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    Museum de Peel

    by catnl Updated Jun 9, 2008

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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.

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    Beekse Bergen Camping and surroundings

    by catnl Updated Jun 9, 2008

    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
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    De Efteling, a fairy tale atraction park
    if more questions you can ask me

    have a great time:-)

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    Willemstad

    by tompt Written Dec 12, 2004

    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.

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    Woudrichem

    by OlafS Written Dec 7, 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.

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    Hilvarenbeek

    by OlafS Updated Jun 1, 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.

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    Dongen

    by OlafS Updated Jan 27, 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.

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    Helmond

    by OlafS Updated Dec 16, 2003

    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.

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    Oudenbosch

    by OlafS Updated Nov 28, 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.

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    St. Michielsgestel

    by OlafS 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.

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    Waalre

    by OlafS 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.

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    Helvoirt

    by OlafS Updated Nov 26, 2003

    Helvoirt has one of the few medieval village churches that remain in Noord-Brabant, simply because it remained protestant, thus the catholics never had the chance to replace it by something "more prestigious", which was a serious risk considering the big church the catholics built at the other end of the village. But this is just a modest church with a tower in early Campine Gothic style. Vincent van Gogh made several drawings of the church in 1874, when his father was a protestant minister in Helvoirt. Vincent himself is commemorated with a statue elsewhere in the village.

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    Heeswijk-Dinther

    by OlafS Updated Nov 26, 2003

    This is a double village, like many in Noord-Brabant. In Heeswijk you'll find the famous Abdij van Berne, an abbey with a respectable and long history, although not always on this location. And just to the north of the village is this castle, Kasteel Heeswijk. Obviously it's not entirely medieval, but it's nice.

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    Heusden

    by OlafS Updated Nov 26, 2003

    Heusden is an old fortified town, largely destroyed in World War Two but nicely restored in more recent decades. It has a harbour, a few reconstructed gates, some really old houses, two windmills, a nice old church, a slightly less nice not so old church and a few special shops. A small brewery has recently been added to the fun. There are also the remains of a castle, which however are preserved in such a horrible way that they're hardly worth walking that extra minute for. Castle lovers may find them very painfull to look at.

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    Kaatsheuvel

    by OlafS Updated Nov 26, 2003

    Kaatsheuvel is best known for De Efteling. Once a small playground for catholic children, it is now the biggest theme parc in the Netherlands, and one of the most popular in Europe.

    (personally I think Disneyland Paris is better)

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    Baarle-Nassau

    by OlafS Updated Nov 25, 2003

    Some things are so complicated that they really should be solved. Others are so complicated that they are too interesting to solve. Baarle-Nassau is an example of the latter. To start making it complicated; Belgium calls this place Baarle-Hertog. Why I mention this? Because this is mostly a part of Belgium. But this village is completely surrounded by Dutch territory, which makes it a Belgian enclave. To add to the confusion; Baarle-Hertog is not really just one enclave, it is a series of enclaves. Within some of these enclaves there are smaller Dutch enclaves. No wonder this place calls itself the biggest jigsaw-puzzle in the world. The two governments didn't agree on the borders until the 1980's. Some houses stand in two countries at the same time, a smugglers paradise! The difference between the two countries is still taken advantage of by a shop like De Biergrens ("The beer border", get it?) through which one of the borders runs. And you can park your car in two countries at the same time too. Shame that parking is for free, I wonder which country would claim the fee if you'd park too long.
    The village itself isn't so interesting. There's little to see and not so much to do either, except for shopping, eating and drinking. But it is fun to experience the situation. Only don't come in a weekend, when the numerous BMW's and Mercedeses in the streets indicate that people from bad neighbourhoods in the area (read: Tilburg) come to do their shopping. Owning a BMW or a Mercedes may be a token of good taste in your country but in The Netherlands it ain't. Yes, Baarle is also bad taste-paradise with numerous shops selling cheap cigarettes, kitsch, sex toys and ugly clothes. It's fun to watch the people and enjoy seeing how a twenty-year old girl can look like forty thanks to the miracles of nicotine, or how a forty-year old woman tries to look like twenty thanks to the miracles of hair paint, mini-skirts and high leather boots, but these people aren't always nice company. And there are so many of them!

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