Just a liitle place but look at it so lovely in a wonderful setting ,a great location along the Harbour ,a cup of coffee , a croissant a stroll along the beautiful harbour ,that is all you need ,and Brielle has it.
'' Chez Andre '' is written on the gable .
The STADHUIS in Brielle is located in the town centrum. The Town Hall dates back to 1623 and over the years was used as a jail and a weigh-house (waag).
It also houses the Brielle VVV or tourist information. I went in and received some brochures on Brielle. The attendant was friendly and helpful. Right after me, a gentleman from Vancouver, Canada asked about lodging for the night in Brielle. A fellow Canuck in the little town of Brielle. Imagine that!
This little square is hidden away between the old town hall, the main square and the area around the St. Catherijne church. It is very small and is build around an old well. A simple translation of the name would be 'around the well'. It's very pittoresque. And the big cannon rather dominates the quare..
I found that i wasn't the only one taking pictures of this square. That professional photographer was taking several shots here too..
The old town hall used to have a section that served as the town's prison from 1623 till 1891. The Brielle museum is now located in this old town prison. It is mostly just exhibition area but you can see the old purpose when you try to have a look out of the window..
I regularly take visitors from abroad (or in fact, if they are from somewhere in The Netherlands too) on a little stroll through Brielle.Showing them some highlights of our little town but leaving enough to explore later!
The following 30-odd tips are a description of the walk that I usually take. With a liquid reward at the end!
All photo's are made by my friend Nigel from Andover (UK) who kindly let me use them for this website.
At this point we're only 7 minutes from starting point. But of course one looks around, takes pictures so it takes a little longer.
Turning a corner one finds oneself at the old harbour where now various yachts and boats are moored.
Near the end of the walk (back in the main shopping street and only 5 minutes away from home) we stop by my friends Tanja and Martin who own a well-reputed wine and liquor shop. My guests and me are always treated to a glass of the local liquor (Molenbitter) and then the guests usually browse around and wonder at the huge collection of wines and other spirits.
If there is time, I take my guests to the windmill and around some little streets just off the main street where there are many quaint little houses. Then we return to the main street and I let them loose to do some shopping or they can sample a local drink here.
The other thing every Dutch town ought to have is a drawbridge, and this one is a splendid example.
Brielle is a genuinely historical town, once larger and more important than Rotterdam. You can see, I think, from this picture how older, traditional Dutch buildings sit side by side with newer housing built to meet the needs of the Europoort. It works surprisingly well. Brielle is very much a living working town, not a museum.
I did try to get a shot of the windmill and the drawbridge together, so I could label it "the only picture you ever need to take in the Netherlands!". But I couldn't get an angle on the two together, even though they are close.
St. Catharine's Church was built in fits and starts. The foundation was laid in 1417, but the church was destroyed by fire in 1456. In 1462 the townspeople started over again, building a little at a time, but in 1520 their funds ran out. Their ambitious plan to build the largest cruciform church in the country was never realized, but St. Catharine's is nevertheless a beautiful church.
Willem of Orange and his bride, Mary Stuart, worshipped here before leaving to take the throne of England.
I liked to stroll around the quiet streets of Brielle and to discover all the lovely corners and sideways. Brielle is a town which is visited by many tourists in summer. But I was luckky to see it in November 2008. It was cold but the light was mild and the streets were almost empty. The small houses have interesting details, which tell about the glorious history.
It just wouldn't be a Dutch town, would it, without a windmill?
In fact, although Brielle is close to an industrial area, it has many of the characteristics and charm of the quintessential Dutch town in the travel guides. It's just mercifully free of the busloads of tourists!
My neighbour who calls himself a "molinologist" and goes to international conferences about windmills would no doubt tell me that this particular windmill is what's known as a post mill - but I knew that anyway!
Brielle sits so peacefully on its little watery island, it's easy to forget that times were not always so happy.
So hard by the church you can find these reminders of a time when life was much less easy for the townsfolk - a cannon for seeing off outsiders, and a pillory to keep the locals in order!
I didn't find out whether there were plans afoot to use the pillory to keep in order those English people who lodge in Brielle while working in the port!
It may not be the Seychelles exactly. But being the Netherlands you are never very far from water and there there are some lovely spots just to sit and soak up the sun.
Would you believe this is an inlet of the North Sea in March? Yes, that is our own ATLC relaxing with me!
The museum is in a building, which has combined the former town hall, the city prison and the Stadtwaage (the city trading and weighing center). Going around you'll find very interesting exhibitions of the long history of Brielle starting with finds from the stoneages and showing portraits of known Brielle citizens.
I was very much impressed by the old prison cell, with the noice of creaking old doors, when I entered. There are also some old grafitties of people who suffered in the cells.
Of course the main exhibition is dedicated to the liberationg from the Spaniards in 17th century.