Oudewater Local Customs

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    The oldest nest in the Netherlands

    by Pavlik_NL Updated Mar 1, 2005

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    For centuries storches keep returning on this nest

    Right on top of the Oudewater townhall is a chimney with on top of it a large nest. this is not just a storches nest, but the oldest nest of the Netherlands (as it is said). Already in the painting of Dirck Stoop (1656) that represents the destruction of Oudewater by the revenging Spaniards, the nest is painted in. The attack was in 1575 and since then there were always reports of storches that used the nest, often the same couple returned year after year. Whole stories and legends are made about these storches during history. This makes it clear that this indeed might be oldest nest.

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    Witches weigh house

    by ATLC Updated Feb 4, 2005

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    Weigh house is on the left, beside the white building. Witches were believed to be weightless and could thus fly. Until the 18th century people accused of witchery were weighed here. But here the story goes differently than in so many other places. Weighing was always honest! So in fact, if you were afraid of being tried as a witch (and condemned to death), you could have yoursel weighed here and get a certificate that you're not a witch. They say it's the only place in Europe where this happens.
    Because of this, Charles V allowed his coat of arms in the facade of the weigh house. His motto Plus outre means Still further.

    These days it is a museum and you can still get your witches certificate!

    Each year the Witches festival takes place in June. Have a look at Heksenfestival

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    • Historical Travel
    • Family Travel
    • Museum Visits

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