Zaltbommel Travel Guide

  • Zaltbommel
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  • Zaltbommel
    by FlyingDutchmen
  • Waterpoort, Zaltbommel, Netherlands 2010
    Waterpoort, Zaltbommel, Netherlands 2010
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Zaltbommel Things to Do

  • Maarten van Rossumhuis

    I already mentioned Maarten van Rossum in my Arnhem page. This warlord from the 16th century had a house in that city, but he also had one in Zaltbommel. And like that other house it's quite nice, a combination of Gothic constructional principles and Renaissance details. The man was a total piece of scum, no doubt about that, and he only ever came...

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  • St. Maarten church

    It seemed I had chosen just the right time to visit this town. The sun nicely lit the front of this big Gothic church, revealing many of its details. This is one of the most important and best preserved Gothic churches of this part of the country. It even survived World War Two without a scratch, unlike most churches in the area. The church...

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  • Gasthuiskapel

    Apart from the one of the big St. Maarten another tower graces the Zaltbommel skyline. This tower is part of the chapel of the former hospital ('gasthuis' in Dutch), a big old complex in the heart of Zaltbommel. The hospital has been turned into apartments and people are still trying to find a new public use for the chapel.

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  • Watergate

    Only one town gate is left, this one facing the river Waal. It's nothing fancy, but still quite nice. Judging from the picture it is a small miracle that it survived anyway, being too narrow for heavy traffic.

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  • The town hall

    Or better: the former town hall. Unfortunately the local counsil decided that it needed a new town hall and now they are trying to sell the old one. Its current shape dates from 1760-1763 when an earlier building was rebuilt in Classical style. The balcony with the double stairs is older and dates from 1724.

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  • Maarten van Rossem museum

    This was built in 1535 by an army captain Maarten van Rossem. It's got a bit of a renaissance feel to its late gothic architecture. The little towers make it rather grand but also like a defense object. Besides museum, it is also a non-official tourist information office.

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  • Maarten van Rossem museum

    Opening hours:Tue-Fri 10.00 - 12.30 and 13.30 - 16.30.1 April to 30 September on Sat. and Sun. 14.00 - 16.30, 1 October t/m 31 Marchop only Sun. 14.00 - 16.30 uur, and on Sat. only for expositions.

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  • Catholic church

    The St. Maarten's church has been protestant for ages, so the catholics built a new one of their own when they had the chance in 1837. They called it St. Martinus, dedicated to the same patron saint only spelled a bit more "classy", which was the trend in much of the 19th century. This church is a typical example of a late neo-Classical church. It...

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  • Church of St Maarten

    This is the main church in Zaltbommel. It was built in the 13th century. It was built on the foundations of an earlier 11th century church. During the weekends you can also go inside to take a look. The church is opened from 1 to 4. From april to october it is also open to visits on weekdays.

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  • second Jewish Cemetary

    This is also a Jewish cemetary, and it is located just a few meters away from the first one. It was used from 1786 to 1830. About 120 people are burried here and only a few grave stones still remain. In 1810 Napolean ordered that noone could be burried within the city walls. Therefor a third cemetary had to be built. You are not allowed to enter...

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  • First Jewish Cemetary

    This is the first Jewisj cemetray in the city. The raised earth was a burieal place that was in use from 1748 to 1786. It is believed that some 50 people are burried here on top of each other. The burieal site is loacted in the botanical gardens. You are asked not to walk on to of it, in respect to the dead.

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  • Mispelhof Botanical Gardens

    These gardens give a pretty clear example of the plants and flowers you will find in this part of the country. There are over 150 plants from the river area. The whole garden is made up of several smaller areas. For instance they recreated a piece of river bank. The name of these gardens, Mispelhof is derived from the local tree the mispel, which...

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  • Fortifications

    Zaltbommel used to be a fortified town. And you cans till see the remains of these fortifications. Around the city center you'll see a lot of the old city walls. But it is also nice to walk around the old moats and dikes. They have been transformed to parks. From there you can have a nice view of the city walls. And on your way you will also...

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  • Maarten van Rossum House

    This is the house of Maarten van Rossum. He was the patriot of the province of Gelderland and has won lots of battles protecting his area. His house was built 1535. Nowadays the house is in use as a museum showing objects and art about the life of Maarten van Rossum. Admission to the museum is 2,30 Euros for adults.

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  • Fortifications

    Zaltbommel still keeps a lot of its old fortifications: singels (star-shaped moats) and some parts of the walls. You can make a walk over the clay walls.

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  • The St. Maarten church

    The bold gothic St. Maarten´s church once had a tip on its tower, but that has long gone. There is a famous song about the tip falling into the river.

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  • 3 bridges in a row

    A famous poem by Martinus Nijhof tells about the new bridge at Zaltbommel. This bridge is still there, but there are 2 more. all 3 of them are worth seeing!

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  • Maarten van Rossumhuis

    The Maarten van Rossumhuis was built as the town residence of the famous Gelrian chief Maarten van Rossum, feared by many. The house that is still there today is actually only the gate building, but it is still very interesting!

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Zaltbommel Restaurants

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    by ATLC Written Jul 18, 2004

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    Just next to the Waterpoort, this is a slightly posh restaurant (it looks like it, anyway). And a terrace outside. Service could be a lot friendlier though.

    Favorite Dish: I enjoyed the tomatosoup, fresh brown bread.

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Zaltbommel Transportation

  • By train

    Zaltbommel has a train station. Check Dutch railway for schedules and prices.Once arrived, Zaltbommel is perfectly walkable. You do not need a bus or other transportation.A train ride from Amsterdam to Zaltbommel (with one change at Utrecht) takes only 1 hour and 8 minutes. A single ticket costs € 11,50 and a return ticket is € 21,10 (prices 2008).

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  • By train

    Four trains arrive at Zaltbommel station every hour; two coming from the direction of Utrecht (the stopping train to Den Bosch), the other two coming from Den Bosch (the stopping train to Utrecht). From the station it is about fifteen minutes walking to get to the old town. This is not a pleasant walk. In fact, I found it very unpleasant. For some...

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Zaltbommel Local Customs

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    by ATLC Written Aug 24, 2008

    Everyone in The Netherlands grows up with the works of Annie M.G. Schmidt. Her rhymes and stories are unforgettable.
    She had a great influence on Dutch literature and language. I have described one of her books and a translated rhyme book (into English) in my Dutch literature travelogue.

    Annie M.G. (as she is often called for short) was born in Zaltbommel. From her room she could just see the river Waal. In the photo it is the house with the little tower.

    The black Jip and Janneke figures are a creation of artist Fiep Westendorp who illustrated her works for many years.

    In a TV interview with Sonja Barend, she was asked what the secret to her great age was (accompanied with a clear and flexible mind). She took a draft from her cigarette and said: Lots of lovers and lots of smoking!

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Zaltbommel Warnings and Dangers

  • Yes, tourist office here!

    Thanks to vtveen I was able to update this info many years later.There is a tourist information point now in the basement of the old town hall. More info at the website below.July 2004: As in many cities in The Netherlands, the VVV (Tourist offices) have closed and museums or town councils have taken over this responsibility. So when you see a sign...

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  • TOWN HALL FOR SALE

    Obviously the Zaltbommelaar population feels quite strongly about its town hall being on sale. We saw these posters many many times in house windows and shop windows. A silent protest...

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Zaltbommel Off The Beaten Path

  • Peaceful

    Graveyards in general, interest me. Read all the names, you get a feel for the people who lived in a town. There must've been a lively Jewish community here in Zaltbommel. Unfortunately there was no time to look into it further.

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  • Jewish cemetery /public

    These graves are not too old, they go back to the last century. Jews are always buried in their own cemetery, in any case never mixed with other graves. So there they are, behind the hedge at the back.

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  • Jewish cemeteries

    There are 3 Jewish cemeteries in Zaltbommel. One is completely rundown (I have no photos of that), one is section of a public cemetery and one is on its own.

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Zaltbommel Favorites

  • Visit St. Maartenschurch

    The main church of Zaltbommel is named after Saint Maarten. A church stood on this spot since the 11th century. This current church was built in the 15th century and was a lively religious center with monks living around the church.

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  • Walk about the fortifications

    The old moat is overgrown and looks more like a broad grassy path. We enjoyed the walk, munching on a fish snack from the fish stall just outside the city center.

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  • The city layout (map)

    Zaltbommel exists since the 9th century. Bome-loo indicates a place with trees (boom) higher than the surrounding area. 'Zalt' was added, probably because salt was being traded here. In the year 999, Zaltbommel acquired the right to mint its own coins and in 1231 it got city rights. This means that the city could build reinforcements, which you can...

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