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    'Nederland' - ultimate destination for foreigners

    by vtveen Written Dec 4, 2014

    This little hamlet - it has about 25 inhabitants - should be the ultimate destination for foreigners visiting my country. Nothing 'cooler' than saying, you have visited 'Nederland' (= the Netherlands).

    'Nederland' is situated about 5 km's from Blokzijl, the nearest town. Nowadays there are just a couple of farms and houses, surrounded by typical flat Dutch scenery of meadows, water, waving reed and it is very close to the National Park 'de Weerribben'. In the older days 'Nederland' was much bigger and even had an own school.

    On the moment you will not find the original place-name sign, because it has been stolen very often. Due to this the council decided not to replace it any longer. But there is a 'surrogate' sign, so you still can proof you have been to 'Nederland'.

    Private name sign Place for the original nam sign The hamlet 'Nederland' Information board for (Dutch) visitors

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    Dwarsgracht - bike or boat trip

    by vtveen Updated Dec 1, 2014

    The hamlet of Dwarsgracht is a real alternative for the famous, but very touristy, town of Giethoorn. Although just 3 km's away it is a complete different world.
    The same canal(s), small bridges, boats and thatched roof houses. But in Dwarsgracht you will hardly see any tourist.

    There is just one café restaurant ('De Otterskooi' - www.otterskooi.nl) and this is an ideal starting point for either a boat trip with a so called 'whispering boat' or for a bike tour along the canals and lakes. At 'De Otterskooi' you can rent them both.
    Or just walk along the main canal through the village and enjoy the views over the water, the houses, the flowers, the birds and further away waving reed.

    Dwarsgracht: main canal Dwarsgracht: main canal and bike/foot path Punt 'out of order' Dwarsgracht: side canal to a lake Dwarsgracht: reed land
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    Blokzijl - old harbour city

    by vtveen Updated Dec 1, 2014

    In the older days Blokzijl was a harbour situated along the so called 'Zuiderzee'. There was a lot of trade with the town of Amsterdam and you can recognise the 'Amsterdam school' in the style of the houses. Around the harbour and in a couple of narrow streets you will find some very beautiful examples of houses from the 17th century.

    Nowadays Blokzijl is very busy in the summer season with lots of motorboats, yachts and sailing boats. Specially in and around the lock it is always a hustle and bustle.

    But in other seasons it is a very quiet and nice little town with a small museum, some galleries and a couple of shops and nice restaurants. Just relaxing to stroll around.

    Blokzijl: harbour Harbourfront with 17th century houses Architectural gems Blokzijl: tower of the 'Grote Kerk' Blokzijl: one of the shops
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    Kampen - visit a cigar factory

    by vtveen Written Nov 30, 2014

    Kampen, one of the Dutch Hanseatic cities, was formerly known as a city where plenty of cigars were made. It has a history of tobacco and until well into the 20th century the city had several cigar factories.

    Meanwhile there is not much left of this rich industry. In the city centre is still only one (small) factory: De Olifant (The Elephant). We visited this factory, also because my grandfather and father lived in Kampen and worked as cigar makers.

    The visit begins with an introductory video about the whole process from tobacco plant to the packing of the cigars in cedar wood boxes.
    Then follows the tour through the old warehouse; along the bales stored with tobacco, various old machinery, drying rooms and the room where thousands of cigars - after a manual control - are packed by hand.

    In the 'engine room' we saw how the cigars today are manufactured in a combination of man and machine. The highlight was surely the demonstration of the hand-making cigars, by an 81-year-old cigar maker.

    All in all this tour is a very nice introduction to a nearly extinct profession of cigar maker. The visit ends in the beautiful shop and it is also possible to have a cup of tea or coffee in the building.
    Tours are only by appointment; we paid € 10,- per person for our tour of about 1 ½ hour, including a cup of tea or coffee.

    Kampen: cigar factory De Olifant De Olifant: tobacco bales De Olifant: old machinery De Olifant: 'engine' room De Olifant: cigar maker

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    Hasselt, see the rare Snake's Head flowers

    by vtveen Written Nov 30, 2014

    Snake’s Head has a couple of names, like Snake’s Head Fritillary, Checkered Daffodil, Chess Flower and Leper Lily. In the Netherlands it is called ‘kievitsbloem’ and it is a very rare flower. Most of them – about 80% - can be found around the city of Hasselt in the province of Overijssel.
    Sometimes there are many flowering together and people call it the natural bulb fields of the Netherlands. It is commonly found growing in grasslands in damp soils and river meadows along the rivers ‘de Vecht’ and ‘Zwarte Water’. Snake’s Heads are flowering from mid April till early May.

    From Hasselt there are two ways to see these rare flowers:
    - by a guided tour (boat/covered wagon)
    This tour will bring you to a nature reserve called ‘De Brommerd. These tours and the number of people on each tour are rather limited. For more information about these tours: VVV (Tourist) Shop in Hasselt: phone 038-4771329 or 'Staatsbosbeheer' phone 0561-477272.
    Commonly these tours are organized around April 20 and April 25.

    - on your own (as we did during a bike trip from Hasselt)
    Walk, bike or drive to Gennerdijk, near nr. 6; walking/biking 3,5 km’s, driving 4,5 km’s and you must walk a couple of hundred meters. Along the Gennerdijk you will see a small stone shed – a so called ‘schotbalkenloods’. Just before this shed is a huge information board. There starts a short trail into the meadow along the river and you will see thousands of Snake’s Heads !!

    Information board and stone shed (back ground) Thousands of Snake's heads Purple Snake's Head White and purple Snake's Head
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    Denekamp, Singraven Estate - lovely spot

    by vtveen Written Nov 30, 2014

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    Singraven Estate (Landgoed Singraven) is located in a part of the Netherlands called Twente, nearby the town of Denekamp. I consider it as one of our most beautiful areas, offering typical varied scenery with meadows, forests, old wooden banks, streams, soft rolling hills and (most of all) quietness.

    Within this region Singraven Estate is absolutely one of the highlights and when travelling in this part of the Netherlands you really should take a visit. The 17th century castle has parts dating back to the year 1380. It has a picturesque location between the meandering River Dinkel (take a look at this aerial picture). Nowadays the castle/mansion is a museum with guided visits. The park offers some great walks and bike rides; also a nice starting point for a bicycle ride through Twente, which we did during our last visit.

    The water mill of Singraven - already built in 1448 - gets its water also from the Dinkel and is Netherland’s biggest three wheel water mill and is still used for grinding corn and sawing wood. It is absolutely relaxing to stroll around this historic place, seeing the wheels turning and hearing the babbling sound of water. It is easy to walk around the mill and the mill pond at the back.
    There is also a terrace (Restaurant ‘De Watermolen’) with great views of the mill and the river and an idyllic spot for a drink or a lunch.

    Information
    Singraven House, water mill, garden/arboretum are - limited - open for public.
    See for info about opening hours and fees: http://www.singraven.nl/rondleiding.html (Dutch en German)

    Singraven - Castle (mansion/house) Singraven - water mill Singraven - waiting to be sawed Singraven - water mill Singraven - River Dinkel
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    Delden – walk around Castle Twickel

    by vtveen Updated Dec 3, 2010

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    Today Delden is a quiet and nice town in the middle of the province of Overijssel in the eastern part of the Netherlands. It was already a city in the year 1333 and became a small fortified town. A lot of the historic buildings – among them a water tower and the Blasius Church - still exist and can be seen during a town walk. There is also a salt museum to visit.

    But the main attraction is Castle Twickle, located just outside town. This is one of the most beautiful castles in the Netherlands. It has been built in 1347 and even today the castle is lived in by private persons. That is also the reason why we (and you) only could take a look at the outside of the castle; the gardens however are open for public.

    The rural estate - 4000 acres - is a perfect place for a walk or a hike. It is an area of natural beauty with splendid forest, waterways, small meadows, farmhouses, a water mill ‘Noordmolen’, a museum farmhouse ‘Wendezoele’ and a walled garden with an interesting nursery ‘de Border’.
    All these places are signposted and you can stroll around for free. Or better make a longer walk over the estate as we did during a 16 km hike in the fall with amazing colours around and almost no other people on the way. (It must also be beautiful in spring with thousands of flowering rhododendrons.)

    Information
    Information about the town walk or walks around Twickel, Wendezoele and Noordmolen:
    VVV Delden, Langestraat 29, Delden
    www.vvvdelden.nl

    Castle Twickel:
    Opening hours garden: May 1 – November 1, Thursday till Saturday, 11.00 am – 5.00 pm.
    www.twickel.nl

    Twickel Castle Twickel Castle - garden Twickel Castle - Wendelzoele Twickel Castle - water mill Twickel Castle - fall
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    Vollenhove: cycling along 'wieden' and 'weiden'

    by vtveen Updated Nov 25, 2010

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    wieden = man-made lakes by the excavation of peat
    weiden = green green meadows

    We made the ‘Rietsnijdersroute’ (Reed cutters route) from Vollenhove; one of the prettiest places in northwest Overijssel. Less known and therefore less touristy.

    This cycle route led us through beautiful countryside and picturesque villages. Nature is dominated by lakes, canals and ditches. That water creates a rich bird life and during our bike trip we saw a lot of herons, swans, ducks, geese, lapwings and other unknown species.

    We biked early May and between Vollenhove and Blokzijl were still a number of blooming tulip fields. ‘Of course’ reed is/was everywhere and we saw on several places still large piles of cut reed.

    Besides Vollenhove with its historic centre and stately estates, we biked through Blokzijl with its beautiful harbour and typical Dutch villages as Dwarsgracht, Giethoorn and Belt-Schutsloot. All three with canals and (almost) without cars, because all transport happens with boats.

    A completely different landscape along the route is the 'high country of Vollenhove'; actually with a few low hills and a totally different vegetation of old trees and woodlots, with scattered small farms in the country.

    The cycle route is 45 kilometers long (can be shortened to 35 km's) and goes on bike paths and mostly silent country lanes. In the villages we passed dozens of narrow bridges; beware if you are not accustomed to cycling !

    It is possible to rent bikes in Vollenhove, Blokzijl, Dwarsgracht, Giethoorn and Belt-Schutsloot. Just ask a tourist information office.

    Piles of cut reed along the route Jonen: small passenger ferry Dwarsgracht: bike path Belt-Schutsloot: one of the picturesque villages uncoming 'traffic'
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    Nijverdal: Sallandse Heuvelrug – hills and valleys

    by vtveen Updated Mar 28, 2007

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    Although the Netherlands is a flat country we do have some hilly areas. One of these is the so called ‘Sallandse Heuvelrug’ (= Sallandse Ridge) between the small villages of Holten and Nijverdal in the province of Overijssel. This hilly area dates back to the latest ice age - 200.000 till 150.000 years ago - when glaciers covered about the half or the country.

    We made a walk in early spring, when we had some lovely warm days. We did read about this excursion in one of the news papers. The walk started at the Visitor Centre of the ‘Sallandse Heuvelrug’ and went through woods and heathland; along the track we passed several different kinds of trees like pines, oaks, birches and junipers. But most impressive are the great views from the viewing points of the flat parts of my country.
    This walk was 12 km’s long and more or less a combination of several marked tracks, which start at the Visitor Centre. I think this was a mix between blue, orange, yellow and white marked posts.

    The best thing for tourists/visitors is to go to the Visitor Centre to get a brochure of one of the walks or a map to explore this National Park by yourself. There are walks varying from a couple of km’s till one of 14 km’s !!

    Before or after your walk have a drink or something to eat at Café Restaurant Dalzicht, just opposite the Visitor Centre.

    Visitor Centre several walking tracks Sallandse Heuvelrug - viewing point Sallandse Heuvelrug - oak Sallandse Heuvelrug - track Sallandse Heuvelrug - birches
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    Deventer, old Hanseatic city at the IJssel

    by sachara Updated Jun 7, 2006

    Deventer was founded by the English missionary Lebuinus around 768, who built a wooden church on the border of the IJssel. In the Roman age there was probably allready a stronghold at this place, called Daventria.

    Deventer received city rights in 956. From this date the first fortifications were built around the city. Between 1000 and 1500 Deventer became a flourishing trade city with its harbour on the river IJssel. The city was a prominent member of the Hanseatic League. In the Middle Ages merchants from all over Europe came to Deventer.

    Deventer, being one of the oldest towns in the Netherlands, has one of the oldest brick private houses ( in the Sandrasteeg). In the city are about hundreds of monumental restored buildings, most from the old Hanseatic days, like the nice building ‘De Drie Haringen’ (The Three Herrings). The old street pattern of the city is almost unchanged. It's lovely to walk around for some time.

    House 'the Three Herrings' the oldest house of stone De Waag from 1528 citywalls along the river IJssel
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    Zwolle, the capital

    by sachara Updated Jun 6, 2006

    Zwolle is the capital of the province of Overijssel. Since 1407 Zwolle was one of the so-called Hanze cities in the north of Germany and the Netherlands. There are several historical monuments in Zwolle from that period.

    The huge Sassenpoort is an old city gate, which is built in 1409 to defend the city. Of the old gates, like the Diezerpoort, Kamperpoort, Luttekepoort, Steenpoort and Vispoort only the Sassenpoort is left in its original form. The former city wall of Zwolle had originally 23 towers as well. Only three towers are left (the Zwanetoren, the Wijndragerstoren and the Pelserpoorttoren).

    Other monuments in the city are a guild-house of 1571, a Dominican monastery, the roman catholic basilica ´Our Lady Ascension´ of 1399 with its typical tower, called the peperbus (pepperbox) and the town hall, built in 1448.

    Sassenpoort Sassenpoort part of the citywall
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    Ootmarsum

    by Tetreus Written Mar 6, 2006

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    Ootmarsum is a town about 10 km north of Oldenzaal.
    It received city rights in 1325.

    Ootmarsum is a tiny town where you can have nice walk in the centre.
    There are often art expositions in the several galleries.

    Or..just drink a fresh Dutch cup of coffee, like we did with my parents. :-)

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    Giethoorn, the green Venice of the north

    by sachara Updated Jan 2, 2006

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    In the Kop of Overijssel you will find a wonderful landscape of lakes as result of the digging of peat. For the transport of peat waterways and canals were dugged out.

    In this area along one of the canals the village Giethoorn was founded in 1230. The houses in the village, built on little islands, can only be reached by narrow bridges. These characteristic wooden bridges make Giethoorn, the green Venice of the north, so unique.

    in former days transport of peat in Giethoorn has taken place on the water with traditional boats, the so-called 'punters'. Nowadays you can make a boattrip in these traditional boats.

    Since my childhood I visited Giethoorn several times for a boattrip in a punter or for sailing at one of the lakes. There are several small museums and restaurants in the village. You can hire bikes, boats and canoes. In summer it can be rather crowdy.

    When I visited Giethoorn for the first time in winter in 2005, there were no other visitors around. The village looked lovely in the fresh snow, but it was very dangerous to walk at the slippery narrow bridges.

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    Enschede, het Paradijs, living museum

    by sachara Updated Dec 26, 2005

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    Het Paradijs, meaning the Paradise is a living museum of culture and nature. You can walk around, climb the stairs and look at the fairytale world created by the nature artist Adriaan Schalken.

    From outside you can hardly imagine which ambiance you enter. It is a world of creative constructions with colourfull mosaic floors, wooden structures, small waterfalls, statues and abundant plants and flowers in a relaxed atmosphere.

    In Het Paradijs you can have a drink or small snack. Het Paradijs serves also delicious vegetarian lunches and dinners, but only at reservation.

    What I never saw before....there is also an asylum for indoor plants. You can bring your roomplants which grew too big for your livingroom..... or find yourself a nice 'second hand' plant.

    Enschede, het Paradijs
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    Hertme, annual Africa Festival

    by sachara Updated Dec 26, 2005

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    Every year end June or beginning July you can hear the African rythms in the countryside of the province Overijssel during two days. In 2005 was allready the 17th Africa Festival in the open air theatre of Hertme.

    I don't know how many times I allready visited this festival, but at least the last ten years I was a regular visitor..

    The program has all elements the African continent has to offer ...from traditional music with dance, masks, acrobatism to modern music.

    The musicians and dancers come form all corners of the continent. In 2005 there were groups from Kenya, Burundi, Ethiopia, Niger, Senegal and Kongo.

    Except music and dance there are many stalls with African products and delicous Affrican food.

    Jaay Naffi at the Afrika Festival in  Hertme stall of Toguna
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