Elst Travel Guide

  • Pear trees
    Pear trees
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  • The murder cross of Elst
    The murder cross of Elst
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    Stt, Ilja is asleep, little seals...
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Elst Things to Do

  • Local "Walk of Fame"

    "Walk of Fame" with handprints of former Princes of the Carnival. The local prince always adopts a ridiculous name, such as Prins Rob de Geteckelde ...

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  • Grote of St. Maartenskerk

    Grote of St. Maartenskerk, fifteenth century church - outside the church an outline can be found of the Romanesque church ; there are even remains here of a Roman temple complex, 1st or 2nd century AD (which we did not get to see...)

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  • Look towards the north from Elst

    Looking north from Elst - towards the higher grounds of the Veluwe. In our relatively flat country, the Veluwe stands out as a high plain (with "heights" up to 110 meters in the Nationaal Park Veluwezoom)...

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  • Het Gelders Paard

    Het Gelders Paard - by Marcus Ravenswaay. Elst is known throughout the region for its annual horse fair (first Monday in September).

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  • Church of Elst, a whole own style

    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...

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  • The apple, pear or/and cherryblossom.

    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...

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    by Pavlik_NL Written Feb 5, 2003

    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.

    A perfect example of an Elstar-apple

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Elst Transportation

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    by Pavlik_NL Written Sep 21, 2003

    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.

    Little trains connecting Elst with Tiel

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Elst Local Customs

  • The famous horsemarket always present

    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".

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  • The centuries old horse and ponymarket...

    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...

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Elst Warnings and Dangers

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    by Pavlik_NL Written Feb 5, 2003

    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.

    Bidding, the old fashioned way.

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Elst Off The Beaten Path

  • Murder cross of Elst

    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...

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  • Off the beaten track, in between Arnhem...

    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.

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  • ... with modern famous industry

    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...

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  • Elst, ancient settlement between the...

    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...

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