the doors is built halfway the wall, so that you could get a boat alongside and step right in.

  • For next time: Museum Elisabeth Weeshuis...

    The orphanage was set up out of the heritage of Elisabeth van Culemborg and it now is a museum and library.Elisabeth van Culemborg and her husband Anthonis van Lalaing were Lord and Lady of Culemborg.The permanent exposition at the museum is about the social care in Culemborg some 50-100 years ago.

  • For next time: The castle garden...

    The Kasteeltuin (castle garden) is a garden which used to belong to the castle of which only foundations are left.It is only open on Saturdays from 1 April to 1 October or on appointment. There is an exhibition space where you can see foundation finds.

  • Binnenpoort 3

    On the right side of the Binnenpoort you will see these commemorative stones showing how the water height and floods. Dykes would often break around Culemborg.

  • Binnenpoort 2

    When you look right of the Binnenpoort before you go through it into the town center, you'll see this lovely little see through. Note the window and how it rests on wooden beams.But there's more (see next tip).

  • Binnenpoort

    A gate from the 14th century but only the lower part is still from that age. In 1557 (still respectably old!) the gate was topped with a tower and belfry. It is a lovely way to enter Culemborg through this gate with left and right a narrow canal with a lovely see through scene (see next tip).

  • Jan van Riebeeckhuis

    In this house Jan van Riebeeck is said to be born in the beginning of the 17th century. Certain is that his grandfather lived here.Jan van Riebeeck was founder of the Dutch colony (Cape colony / Kaapkolonie) in South Africa.What else can be said about this house? Its name is De Fonteyn (Fountain) and it was built about 100 yrs before Van Riebeeck...

  • Town hall

    It's rather logical to start with the town hall, it being the most outstanding building in this place.For centuries the town council had its meetings here. In the cellar was the Meat house or Weigh house which is now used for expositions and small functions.In the "Burgerzaal" there are weddings but this is where the town council used to meet....


Culemborg Restaurants

  • Right next to the marina

    Right next to the 'Culemborg Marina' and the local camp site - must be alive with tourists and yachts in summer! We visited in February 2010. On the border of the province of Gelderland. If you cross the river Lek on this spot - there's a (car) ferry within walking distance - you'll end up in the province of Utrecht. We had cappuccino, a...

  • Taverne Monopole

    I think the most local place in Culemborg, just behind the town hall is Taverne Monopole. A dark, panelled pub with little tables to have a meal. As we were with a larger group, we sat at the pool table which was covered and set up as dinner table.Very simple Dutch menu which can be quite comforting as you know what you'll get.Relaxed pub. Quite...

  • Vietnamese spring rolls

    In The Netherlands you will often find stalls where you can buy spring rolls. Also in Culemborg. Tasted good too! One freshly deepfried spring roll costs € 0,75 with either sweet or hot sauce (or both).


Culemborg Transportation

  • Ferry across the Lek river

    Culemborg is located at the South bank of the Lek river. To cross the river you can take the ferry at the Culemborg Veerweg to the Veerweg at the village of Schalkwijk at the North bank.Business hours:Mo-Sa: 6:30AM - 10:30PMSu: 9AM - 10:30PM

  • Parking

    Parking your car is well organised in Culemborg. When you enter the town you are directed to free parking space (at the edge of town but at walkable distance from the center) or to paid parking spaces.Parking on the street costs € 0,90 per hour from 9-18 hrs and Fridays until 21.00 hrs.Most part of the center is pedestrian area. The tourist signs...

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Culemborg Shopping

  • Bakery

    This bakery, on Markt square was very busy. Probably because they sell a lot of very nice bread here. There is a coffee corner too. To be honest, I first made this picture because of the dog in front. My pet is an Airedale terrier too and its bark was just the same!

  • Dutch coffee machine

    You'll find more info on the Dutch coffee machine Senseo Crema in the tips on my Netherlands page.I just thought it funny that they made a giant inflatable one! A Senseo Crema machine costs less than € 70

  • Digital photo shop

    If you need your digital photo's on a cd-rom or have them printed: this is possible within an hour at this photoshop.The shop is not on this picture but situated directly outside on the left side of the photo. Well assorted shop for digital camera's and more mainstream photography necessities. For 10 photo's (15x10 cm) and an 15x20cm enlargement...


Culemborg Local Customs

  • Papklok (porridge bell)

    This tip is a matter of interest to me as I am a bell ringer in my hometown Brielle.The Barbara church built before 1310 has a tower of which the top was burned down after a lightning bolt. It is now called the Square Tower (Vierkante Toren).Up to this day the Porridge Bell rings just before 22.00 hrs to warn citizens that the gates of the city...

  • An old Dutch saying explained...

    "Aan de kaak stellen" is an old Dutch saying that means to denounce or expose something. A "kaak" is a pillory.On the corner of the town hall there is still a pillory well intact where convicted criminals were put on show. I didn't try it out for 2 reasons: one was that the thing was really low which can either mean that people then were short but...

  • Vismarkt (Fishmarket) and scary tale

    This building now houses an antique shop. Fish was brought here and sold from 1788 to 1940. Although it was not there when I made this picture, there is usually a stone table in front of it which is said to have been used as an operating table in a hospital but other stories say it comes from a mortuary at the cemetary on the Achterweg.A nightmare...


Culemborg Warnings and Dangers

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    by ATLC Written Apr 5, 2003

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    On a Friday it is obviously necessary to have some extra police around. There are numerous pubs and two coffeeshops that I saw. And quite a bit of youth hanging around although that was not in anyway threatening.

    Or maybe the police were just airing the horses?

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Culemborg Off The Beaten Path

  • Blue house in Koestraatje

    I turned into a little street and saw this very old nice house. I think the main living area must be on the 1st floor because the ground floor looks rather low.

  • Medieval tax office

    The "caffagium" (tax office) from the Middle Ages. Situated south of but not part of the cloister Mariencroon.In 1455 a fund was founded for the poor. The caffagium came into posession of this foundation called "Armenpoth" in 1549 to extend it's distribution to the poor.

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Culemborg Favorites

  • Duration of visit

    Culemborg is a small town which will merit a visit of half a day to a day, depending on which monuments you visit.If you just walk around, admire, and do a little shopping, then half a day should be enough. Culemborg is a walled fortified town. Just inside the walls you'll find parking spaces. You can also walk around the. This part is just behind...

  • Tourist Information office and windmill

    The tourist information office is opposite this windmill.However, you may find it to be closed. In that case you can get a free city walk brochure at the large bookstore on the market square. Molen De Hoop (The Hope) is a stone windmill built in 1853. It is owned by the city of Culemborg and was restored in 1993. The windmill works every Saturday.

  • An independent state!

    For a very long time, Culemborg was an independent state, comparable with San Marino or the Vatican. It had its own law, coins etc. Once, there was a powerful castle in Culemburg, but almost all of it has gone. But you can still take a look at the site.


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