The main church of Elst is visible over a far distance from all approaching sides. This because of the flat landscape (riverlands) but also because it's hight and shape are very special. The buildingstyle holds somewhere the middle of romanic and gothic influences, but makes up a wonderful balanced endresult.In the second worldwar, after the...more
In sprintime this area is most beautiful. When all trees are showing of their pretty blossom and their scent is filling the air. Bikingtours are organised along the most beautiful spots and when the first springsun is warming the riverlands, the joy of biking around the blossoming trees is unbeatable and would be the first thing I miss in a foreign...more
Elst is famous for it's fruits and in spring we enjoy the deliscious strawberries and cherries from this village. Then in summertime the apples follow and later again the pears. Hmmm, healthy candy from nature.
The Elstar apple baes the name of the village where from it originates in it: Elst.
Travelling to Elst is easiest by train. In it's centre it has a small, but comfortable station that offers direct access to and from Arnhem, Nijmegen and Tiel. Frequent services make train to Elst the best choice to visit the town, though it also is easy to reach by car or bus.
The famous horse (and pony) market of Elst has become so famous that the authorities here wanted to give it a more permanent presence in town. In the square in from of the church one finds a statue that shows the love towards this yearly event and that also shows the traditional way of selling "clapping hands".more
Already in 10th century there is proove of Elst being an important tradingplace for cattle in general and horses especial. The market excisted already then. Since 1883 every year the horse and ponymarket draws hundred's of farmers from a wide range to Elst. Every first Monday in September this tradition is returning to Elst and visiting it is...more
If going to the horse- and ponymarket in Elst, then you will see farmers slapping their hand together. Think before entering this "game" as you might be going home with a nice new horse or pony - hahaha.
It's the oldfashioned way of bidding for a animal. Looking at it might make you laugh and indeed, it's funny to watch for a while. The tradition goes back many centuries and is still happening in Elst on the first Monday in September.
In the fields outside Elst, along a road that I take every day to work, is an ancient stone cross. This cross is a so called murder cross, erected by the family of a murderer to ease the pain of the family of the person that was murdered. Before these times bloodrevenge was still a habit, which actually ment that one could murder someone from the...more
Elst between the larger towns Arnhem and Nijmegen is falling in their shade. But still, it is the centre of attention within the riverlands itself and on bikingtours a perfect place to take a rest in the shade of the wonderful Saint werenfried-churchtower.more
Ever heared of Heinz? Ever heared of tomatoeketchup? Well, here in Elst is one of the largest factories that manufactures this red deliscious sauce. Heinz is already connected to Elst for a whole century and exports the ketchup throughout the whole world. For me always a funny thing to put ketchup on my hamburger in the States, to find out that the...more
Long long time ago, people already settled in Elst. Only recently many graves of the Batavians have been discovered near the Elster churchtower of Saint Werenfried. This tower is very typical in it's architecture and a beautiful sight at night when it is brightly aluminated. Rijkerswoerdse Plassen is just on the territory of Elst manucipal and not...more