While on holidays in "Wateren", we promised the kids to go swimming. Outdoor pools were already closed for the season and the indoor swimming pool in Diever was gone and had become a cityhall. Slowly swimmingpools are disappearing because there is no money to keep them open. We looked up the nearest swimmingpool, and that turned out to be in Steenwijk, a brand new pool named; "De Waterwyck". It was gorgeous, very clean and open space. Good space to change and leave your belongings locked away. If you're in for a swim while in SW-Drenthe or NW-Overijssel, I highly recommend this pool to go to.
There's a bank now, but there used to be a synagogue on this very spot. On the square in front, there is a memorial of Jews that perished in Germany.
Although there's nothing to see, apart from a plaque, it is always a bit emotional to be reminded...
I saw at least 3 church towers in Steenwijk. And this little one. Obviously, Steenwijk has had protestants of all sorts! That will have defined society there a lot in early days. All those people belonging to different churches...
In any case, this church is called Admonition. It was funny because I was reading the sign on the gate, and thought that there was some caution given. But it was the name of this baptist church!
The church dates from the early 1900s.
Turning off the ramparts we found ourselves in the Onnesstraat. One of the little old streets towards the center. In fact, one of the oldest streets that connected Steenwijk with the hamlet Onna, on the outside of the ramparts.
Next to the Circus museum, there is an old shop (unfortunately not a shop anymore).
From 1880 this was a grocery shop, owned by Johannes Andreas Woldberg. It was run by his family for 70 years, until 1950. It is considered one of the remnants of old Steenwijk.
We didn't have the opportunity to visit the museum itself but in the court yard we already spotted a lovely merry-go-round.
Open Tues-Fri 12:00-17:00 hrs
May-Sept also Saturday 13-17 hrs
July-Aug also Monday 13-17 hrs.
Groups and parties all year round, on appointment.
Entrance: € 2 per adult, € 1 per child
Steenwijk is a fortified city and the remnants of the ramparts are still very visible. The nice thing is that these earth walls are high so that you actually look into the city a bit from the top.
In fact, I read that the walls are 4.5 metres high.
The beautiful iron-cast gate of Villa Rams Woerthe merits an extra tip, I think. It was the first thing I saw when walking up to it. I didn't even know that the villa was behind it, let alone that it was a Unesco Heritage site.
The villa itself served as the town hall from 1919 to 1992.
This was just an amazing find! Quiet little town Steenwijk harbours a Unesco heritage site. And what site it is... Jugendstil, one of my very favourite art-styles. All those luscious curves. Simply beautiful.
The design is by the Amsterdam architects A.L. van Gendt & Sons. They also designed the Concertgebouw (concert hall) in Amsterdam. It was a very modern design for those days ( 1899), inspired not only by Jugendstil but also the English country homes.
I'm in the region quite often, so I hope to visit the inside soon. There seem to be murals by Co Breeman, and stained glass art. The lucky feller who lived there was a certain Jan Hendrik Tromp Meesters, son of a wealthy steam wood cutting factory.
This park belongs to the villa Rams Woerthe, built in 1899. Designed by Copijn in English style. A public park such as this is unusual in The Netherlands. Especially in such a small town like Steenwijk. It was quite a surprise! It was designed with a deer park, a bowling pitch, waterbirds and tropical plants in the hot house. Restoration took place in 1974 and it has been a public park since.