Zwartsluis Sports & Outdoors

  • The Kerkstraat in Zwartsluis.
    The Kerkstraat in Zwartsluis.
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  • The neighborhood Buitenkwartier
    The neighborhood Buitenkwartier
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  • Look up for these beautiful facades.
    Look up for these beautiful facades.
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    Hiking - Lose yourself in the maze of alleys.

    by Jerelis Updated Jun 4, 2010

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    Look up for these beautiful facades.

    The old village of Zwartsluis, was established in the 14th century. Because of its dependence of its defences, it was forced to develop within their narrow confines of the fortress. The development in the area of the walled town was very limited. Zwartsluis acquired its final shape 80 years after the building of it walls and the next wave of occupiers did not bring many changes. Thus, even today, it retains its old form to a great extent. Narrow and winding streets, small squares and multistoreyed houses are the basic characteristics and the result is very pleasing aesthetically. The rich and imposing town houses and the public buildings in all kind of styles coexist harmoniously with each other.

    Take time to meander - losing yourself in the maze of alleys, streets and lanes is one of Zwartslui's principal pleasures. The cluster of sights at the main square are nice, but the more secret pleasures of the hushed backstreets are just entrancing. The most important place you will miss if you're in a rush is the Buitenkwartier. Maybe this is easy for us to say as we stayed for a longer period of time and not like most of the tourists only for one day. But even when your stay is rather short, do try to get away from the crowds and just have a 'look around'. All this may seem very though as finding your way in Zwartsluis might be difficult, but in really distances are short and the signs to the main areas will help you in getting around in Zwartsluis. It's simply a perfect place to walk for a few hours and pretending to know where you are.

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    Hiking - Don't rush it!

    by Jerelis Written Jun 4, 2010

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    The neighborhood Buitenkwartier

    Most people try to rush Zwartsluis on a budget so they end up missing some of the highlights in a whirlwind. The key to seeing Zwartsluis properly is a game plan, you must know what you want to see before setting out.

    Before we visited Zwartsluis we already had a look at the internet. As we are from The Netherlands we are used to doing a lot by foot and we were pleasantly surprised that Zwartsluis is a village in which everybody walks and you're trully able to explore all the sights by foot. Our two feet were our best friends and therefore we were able to enjoy all the fascinating scenery Zwartsluis had to offer. While most tour guides don't recommend getting lost in the majority of cities, Zwartsluis is the place to get hopelessly lost for an hour or so. We wondered off through mysterious alleyways leading us away from the crowds. We ended up in endless mazes of backstreets and deserted squares, the 'real' Zwartsluis!

    Take time to meander - losing yourself in the maze of alleys, streets and lanes is one of Zwartsluis's principal pleasures. Throughout the old part of the village we saw the curious mixture of architectural styles left behind by the previous inhabitants of the village. The streets wind and wander with no discerrible order or object. Picturesque cobblestone alleyways are interspersed by graceful churches, squares and a small selection of pubs where we had our lunches and by the end of the day had a nice cold beer.

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    Hiking - Explore the village by footh.

    by Jerelis Updated Jun 4, 2010

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    The Kerkstraat in Zwartsluis.

    We have visited quite some dutch villages over the years and we can honestly say that visiting Zwartsluis is worth while. Maybe in this part of the country there is nothing like the village of Zwartsluis and especially the old historical center. Zwartsluis is in the Netherlands, and yet it is a bit of culture unto itself. It's the dream world of every water sports enthusiast. Zwartsluis offers all possibilities for fun on the water which is no miracle, because the former "Swart Sluys Fortress" is on crossing of the important canals Meppelerdiep and Zwartewater. It also has a direct connection to the Overijssel and Frisian Lakes region, as well as to the IJsselmeer. It has been the gateway to the North and is also a paradise for pleasure boaters, sailors, surfers, swimmers, canoeists and fishermen. Zwartsluis is the home to 1200 yachts, so time to explore it!

    We can honestly state that the best way to explore Zwartsluis is by foot and the second best way is also by foot! Besides giving you the opportunity to roam the narrow streets and the cosy squares, it is the quickest way too. If you really want to, you can cross the city in approximately half a hour. Remember that sometimes it might be quicker (and nicer!) to take a few short-cuts into picturesque alleys instead of following the masses of tourists.

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