Delden – walk around Castle Twickel
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 about the town walk or walks around Twickel, Wendezoele and Noordmolen:
VVV Delden, Langestraat 29, Delden
Opening hours garden: May 1 – November 1, Thursday till Saturday, 11.00 am – 5.00 pm.
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Nijverdal: Sallandse Heuvelrug – hills and valleys
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.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
- National/State Park
Walking trail Archemerberg (Lemele-Ommen)
A trail right trough a beautiful area with heathland, forest and loose sand. You can walk a 3,5 km trail (= red poles) or the 7,5 km trail (= green poles).
There are also bike-routes and at Lemelerberg there are routes also (2 and 3,5 km).
We took the 7,5 km trail and it was very nice. You have to climb some stairs and walk trough loose sand before reaching the 76,5 meters top of the hill. You get a beautiful view over the surrounding and sometimes you can see all the villages around Ommen.
Without stops it takes about 1,5 hour to walk the trail.
You have to follow the green poles, it's very easy to follow this route (you don't need a map).
Have fun and it's better to walk this trail early or late, because of the animals (birds) and there aren't many visitors then......
Good luck!!! Let me know if you liked it!!!Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
- Mountain Climbing
Vollenhove: cycling along 'wieden' and 'weiden'
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.Related to:
Hertme, annual Africa Festival
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.Related to:
Giethoorn, the green Venice of the north
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.Related to:
- Sailing and Boating
Enschede, het Paradijs, living museum
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.Related to:
- Museum Visits
- Arts and Culture
Look at these pages and choose a trip......
http://www.natuurlijk.nl = good walking trails, bicycle routes and other information.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g188602-Overijssel-Vacations.html = popular hotelsRelated to:
- Hiking and Walking
The capital of the province is one of the three medieval cities that once ruled the province. It isn't as spectacular as Kampen and perhaps not as nice as Deventer either but it is a beautiful place anyway, with many medieval remains, including a fabulous town gate, several churches and bits of wall as shown in the picture. See my page about Zwolle for a quick impression.
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. :-)
Denekamp, Singraven Estate - lovely spot
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.
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)Related to:
- Historical Travel
- Castles and Palaces
De Groote Schuur
Grote Hof ten Velde
De Italiaanse Villa
Het Nijenhuis (Diepenheim)
Het Nijenhuis (Heino)
Het Witte Huis
For me this is a Must Visit Again place. I wanted to make some pictures but the view on many buildings was blocked by the stalls of the Saturday market. Enschede is not a very historic place but it has a few churches that are interesting for me, while the town hall is of architectural importantance. I'll make sure there isn't a market going on before I go back.
The city of Deventer is an absolute must if you are in Overijssel. The small center of town has some nice monuments, all in walking distance.
And to get a special feeling do visit Deventer while there is a festival on like the Dickens festival each year just before christmas. Or the a street festival in mediaevil style on Ascensionday.
Also known as the Venice of the north, Giethoorn is a village that has a lot of water. In the old days all the transport was done by water, because the land around Giethoorn was to swampy to built roads.
Today the canals are more a tourist attraction lots of small boats tour the canals. you can rent a boat yourself or go on a tour.
More about Giethoorn at our Giethoorn page.
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