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Garderen Things to Do

  • Sandsculptures part I

    Combined with the sculpture garden, you will find the sandsculptures. From the register you will walk a route along the sculptures. Each one are really well done. Each year there is a different theme for the sculptures. This year (2014) the theme is Experience the golden age. All important figures and events from the Netherlands are showed:...

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  • Ouwerdorperhoeve part I

    The present owners bought the buildings several years ago: the main house (a farmhouse), shed, bathroom and a well. The main house was build in 1867. All the buildings needed to be restored, which the owners did. They transformed it to its original standing - even the bathroom that was burned down. The owners used to be vets when they bought the...

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  • Historical farmhouses of Garderen

    "Schaapskooien" sheepscages, they are called and Garderen has still many of them. History recalls that the Veluwe was in agriculture a wasteland. Only sheeps could be kept here and so they were. On the heatherfields they grazed the little grass that was growing and thus prevented the heatherfields from being turned into simple meadows. Around and...

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  • Some different kinds of souvenirs

    In Garderen there are an astonishing amount of antique and decorative stuff stores. As well outside as inside the village core one can find several (and that on a few hundred inhabitants). This has no doubt something to do with the people that visit every year: tourists. The want to bring something typical home and souvenirs like wooden shoes or...

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  • The church: centre of the community

    Like in Otterlo, the centre of the village community is definately the church. Less now-a-days then a century ago, when a church leader (pastoor or dominee) was as powerful as the political leader in the area. Still, in these Veluwe villages religion is stronger then in the larger towns. Especially in The Netherlands, the importance of the church...

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  • The main tourist attraction: the...

    On the Veluwe, like in every other part of the Netherlands, wind is blowing (almost) every day. Here however one doesn't need a windmill to drain the land. Here the windmill is used for a purpose that is worldwide: the grinding of granes. The windmill of Garderen can be called the main tourist attraction for two reasons. One is that the windmill...

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Garderen Local Customs

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    A statue for a reforming pelgrim

    by Pavlik_NL Written Jan 18, 2004

    In The Netherlands reformations of the Roman Catholic church came swiftly and everywhere. Garderen became a centre of the turnaround that was initially brought by the great reformers like Martin Luther and Calvin (no, not Klein!). In Garderen Jan Gerritsz Verstege was known for it's work in this terrain. He brought the new religion to the Veluwe and started from Garderen. In front of the church a statue recalls his work in a remote area of The Netherlands, where - as you can see, also missionary work was done. Jan was chaplan hete from 1544 until 1549 and wrote a book about his days on the Veluwe, called "De Leeken Wechwijzer" (the roadsign for the unwise)

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Garderen Off The Beaten Path

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    A dark place, but when the sun comes

    by Pavlik_NL Written Jan 18, 2004

    Far away from everything and still a centre of intrest. Garderen is for us Dutch one of the villages on the Veluwe where we would love to spend a family holiday. Especially with children, camping is great. For foreigners, except a load of German campers, the Veluwe is quite of the beaten path. One races to the national park and it's Kroller Muller-museum and back again to Amsterdam. A pitty, meeting the real Dutch is rather unlike in these bigger towns.

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    A monumental old farmhouse in the centre

    by Pavlik_NL Written Jan 18, 2004

    Favorite thing: Garderen is an isolated village in the Veluwe-hills. Halfway Arnhem and Harderwijk, it has it's own character and quite a few centuries of history. The village is now a popular destinations for thousands of tourists (often Dutch and some German) that enjoy the natural surroundings of Garderen. It's a great spot to start walks or bikingtours through the forests.

    Fondest memory: Some memories yet have to be made

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