Visit the Museum "Het Palthe-Huis".
It is located in an old big family house from the 18th century.
You can see how people lived in the past and decorated their houses. There's a library and a seperate building for the horse drawn carriage. Furthermore you find the history of Oldenzaal, the textile industry and Oldenzaal culture on display.
Entrance fee: €4,00 (Adult)
Tuesdays - fridays: 10 AM - 5PM
Saturdays & sundays: 2PM - 5PM
'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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
You have to come to Oldenzaal on a beautiful sunny day, that is absolutely the best time to visit. You really should take some time to have a beer on one of the terraces on the marketsquare; the atmospere is always fantastic! Just sitting very relaxed on the terrace, enjoying the sun, having a drink, watching people walk by.... hmmm, I could sit here for hours :-)
If you want more information on Oldenzaal or for instance are looking for maps of the region, information on the city walk or the hiking and cycle paths, don't forget to pay a visit to the local tourist office. The tourist office is the VVV / ANWB, and you can find opposite the big church in Oldenzaal. The address is St.Plechelmusplein 5. Telephone number : 0541-541023. You can also get information online (in Dutch) on their website http://www.vvv-anwboldenzaal.nl/ The tourist office is open on Monday until Friday 9.00 – 17.00 and on Saturday from 12.00 until 16.00.
Tour around the countryside. This is a route that you can take by car : the Sagenland route. It brings you to the most picturesque places in the area.But I would recommend to take a bike and explore the area. There are a lot of cycle paths and routes in the area that take will take you through the woods, the pastures and small and picturesque villages. You can find a lot of information about bicycle routes around Oldenzaal on this website (in Dutch) : bicycle routes around Oldenzaal. You can get maps of these bicycle routes at the tourist office in Oldenzaal.
This is a close up of one of the walls of the Basilica. These scraches have always fascinated me. You can find these scratches in the wall on a hight of 50 centimeters to about 2 meters, and there are quite a few of them all along the side. The basilica is made of Bentheimer sandstone and this material is quite soft, so it is not strange that they were able to scratch it this way. But I wonder why and how these scatches were made. So if anyone has the answer, please tell me, I would love to know.
There have been other churches on this spot, but in 1180 they were replaced by this basilica built from Bentheimer sandstone. The tower is from 1240 and the carillon is from 1930 and has no less than 46 clocks!
The town has a trio of little museums showcasing different aspects of its history and culture. These are located on the two streets (Marktstraat and Hofmeijerstraat) on the north side of the square around the basilica.
The Palthe-Huis is a former merchant's home restored with the richly onrnate furnishings and fittings of the period and a couple of galleries of exhibits - www.palthehuis.nl
The Museum de Hofnar is the town's carnival museum.
The Museum de Pelgrim features aspects of the town's religous culture - www.museumdepelgrim.nl
I never did make the time for a visit to these as the weather was just too good for indoor stuff. They look interesting for a rainy day thing to do though.
This little ice-cream parlour on Bischopstraat was doing a roaring trade with the local youngsters every night I was here. Just before it is a little mini-square with benches and low walls for them to congregate and it really was a pleasure to see them enjoying the simple things in life, unlike back here in the UK where the teenagers just seem to hang around corners smoking and looking bored.
The English Garden is a hidden part of Oldenzaal at the South East side of town, just North of the railroad. It's a different name for the "De Haer" park, located on a hill South of the Tankenberg (which is much higher) founded by Gelderman. One of his sons married an British lady and to avoid homesickness she ordered an English garden to be made.
Garden archtect Springer designed a 9 hectares big the Park Kalheupink, what was called the English Garden by the locals.