Another statue that has everything to do with the carnival. The carnival is very a big happening in this little town. But not only during the carnival it is party time here. There are a lot of more events going on. The major event is called 'The Boeskool' and is held every year in August. Live bands are playing on the market square a couple of days in a row. The terraces are fully packed with people and the atmosphere is great.
Carnival : Wow, the whole town turns into one big party during the carnival. And that is not for just one day, it starts on a Thursday and goes on until the next Tuesday. Everyone wears silly clothes, and goes to the pub or anywhere else where there is a party.
In Oldenzaal there is a big parade on the Sunday. About a 100.000 people visit our little town and help us celebrate. On the Monday there is the childrens parade and on Tuesday evening they close the carnival celebrations on the town square with 'bokverbranden'. It is a tradition that varies from town to town, but in Oldenzaal they burn a goat of wood and have beautiful fireworks after that.
This city pump was in 1862 given by the bischop of Curacao to Oldenzaal, which was his native town.After the water-works were build in the beginning of this century the city pump was removed. But in 1981 the pump they decided to rebuild it again.
Mechorius huis. This house, which is opposite the Palthe museum, is from the second half of the 17th century. Dr. Michorius lived in this house from 1799-1869. He was a doctor in Oldenzaal in a turbulant time concerning hygiene. He fought against the typhoid- and cholera epidemics. One of the things he did was to try to get the canals in the city filled up and to get the damp manure hills, that were next to the houses, removed.
Palthehuis museum. this museum is in the former home and coach-house of the Palthe family.
In this museum you can see 18th and 19th century interiors, kitchens and toys. A 19th century medicine chest and the history of Oldenzaal.
The museum is open ;
Tuesday to Friday : 10:00-17:00
Saturday and Sunday : 14:00 - 17:00
'Plechelmus basilica' in the centre of town. It really dominates the skyline of Oldenzaal. It doesn't matter from which side you enter Oldenzaal, this is probably the first thing you will see. You can visit the Basilica and the tower in Juni, Juli and August : The tower on Wednesdays at 14:00 and the Basilica on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 14:00 - 16:00
An excellent bar, good choice of beers, some tasty snacks and a friendly welcome, just what Bonio likes about a cafe. Recommended and hope to revisit in the future.
De Boeskool (white cabbage) symbolises the former rural Oldenzaal, where the cabbage was one of the mean products on the fields.
The local city water pump is still running (although) it's not really running, but just triggering the tap).
But Oldenzaal is not only about history and old buildings. There is some new architecture as well, like the shopping centre 'De Driehoek'
Whenever you come and visit us you will meet my great son Hidde.
He`s the best that ever happend to me!
Carnival : statue of the Kadolster Mennekes. This is one of the many carnival clubs in Oldenzaal.
This is the statue of the Saint Plechelmus, which the Basilica was named after.