Before we started to count the years (B.C. and Anno) there were already people living in Maasland. Archeologues have found foundations from buildings that belonged to farmers in the Iron-age.A lot of pottery tells us that the Romains lived, worked and staid for a long and intensive time around Maasland.The year 275 shows that the buildings and...more
Maasland was a kingdom in the old days. Later they gave it in rental to lords and sirs. Maasland was very wet and a kid of swampy. They started to dry ground and build a farmyard on it. This was not as big as Maasland is now, but it went all the way to the river in Vlaardingen (which was called Sciplede in 1083 and now " De Vlaardingse Vaart".more
King Otto the 3rd gace Count Dirk the 2nd Maasland as propperty in 985.The count gave premission to build a church in Maasland. In 1243 a man called Diederik van Coldenhove gave all his pesessions ( also a stone house!) to the Knighthood of the German Orde (this is my translation so maybe this is very wrong). This knighthood is one of the biggest...more
After a big fire in 2002 they had to start rebuilding the restaurant, which was placed in a farmbuilding from 1778.The restaurant is still in this farm and if you are inside you can have a wonderfull look of the polders, farms and animals.(Got no picture of it, cause its not finished rebuilding yet, but there is a lovely picture on their...more
This place is old, till 1874 the heads of the community had sittings and meetings here.
Cause there was no town hall. So you could also marrie here and they kept all the dosiers here.
When we were there it was closed. But i had a peek through the window and it looked like a nice place to stay (also for diners and snacks)
Dress Code: Come as you are !
Maasland is a very small town and the center is full of water. I dont know your parking but mine near water is always different then just a nice parking spot far away from water.
Beside that if you come on bike you get that historic feeling of being back in time!
This bike isnt used for a long time.....spotted it infront of a little house near the water.
This picture is take through the window, but although its a little misty you still can see the old inside and a lot of candy. Its a kind of a museum where you can see how stores managed to handle in the old days and what kind of candies they had then.Pay attention, they will not sell the normal candy like you know now.And dont forget to have a...more
Outside you can see a very old house. Inside you can eat your heart out !The Netherlands have traditional candy's. Most of them arent around anymore ...but in this little shop you can buy them all ! Well i dont know about you, but i would love to buy some drop.....black.....sweet....hmmmm (sorry i am gone now for a minute to see if i got any in my...more
Most people in the south of holland are used to water. They live near the beach, polder, river or lake. We are not yet the Venetie of the Netherlands, but we are used to water.
Living near or on the water is something more Dutch would like. This family is lucky to have a house near the water.
Most of the Dutch families have boats or canoes of their own, so explore the waterways.
This can be a problem if there are too much of them, but even one can be a pain in the...neck!
You have to pay attention all the time when you hear them coming you way, before you know it.....you have a ***ty sleave, hair or...car.
This family keeps ppigeons for fun on their rooftop.
If you need a quiet day with not a lot of noise and other tourists...you should go to Maasland.
Unique Suggestions: Make sure you can go when you want and that you have an other plan in mind. You have seen Maasland in about 4 hours (And that is when you go and see ALL of Maasland !)
Fun Alternatives: Go there for half-a-day and then visite Hoek van Holland or the Maesland Kering (see my travelogues) or Rotterdam, to have some entertainment.
Luggage and bags:
Nothing special, because all you need you can find in this little town. The picture is funny because there was a humb on the road and i took this picture from the car. On the background is a second church from Maasland.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Just normal clothing
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: A hospital is close by in Delft
Photo Equipment: YES ! There are some beautifull spots to make pictures.
Miscellaneous: There is a lot to see in Maasland if you like to be in a place full of history.
Just kidding with the rafting. But you can canoe through Maasland. Nearby there is a place where you can rent canoes and in the Westland is a lot of water. (In the old day the farmers used the water to bring the vegetables to the clients and later to the auctions).
Equipment: You need your swimmsuit and a canoe !
You have to take a good look around you when you walk through Maasland. There are signs everywhere about the history. Not only like on this house, but in trees, doorways and the floor. There are archeological places and maybe even ancien people (??)Anyway..........HAVE FUN...........!more
This mill is rebuilded several times....and also for this year (2003) there is big maintenance needed.A Miller and his family are living in this mill now and the mill is still needed to keep dry feet ! "Dijkmolen"Molenweg 63155 AV Maasland.Only to see inside during the Westlandse Milldays.more