Zoetermeer Things to Do

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    The museum

    by ATLC Updated Jun 26, 2003

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    On my little walk through the old village, I found myself opposite the museum. It shows the history of Zoetermeer and Zegwaart. For Dutch readers the link below is very interesting. Also a book on Zoetermeer history by W.J. Veldhuizen is fully available on the net. A nice read!

    www.oudsoetermeer.nl/hgos/pubs/zzhw/zzhw.html

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    City heart (Stadshart)

    by ATLC Written Jun 26, 2003

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    The old center is quite tiny. When I walked off the Dorpsstraat I found myself looking at this conglomeration of semi-highrise of apartment flats, hiding the inner (shopping )centre.
    Now this center (Stadshart) is baffling. I was here years ago and it is quite impossible to get into the center by car. It wasn't the best introduction to Zoetermeer, and I guess that's where it gets its nickname Concrete City (Beton stad).

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    The Old Church (Oude Kerk)

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    Interestingly, it is very clear that the tower and church are of different dates.
    In the 17th century the Dutch Reformed church and Remonstant church also existed in Zoetermeer where the larger and more powerful Reformed Church used the Oude Kerk. Membership of a church was also a political statement. At the end of the 17th century a fight between the Reformed and Remonstrant broke out, the retired Remonstrant vicar fled and drowned, his body lay on the church doorway for 5 days before it was dragged to the cemetary and buried without a casket. Gory eh?
    During that same time, the Reformed church had the right to tax beer, grain and weddings and such. This financed the church building which was finished in 1787. The church tower was already finished in 1642.

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    Village street

    by ATLC Written Jun 26, 2003

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    The "dorpsstraat" is not really the town center of Zoetermeer. That is the modern "stadshart" (city heart) with all the well known chain stores.
    Well, I didn't come to shop. Just to have a look around and there were some nice local shops there anyway.

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    Nutricia

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    Mr. Van der Hagen managed to be the only producer licensed to produce cattle food. His company named Nutricia turned out to be the main babyfood producer to this day. It's competitor Friesche Vlag (Frisolac) never managed more than 25% of the market and the only other player is indeed Nutricia.
    Almost every Dutch child will have been fed something Nutricia in its early years and I'm no exeption. How I hated that Bambix porridge!
    Then there's Olvarit, first produced in 1949. Those are little glass pots of baby food. And if babies are bottle-fed they are mostly given Nutrilon babymilk.

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    Butter village

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    Zoetermeer used to be a a butter producing village in the 2nd half of the 19th century.
    The village profited greatly from the railway between The Hague and Utrecht which made Zoetermeer into a trading center, especially for butter.
    Three gentlemen started well known Dutch businesses here.

    On the photo you see the coat of arms of the two villages that became one: Zegwaart and Zoetermeer.

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    Vlamingstraat

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    The Vlamingstraat is a little dyke with water on one side, and on either side a collection of lovely cottage-like houses, renovated farms and posher villa's.

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    Different periods

    by ATLC Written Jun 26, 2003

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    Here you can see how the church building and tower differ.
    There's a clockwork in the tower from the 17th century which is currently being restored.
    See the link for more photo's of the clockwork.

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    St. Nicholas church

    by ATLC Written Jun 26, 2003

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    I can't find anything interesting to say about this church. I guess it's Catholic or it wouldn't have Saint Nicholas on its front.

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    Zoetermeer butter

    by ATLC Written Jun 26, 2003

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    In the 1930s there were no less than 50 butter farmers in the area.
    The well known Leeuwenzegel, Bak & Braad and Wajang (the latter is vegetable butter) was produced by Margarine producer Brinkers.

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