De Steeg Travel Guide

  • Castle/Estate Middachten
    Castle/Estate Middachten
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De Steeg Things to Do

  • Castle Middachten

    Castle Middachten was first recorded around 1190. The castle and gardens are in private possession. However it is opened for public. In 1673 the castle was largely destroyed during fights with the French army. During the years 1694-1697 the castle was rebuild by the architect J. Roman inspired on castle "het Loo"(former castle of the dutch Royal...

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  • Castle/Estate Middachten part II

    In the 12th century people where talking about this Castle/Estate. But it was till the 14th century when it appears in books, etc. In the 14th century it was owned by Everardus van Middachten. From there it stayed in the family till present day (even daughters back in those days ‘got’ the Castle/Estate). It was never sold.In 1673 there was a big...

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  • Castle/Estate Middachten part I

    In the 12th century people where talking about this Castle/Estate. But it was till the 14th century when it appears in books, etc. In the 14th century it was owned by Everardus van Middachten. From there it stayed in the family till present day (even daughters back in those days ‘got’ the Castle/Estate). It was never sold.In 1673 there was a big...

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  • Forest walks

    Every season has it's quality and charm in the forests of the National Parks and the private estates at its boundaries. In spring and summer some flowers and blueberries may greet you, in autumn the trees have nicely coloured leaves and you can find mushrooms, winter may find you lucky with catching some snow and icy ponds... And you can meet some...

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  • Have a drink and a rest in the autumn...

    A nice place for a drink is the teahouse "Koepel de Kaap", alongside the road from De Steeg to the Posbank, one of the focal points in National park Veluwezoom. All year round you can go here for a drink and a snack, though the best time is from March-September when you get a chance to sit outside. If you're lucky enough you may even get some sun...

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  • Heather walks

    The main season is the late summer, when the heather blossoms in shades of purple, usually around mid August. But also spring can be a nice time to go, with the trees in fresh green leaves and some flowering shrubs.

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De Steeg Restaurants

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    Rhederoord: Wholesome, slow, organic - great food!

    by PeteNL Updated Feb 2, 2006

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    The athmosphere is one special feature of this place - but also the great organic food! The chef, Eric van Veluwen is starting to become a bit of a celibrity, featuring some tv-shows on special dishes and organic cooking.
    He is one of the main Dutch representatives the slow food movement as well as the organic food movement, and also has written several books. Other special features are local dishes, "forgotten food" (food from the past that no longer is used and/or recipes that were "lost"), tapas, self-baked bread, special cheese (which one half of us just loves, the other ... not!). Quite a few dishes are also vegatarian, so there is choice for everyone.
    And there are several crash-courses in cooking, for example tapas.

    "Problem" here can be, that if you are a party of 2-5, you may have a problem getting in, when there are for example (too) few others, or already a (too) big party. So it's always wise to check in advance. Or just book there for a seminar or overnight stay with your company or private group! (see hotel tip).

    Favorite Dish: The wild fowl and deer or boar dishes are great, when it's the season. Also the (Scottish, not local) salmon and Hereford beef (from a local farmer) dishes taste wonderful. Pastries, bread and other "simple dishes" for lunch or breakfast are also worth a try!

    Every last sunday of the month is there is the co-called "Supersoul Club", with "soul" food and some lounge music, where you can try several small dishes at the fireplace, go for a walk or just enjoy the scenery and the athmosphere...

    organic vegetables to go into the dishes home-baked bread, also organic Cheese, cheese, cheese - not for both of us though Great wines, original interior even the flowers are organic
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    • Food and Dining
    • Wine Tasting
    • Eco-Tourism

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De Steeg Transportation

  • Hiking around the various pathways

    Going for a walk and hiking in the area of De Steeg can be anything from a leisurely walk to/from the car in heather or forest, to a day of hiking in the vast 5000 hectares of the National Park. The heather "uplands" (not higher than 100m above sealevel!) provide great views, the forest is quite varied from pine planations to semi-natural beech and...

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  • Go bicycle - be Dutch!

    Many cycling routes cross the National Park and the neighbouring forest and riverside landscape. Great cycling, though a bit hilly in places!Bike rental is available in many nearby villages, for example at the nearby Rheden trainstation.

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De Steeg Local Customs

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    The Devil's stone and other...

    by PeteNL Updated Feb 6, 2006

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    In the forest belonging to the nearby Middachten estate, you will find one of the rare ice age relics, a single rock having been carried here from Scandinavia in the last Ice Age.
    This particular one is called the Devil's stone, as it has some small round holes which resemble the imprints of (3) fingers that may have lifted it...
    As the story goes, in some long gone era there was a strong competition between a priest or religious lord, living on a hill above De Steeg, and the Devil who lived in the nearby city of Doesburg.
    Singing songs of praise and delivering sermons from the hill infuriated the devil, and he demanded the priest's songbook. When the priest refused to give the book, he picked up a stone from the riverside to throw at the priest. He missed - and lost his power (and disappeared) because of that.... The grateful priest decided to build a church on the location where the devil disappeared. The (high) churchtower of Doesburg still marks this spot.

    Another version tells that the devil was infuriated seeing the churchtower(s) of Doesburg, so he threw the stone, and missed....

    Devil's stone, The holes on the surface, resembling fingerprints It's no small stone, this...
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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Arts and Culture

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