Tourist Office Oudewater supplies information about Oudewater and surroundings.
Address: Kapellestraat 2, 3421 CV Oudewater
Fondest memory: Located in the Kapellenstraat, just round the corner from the Town Hall. It's the white building.
1 April – 1 October
Tue to Sat : 10.00 – 16.00
Sunday (July/Aug) : 11.00 – 15.00
1 October – 1 April
Tue to Sat: 10.00 – 13.00
Oudewater is an old town that got it's cityrights before 1265 by the bishop of Utrecht. The town was situated on the border between the bisdom Utrecht and the ducy of (South) Holland and therefore a fortified place of strategic importance. Trade in - for example rope that was manufactured here - was an important economic drive to prosparity, but during the 80 years independance war of the Netherlands, the Spaniards completely destroyed the town. This as a revenge to it's part in the first free state council together with 11 other towns (1572).
Fondest memory: Visiting again in May 2005 with Julia and Sasha, both definately to light to get a non-witch certificate. And indeed ... both were declared to be witches ... we had a nice campfire later that day - hahaha
Favorite thing: In the here and now, Oudewater is a town that is hidden inside the green heart of the Randstad Holland. Not getting it's share of visitors that it deserves as the complete inner town is appointed as monumental and houses beautiful houses on scenic canals, as well as churches, bridges, a wonderful townhall and of course the "Heksenwaag" (weighing house for witches). It is a perfect stop when traveling along the A12 between The Hague and Utrecht, as it is only a 10 minute drive from there to get in the centre of town. In the surroundings one finds typical Dutch landscapes in which pleasant bikingtours can be made.
Favorite thing: This building got its name from the 9 heads on the front. And no.....the leaning over is NO trick of the eye.