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    Zutphen - Librije: a hidden gem

    by vtveen Updated Nov 17, 2014

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    The ‘Librije’ is a unique 16th century public library in Zutphen and a REAL hidden gem:
    - it is hardly known by others than citizens of Zutphen
    - it is more or less hidden as ‘a part’ of the St. Walburga’s Church and even in the church the entrance is through a simple inconspicuous door.

    The public library was founded as a stronghold against the popularity of the Reformation around 1550. Two church-elders planned this reading room, convinced that people by reading the right books, they would be cured of their errors and become true believers of the Roman Catholic faith. The building of the ’Librije’ started in the year of 1561 and took three years to complete.
    The ‘Librije’ is one of the most important cultural monuments in the Netherlands and abroad, because there are only two other similar libraries: one in Italy (Cesena) and in Britain (Hereford).

    The interior of the reading room with its desks and beautiful decorated pillars didn’t change since the old days. Also the books are original ones and dating back to the 15th and 16th century. Many of the 300 books in the room are chained to the ‘lecterns’ and some newer ones (17th century) are in a bookcase.

    The ‘Librije’ is open for visitors during ‘summer season’ (couldn’t find exact information, but was told so during my visit) and special events. Entrance fee is € 4,00 (November 2014) for adults; which means a guided tour in the library and church. In the church is a small exhibition (text only in Dutch) about the library and art of printing and a booth selling postcards and books. There are leaflets in different languages.
    For opening hours better check their website > “Openingstijden”

    It is not allowed to take pictures inside the ‘Librije’, so I can not show you too much.

    Librije: reading room Part of the exhibition in the church Entrance to the St. Walburgiskerk en Librije
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    Vorden - Eight Castles Route

    by vtveen Written Oct 30, 2014

    The Eight Castles Route is the first signposted cycle route in the Netherlands and has existed since 1913. It was developed to celebrate 100 years of Kingdom of the Netherlands. The route is well signposted with yellow hexagonal plates. The local tourist office (VVV) has a nice booklet with a description and map of the bike ride.

    The cycle route passes through the countryside of Vorden along fields, meadows and forest, As the name says you will pass 8 castles (some of them seem more manors), many farms, one watermill and one windmill. Catering along the route is quite scarce, especially outside the summer season (as we noticed during our last trip end of October).

    The tour starts in Vorden (it is possible to rent bicycles: Profile Bleumink, Dorpstraat 12) and follows quiet rural roads, cycle paths (sometimes unpaved) and a few forest trails. The renewed Eight Castles Route with a length of 36 km is as flat as a pancake. It takes about 2 1/2 hours biking without stops.

    Most of the eight castles are still inhabited and therefore not open for visitors. The surrounding estates are often accessible for hikers. Some of the castles open their gardens on special occasions.

    The eight castles (in order of the bike trip):
    - Castle Hackfort: marked trail's, beautiful watermill
    - Castle Den Bramel: nice surrounding estate
    - Castle De Wildenborch: gardens a couple of times a year open to the public
    - Castle De Wiersse: visible from a distance, gardens are open several times a year; in the summer season guided tours inside the castle
    - Castle Het Medler: visible from very far away
    - Castle Het Onstein: visible from a distance
    - Castle Kieftskamp: visible from a distance
    - Castle Vorden: located nearby the village of Vorden, during events open to the public

    Achtkastelen route Castle Hackfort Castle Den Bramel Castle De Wildenborch Castle Vorden
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    Kootwijkerzand - shifting-sand

    by vtveen Updated Aug 20, 2013

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    This part of the Veluwe has an unique scenery with the biggest shifting-sand area of Europe. Surrounded by forests and just close to the very small village of Kootwijk, it is one of the most remote parts of the Netherlands. Therefore it is such a pity that tourist facilities, like camping sites and holiday parks are coming closer and closer to this unique spot.

    The only way to explore “Kootwijkerzand” is to walk. Personally we prefer to stroll around without using paths. It is such an amazing landscape, sometimes the sand is almost white, other parts are covered by moss or small pines. And always the sand is drifting in the wind and the landscape is constantly changing. Sometimes it seems to be a little Sahara, specially when temperatures in the sun reach 50 degrees Celsius !!

    If you don’t like to walk, just find a nice spot on one of the hills (they are called a ‘fort’) and just sit down and look around, see the living skies and enjoy this beautiful scenery.

    Kootwijk is within easy reach of the highway between Amersfoort and Apeldoorn. In the village turn left on the (only) junction; follow “Kerkendelweg” and turn right into “Houtzagersweg”. At the end of the sealed road is a car park. Go through a small gate and walk for about 500 metres straight on. Suddenly you will reach this huge sandbox. Stroll around, but just take care you don’t get lost and can not find your way out !!

    (on the road between Kootwijk and Harskamp is a car park with a short sign posted track, but we don’t like that part too much, because it is ‘overcrowded’).

    Directions: www.viamichelin.com

    Sand hills everywhere North Sea coast, Sahara......no Kootwijkerzand living skies one tree left the scenery is always changing
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    Zaltbommel: more than ‘gutter ghosts’

    by vtveen Written Oct 25, 2012

    Zaltbommel is quite an old city: dating back to 850 AD, at which time it was a small settlement, called “Bomela”. In 1231 the settlement was given municipal rights by Count Otto II van Gelre. The ramparts and fortifications of the town date back to those days.

    Zaltbommel is located in the province of Gelderland and although I live in the same province it didn’t feel like ‘my’ province when visiting. It is quite different from the other parts and does look more like Brabant.

    As very often we made a town walk through the old part – surrounded by the former ramparts and the river Waal – of the city. We started our walk at the city hall, where you also will find the tourist information center (TRIP). We bought a small leaflet ‘Wandelroute’, which is also available in English and German.

    During our walk of about 1 1/2hours we did see a lot of interesting buildings and other things:
    - the city hall from the 18 th century
    - - a lot of old houses, among them the oldest of Zaltbommel from the year of 1400.
    - lots of nice and interesting details on houses and doors
    - several so called ‘gutter ghosts’ (gootspoken)
    - the city castle (open from 13.00 – 17.00 hours; closed on Monday)
    - St. Maartens Church with its 70 meters high tower (for visiting hours better ask the tourist office)
    - the quaint church square with the Gouverneurshuis (1550)
    - Waterpoort, the only remaining g city gate of Zaltbommel
    - the former fish market
    - the promenade along the river Waal
    - the old ramparts and moat
    - and much more ….

    When walking around you will pass a lot of local owned shops and cafes and restaurants for a bite or a drink.

    Zaltbommel: gutter ghost Zaltbommel: city hall Zaltbommel: entrance to the city castle Zaltbommel: Waterpoort (Water Gate) Zaltbommel: St. Maartens Church
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    Groenlo, walking in a fortified city

    by vtveen Updated Nov 11, 2011

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    The Netherlands has quite a lot of fortified cities. Some of them are well known (mostly located in the western part of the country), but there is one which is more or less unknown as such.
    That is the city of Groenlo in the eastern part of the Netherlands (close to Germany).

    Groenlo – which has been known through the centuries as Groonloo, Gronlo and Grol – was founded around the year 610 and was awarded city rights in 1277. The city is mainly famous for its illustrious history. It played a prominent role in the Eighty Year War between the Netherlands and Spain. In 1627 the battle for Grol, fought between the troops of Prince Frederik Henrik and the Spanish, put the town at the centre of the action.

    The best way to explore the history of this fortified city is to walk around or even better by following a signposted walk through the town. Best thing is to get the brochure ‘Vestingstad Wandeling’ at the local VVV-office (Mattelierstraat). During my last visit - July 2011 – they didn’t have information in English, but the brochure has a map. The VVV-building houses also the City Museum, a good start for your visit.

    The walk brings you to the ramparts (with replica cannons), bulwarks and the city moat, but also to all other interesting historical sights in Groenlo;
    - Old Calixtus Church: the oldest building in town
    - City farm (dating back from the 17th century)
    - Calixtus Church, with an interesting interior
    - City Hall from the 16th century
    - Market Square
    - Brouwery De Klok, ‘birthplace’ of the famous Dutch Grolsch Beer.

    Opening hours
    For opening hours of the Tourist Information (VVV) office in Groenlo, see:
    http://www.vvvoostgelre.nl/bekijk_op_google_maps/vvvs/oost_gelre/

    Groenlo - cannon on a rampart Groenlo - moat Groenlo - city farm Groenlo - market square Groenlo - Calixtus Church, altar
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    Kröller-Müller Museum

    by RusskiPower Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Superlative modern art museum near the village of Otterlo, Gelderland Province.

    It houses a stellar Vincent Van Gogh collection, with 93 paintings and 183 drawings, plus superb works by Seurat, Monet, Gauguin, Picasso, Gris, Courbet, Corot, Millet, Mondrian.

    To top it off, it is located in the centre of the National Park De Hoge Veluwe, the original royal hunting grounds.

    More pictures here: Culture-Vulture And Gourmet Drives On 3 Continents

    St. Hubertusslot by Berlage
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    Ooijpolder – fascinating Dutch landscape

    by vtveen Updated Dec 23, 2010

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    Although most of the polders are in the western part of the country, the Ooijpolder (and some other polders) are stretching from Nijmegen till the German town of Emmerich. On one side surrounded by the rivers Waal and Rhine and on the ‘land’ side by the hills of ‘Beek’ and ‘Ubbergen’.

    We started our biketour at the so called Hollandsch-Duitsch Gemaal. This pumping-station was built in 1933 and is still responsible for draining away the water from the German polders into the river Waal.
    Our route follows the signs (ANWB) of the ‘Ooij route’ and it was very easy to find our way.

    Main parts of the trip we were biking on the dikes, which meant we had great views of the beautiful scenery of meadows, agricultural land, orchards and wetlands with the typical willows. But most impressive are the numerous ponds, pools, small canals and the river Rhine and Waal with everywhere a lot of water birds.
    In the small village of Kekerdom we followed the signs to the ‘Millinger Theetuin’ and entered the nature park of the Millingerwaard with swamps, wetlands and river dunes. The track is unsealed and sometimes rather bad. You might encounter Polish Konik horses and Scottish Galloway cows.
    Follow the bike track along the river Waal and you will see the ‘Ooij route’ signs again, which we followed back to our car.

    We passed some remnants of the IJssel Linie (old line of defence dating back from the Cold War), several dike houses and a couple of quaint old villages. Before heading to Ooij make a detour to the ‘old’ church and the remnants of Castle Ooij (dating back to 1184). Persingen, almost at the end of the route, is supposed to be the smallest village of the Netherlands with a church (15th century), a former guesthouse ‘de Bonte Os’ and a couple of houses.

    This bike tour is 48 km’s long and with a couple of stops an ideal day trip through a really fascinating Dutch landscape.

    Ooijpolder - water everywhere Ooij - remnants of Castle Ooij Ooijpolder - along the bike track Ooijpolder - Persingen, smallest village Ooijpolder - Hollandsch-Duitsch Gemaal
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    Acquoy

    by OlafS Updated Nov 4, 2004

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    Acquoy is a tiny village with a tiny church. There is little that reminds of the time that it was a barony. That's long ago, and baron of Acquoy, or better: baroness, is nothing more than one of the many titles of the queen.

    The village is nice, with cute old houses standing on a dyke and orchards wherever you look. In Spring this must be a lovely place. The most important sight however is the tower of the church. If you want to see a leaning tower and don't want to go to Pisa, here is one. It was built so badly that it was never finished. The original church was destroyed in a storm in 1674.

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    Nijmegen

    by OlafS Written Nov 2, 2004

    Nijmegen is the oldest city of The Netherlands (and NOT the oldest of Holland, as some people will suggest), but unfortunately proof of this can only be seen in a museum. War and post-war reconstruction have taken a huge toll of the city, but there are a few very nice spots, like the Valkenbergpark, where you can see the remnants of German emperor Barbarossa's castle.

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    Arnhem

    by OlafS Written Nov 2, 2004

    The provincial capital is well known world wide for the battle that took place here in September 1944. During the war much of the town was destroyed, and reconstruction afterwards resulted in some really ugly buildings. See my page about Arnhem to see what I have to say about it.

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    Tiel

    by OlafS Written Nov 2, 2004

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    My birthplace. Perhaps quite a boring place if you have to live there for your entire life, but I escaped when I was 20 and therefore I still like it. Much of the town was destroyed in the closing months of World War Two, but there are still a few old buildings left, like the church of St. Maarten. You'll also find a museum here about the fruit processing industry that once was very important here.

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    Harderwijk

    by OlafS Written Nov 2, 2004

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    Most tourists who visit this town come for the Dolfinarium, a "zoo" with sea animals only. Nice, but I couldn't spent a whole day there. Thankfully the town itself is quite nice too. Old city walls and gates, churches and houses; everyone who likes old places will enjoy this one.

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    Another beautiful old building in Arnhem.

    by Waalewiener Written Jan 1, 2004

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    This is a restored 15 Century old house where the '' Mayor of Arnhem '' used to live ,and the name of the Mayor was '' Bernt van de Presickhaeve ''(what a name eh).
    The house has been restored several times and has been used as a coffee house before.

    Old Mayor's House.

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    This is an example of old and new Architecture.

    by Waalewiener Updated Jan 1, 2004

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    In this picture you see a good example how old and new goes hand in hand ,on the left there is part of the old City Hall building and in the center the new and modern City Hall building ,and on the right
    there is the St -Walburgis Church.
    An interesting thing to see how old and new can go together.

    City Hall & Church.

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    The '' Maarten van Rossem '' or '' Devil's House '

    by Waalewiener Written Dec 29, 2003

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    This is a 16 th Century of a Dutch ''Gelders Veldheer ''also called the ''Devil's House '' because of the stone devillish looking men in the renaissance gavel of this house .This house was used as part of the City Hall since 1830.

    Maarten van Rossem House.

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