Tholen – Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk (Our Lady Church)
When you are staying for a longer period in Bergen op Zoom, or are in transit, I highly recommend a visit to the Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk (Our Lady Church) in (the town) Tholen. We made it during our
bike ride to the island of Tholen.
After some shopping and having a lunch, we walked to church, which is located just outside the very center. It is situated on a green meadow-like square and is surrounded by small houses, making this 13th-century church even more impressive with its tower of a height of nearly 50-meters.
Upon arrival we first did take a look in the 'normal' church on the left-hand side. Although quite impressive by its size, nice pulpit and large organ is all pretty bare, like almost all protestant churches.
The special part of the Our Lady Church is on the right-hand side from the entrance. This is the former choir of the church, now separated by a wall.
This part is one of the most remarkable churches we have ever seen. The floor is almost completely covered with tombstones and the pillars on either side of the choir have a distinctive red color. Between two pillars hangs a painted panel with the 'Ten Commandments'. There is another panel (from 1755), against the wall between the transept and the choir. The wooden ceiling has a warm green colour.
We also looked into the small consistory.
Location: Tholen (city), about 12 kilometers from Bergen Op Zoom, the church is located in the center.
Openinghours: Wednesday and Saturday afternoons - 13.30 to 17.00 hours - during the summer season (late April to mid October), see the website for exact dates.
English brochure: http://www.hgtholen.nl/attachments/article/downloads/Englisch.pdf
More pictures and info: www.archimon.nl/zeeland/tholenherv.html
- Arts and Culture
Music at the Wilhelminaveld
Every summer Bergen op Zoom has its summerfestival. Every thursdaynight, in july and august, there is live music.
It all takes place in very relaxed surroundings: no entrance fees, no stands, just a big lawn, young and old, white and black, dancing together.
Every week a different band shows their skills: from rock to reggae, from jazz to merengue and from pop to blues.
The Wilhelminaveld is close to the Westersingel, the road behind the Gevangpoort. Walk to the north and you´ll automaticly hear the music.
- Budget Travel
The Heidetuin is one of the most beautiful pieces of Bergen op Zoom. It is a park in the forrest. It has a lot of hay and some very rare trees, a artificial lake and a wonderful forrest behind it.
In the weekends it can be crowded in the woods, because it is very popular under the local people. Straight behind the Heidetuin you´ll see a large piece of forrest with beech trees and at the left side of this part there is a wonderful open area in the forrest.
Go towards Het Appeltje (see my restaurant-tip) and cross the street. Here you´ll find plate with `Heidetuin` on it.
- Hiking and Walking
Around the villa you can make a nice walk and see the beauty of the garden of this place. It's not possible to visit the inside of the villa....... You can reach this place by car or bicycle, it's a few km to the south from the town centre.
anyone remotely fit should go cycling in holland
i have seen old fogeys cycling away on highways like tour de france contenders..
hence i had to take the challenge and with my good friend and fellow vter radhika, we ventured out on a 40km bike ride
it was an experience which i think i might do again but with a padded seat and ear muffs..
padded seat for the cycle and earmuffs to save the ears from the fellow vters constant mutterings.. ;)
tthe map i have attached...it was an extremely sceneic route..plantage which supposedly means nature trail..
we hired cycles - 6-7 euros a day from bergn op zoom and after much map readin and direction findin like 2 intrepid explorers we finally hit the trail..
i strongly suggest such an adventure for all people headed to the netherlands...
for more info contact me and i shal give you the lowdown
Go celebrate carnival ...
This is really an off the beaten path activity! If you want to see something special, then go to the carnival in Bergen op Zoom. All the people - baby's, kids, adults - are dressed in the traditional carnaval costume which means: a hat (this can be a regular hat or a lamp shade, whatever you want), a red handkerchief around your neck (the knot tied in front = very important!!), some curtains around your shoulders or waist and there you go.
TIP: be fit because this celebration lasts for 4 consecutive days. Be prepared to lots of beer also. :)
Bergen op Zoom is a place...
Bergen op Zoom is a place between woods and water !!!(take a look at the travelogue)
When you are at the trainstation you walk in less than 30 minutes to one of the woods OR to the water !!
So what you want to do ??? There is a lot possible...
(I found the picture on the internet)
You can make a lot of nice...
You can make a lot of nice bicycle-tours is the area around Bergen op Zoom. There is a lot of wood, water and countryside to discover.....Please ask me if you want to. I can organize it for you !!
(I found this picture on the internet)
Visit the Carnaval in Bergen...
Visit the Carnaval in Bergen op Zoom.......Most of the time the real carnaval is in february, but the party starts a little bit earlier (3 weekends before) !!!!
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