In the town center of Druten opposite of the Church. This used to be the stop for a little train, that drove here in the early 1900's.
Nowadays it's a meetingpoint for locals to eat, hang out, dart, biljart and sit on the terrace.
It is also often used as a resting place for cycling tourists.
In our town we have a fair on the first thursday after All Soul's Day. in the 1800's Druten was very isolated in the Netherlands lying between rivers Maas and Waal it was difficult to travel and trade cows, horses etc.
Therefor Druten had (by King William I desicion) the right to organize three markets per year. One in the second half of april, one on the first thursday of september and of course this one.
Nowadays there are enough possiblities to buy and sell cattle. So these markets are long gone now, except for "Leste Mert". It s a long tradition and will be kept for the 188th time I believe in november.
Today you can buy all kinds of stuff besides cattle and it's a great excuse to get drunk again.
Land van Maas en Waal
Link to my:Land van Maas en Waal Travelogue
Look at this great satelite picture to see, why the area where I live is called: Land van Maas en Waal.
You see the three main Dutch rivers:
1. Rhine (Above)
2. Waal (Middle)
3. Maas (down)
I live exactly in the middle of this picture.
The town Nijmegen is the big purple area on the right side of the picture.