The Nationale Sleepbootdagen in Zwartsluis is a festival where tugboats return to the historic harbor of Zwartsluis for three days of entertainment, food, art, history, and a fair welcome to the summer. Vintage, working and retired tugboats are moored at the Handelskade in Zwartsluis, right in front of the building where I work at. To me this means a couple of days of beautiful views at the harbor and in the meanwhile meeting some very interesting people.
Many of the historic tugboats are open for tour on saturday of the festival. This is really great to do and do ask some questions to the owners of the boats, because they are all extremely proad of their boats and are very, very willing to tell you alle about it. Be on hand at noon sunday as the tugs leave shore to participate in the Harbor Days Tugboat Races, out in the deep channel of the Zwartewater. So it's quite clear that the Nationale Sleepbootdagen are a celebration of the maritime heritage and is a huge gathering of tugboaters and a small showing of artists along the banks of the village of Zwartsluis.
The 2010 Nationale Sleepbootdagen was a huge success indeed. The weather was gorgeous, and for once the temperature was high enough all day, but still ramps weren’t too steep and the air wasn’t too hot. Ideal for three days of festivities. And i can tell you this much: whether you're a boating enthusiast, or simply someone in search of a tasty trip down the village of Zwartsluis or have a relaxed saunter along the dock the Nationale Sleepbootdagen has it in store for you.
At this time that I'm writing this tip on Virtual Tourist, the 2012 event hasn't been planned yet. So do have a look at the website of the organisation:
At this website you will read about the new Sleepbootdagen whenever ths information is available. At least I know that I am already looking forward to it.
Zwartsluis is a small village in the Dutch province of Overijssel and is located in the municipality of Zwartewaterland, at the mouth of the Zwartewater River and the Meppelerdiep canal. The village is home to many recreational boats, as well as a heritage fleet of fishing and cargo vessels. The Arembergergracht links the town with the Beulaker and Belter lakes and a multitude of smaller bodies of water just north, created by peat digging.
This little introduction of the village of Zwartsluis proofs that it has a huge link with the water. Therefore is great to enjoy the fact that Zwartsluis has a very nice tradition called the Nationale Sleepbootdagen (The National Tugboat Days), which takes place in Zwartsluis every two year. The other year Vianen (Utrecht) is the hosting village. In both places this event guarantees tens of thousands of visitors. The atmosphere is amazing and it is definately the largest event organized in the entire area.
I guess we all agree on this on; there is nothing more exciting than going travelling - exploring another country, experiencing a different culture, travelling around in new ways, sampling the local cuisine and chatting to the local people for a different perspective on life.
However during our travels we learned that there is one certain thing that you should be aware of and prepared for to make sure that the trip is as easy and enjoyable as possible. We always try to see everything once we're there, but this is not always an act of responsible travelling. We always talk to the locals and we know that they have the information about just the right spots to visit and how to undertake them. It will not only enhance your experiences but also avoid any unnecessary hassles.
For us the travel tips we have written in this section made the most of our travel experience and we came home in the same happy, healthy state that we left.