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for a virtual tour about nature and other interesting info about De Peel have a look at the url below:-)
De Peel is an area on the border of the provinces Limburg and North Brabant. The original peat moor was extracted by local inhabitants, but also exploited by large companies that sold the peat as fuel. The local inhabitants have also formed the area by keeping livestock (sheep), collecting firewood and sods of turf. In this way, a large heather and swamp area came into existence, with large bell-heather and ling heather fields, alternating with pools and pits originating from human digging activities.
Updated Jun 9, 2008
Address: Ostaderstraat 23 Asten
When you stay at Beekse bergen you can go to 6 themeparks for free
There is a special playground for special and ofcourse Safaripark Beekse Bergen
De Efteling, a fairy tale atraction park
if more questions you can ask me
have a great time:-)
Updated Jun 9, 2008
Address: Beekse Bergen 1 5081 NJ Hilvarenbeek
Willemstad is an old city where the citywalls are still visible.
Willem's Stad (Willems city), is one of the fortress cities of Willem of Orange. He built the fortress around the village Ruigenhil in 1583 to stop the Spanish. His son Maurits finished the job.
In 1603 Willemstad was formed like a sevenpoint star. The seven bastions are named after the seven provinciën (In that time we only had 7 provinces).
Willemstad is located at the Volkerak and the Hollandsch Diep (two waterways) and is very populair with watersportfans. In summer there are boattrips availlable. Just outside of Willemstad are the Volkeraksluizen. One of the biggest locks in european rivers.
In 1926 the wartask of Willemstad officially ended. But the city was the site of war once again:
30 may 1940 the Rhenus 127 hit a mine. On board of this ship were Belgian soldiers they were transported to Germany as prisoners of war. Over 200 of them died. A monument can be found on the riverbank.
Written Dec 12, 2004
A charming little fortified town that originally belonged to Holland but became part of the province of Noord-Brabant in 1813. The town doesn't look like Brabant at all, and is much more similar to places like Heusden and Willemstad, both of which used to be in Holland too.
The eyecatcher of the town is this church, but there's a lot more to see.
Written Dec 7, 2004
This is probably one of the nicest villages of this province. It's also one of the most interesting for tourists. Besides this wonderful St. Petrus' church there's a working windmill, a liqueur museum and a brewery museum with working brewery. Add to that a choice of restaurants and bars, the many Summer activities, the nearby forests and safari park 'De Beekse Bergen' and you can imagine why this place attracts so many visitors. Best time to visit is perhaps the last weekend of May, when there's a free open-air musicfestival, with performances by famous as well as unknown bands and artists.
Updated Jun 1, 2004
You'd think that The Netherlands is a rich country that takes good care of its heritage, wouldn't you? This picture might change your mind. This is the protestant church of Dongen. Officially the protestants should have left this church some 200 years ago and given it back to the catholics. But they refused, and after a while the government, who considered catholics as inferior creatures anyway, gave up on the idea. As there were only a handful of protestants in the village the church was much too big for them, and so they only used the transept and choir. The tower was state property, so that was safe too, but the nave fell into decay. It's an intriguing site, and I sincerely hope plans to fully restore the church will not be executed. I think it would be much nicer if the current state could be preserved. We have lots of well-preserved churches (thankfully, don't get me wrong!) but very few ruins. It's also a striking reminder of a period in our history when religious intolerance was the norm. The church only needs a plaque that explains why it's in such a state.
Oh, the catholics built another church elsewhere in town. It's an impressive dome-church that's well worth a look too, and its size gives reason to believe that the old church would not have survived altogether in catholic hands as for them it would have been far too small. The rest of Dongen isn't very impressive, but there are a few nice spots. A former tannery, of a type typical for this region, is now a museum of local history. It's located near the old church.
Updated Jan 27, 2004
Is it irony? Or sarcasm? Anyway, first let me point out that Helmond translates to 'hell mouth'. Funny, eh? Of course that's not the actual meaning of the name. Actually Helmond must be one of the ugliest cities of this province, but it's also one of only a few with a real castle in its centre. Which is one advantage it has over Eindhoven. This castle was built starting in ca. 1400. With its square ground-plan and its four corner towers it is probably the archetypal medieval castle. Today it serves as a museum. Shame about the highway that practically runs next to it and which divides the centre in two. Without it Helmond would be a much nicer place.
Updated Dec 16, 2003
The Vatican of the north! Not one, but TWO copies of the St. Peter's church in Rome. A seminary, monasteries, convents. If there's one place that evidences catholic megalomania of the 19th century, this is it. Today's Oudenbosch is not a very picturesque place, there are too many modern buildings, but it has a few impressive sights. I made a seperate page about this place with more info.
Updated Nov 28, 2003
St. Michielsgestel has a few nice old buildings, but the most interesting is probably this tower, which is all that remains of the medieval St. Michael's church. This tower dates from the 15th century and is in Campine Gothic style. The church itself was demolished in 1836.
Updated Nov 28, 2003
Waalre has a peculiar old church. When in 1925 a new church was built the old one quickly fell into decay.
In 1940 the building finally was restored. During the work people discovered that the church wasn't the Gothic building they thought it was. The remains of a Romanesque nave were discovered and it was partly reconstructed in its old form. The higher originally Gothic western trave and the tower were preserved as they were while some 19th-century additions were demolished, resulting in this strange and rather artificial combination. The church was restored to a state in which it never had been before. Today it is used as a chapel to commemorate the fallen soldiers from this province.
Updated Nov 28, 2003
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