In ancient times the river "Waal" was they transportroute for the town and was the reason of economical wealthy times in the Hanze-treaty. Connected by water and so able to transport goods by boats, the exchange of products (in this case fruit, but also fruit-related products) went all through Europe.
Now-a-days the ships that go over the river Waal pass by on their route from Rotterdam to the Rur-area in Germany. Tiel's harbour is visited by some sailingboats and touristic yaughts as it is too small for industrial transport and there are no goods anymore to be loaded up and off ...
Fondest memory: Already quite long ago I was chatting and e-mailing with a girl / lady from Tiel. She called herself "Noortje", but that was actually het daughters name. Her own was the seldomly heared, even unique name, Jean Phille. Our writing eachother was always deep and pleasant, but we lost contact at one time. Anyway, here I want to show that I haven't forgotten about you and everytime that I am in Tiel ... I first remember you, Jean Phille. If ever you want to write and share that again ... please do!
Favorite thing: Tiel has a name to uphold, though it is on average a small town within the Netherlands. Just over 40.000 inhabitants it still is one of the older towns in our country and looks back on a relatively peaceful past. The last worldwar left it's scars, but the true battle was constantly against the rivers tides. A small settlement was already here in Roman times, that grew out to be a important member in the late Hanze-treaty and had quite some contacts with Eastsea-towns. Later Tiel became the centre of the fruit-industry, fed by the enormous fruit-production within the surrounding riverlands. "De Betuwe" jam was the best example in this activity. Now-a-days Tiel is slowly growing beacuse of it's geographical situation in the middle of the Netherlands. Most larger cities and economical centres are within a radius of 60 kilometres. The green environment invites many citypeople to start a living here.
The Fruitcorso is definately my favourite thing about Tiel.
See what they can make from some apples, tomatoes, sprouts and so on.