Avond4Daagse – Our First Time!

Avond4Daagse  – Our First Time!

Another Dutch tradition for me and the kids to experience is the Avond4Daagse. This is the FIRST year for our kids to participate.  Not sure why we didn’t do it last year when they were their newcomers class but we never heard about it.

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KEY POINTS

  • Kids  walk 5KM, 10KM, 15KM or 25KM each night for 4 consecutive nights.
  • Whole point is to promote outdoor, healthy exercise.
  • It is an offspring of the Nijmegen Vierdaagse.
  • It seem that kids start to join in from age 5, but I did see some younger kids too.
  • Most walk together with their school groups with coordinating shirts.
  • One person holds a flag or teddy with same shirt up high so you can find your group and stick together (if you want).
  • Warning: Cover your ears when you enter tunnels as kids scream as loudly!
  • Not sure if it’s true but I was told you want to be the first in your school to get back to the start. We did NOT try for this at all.
  • Kids bring snoepjes to eat and share with friends.
  • Each school sets up a table with drinks and treats someone where along the walk.
  • Kids pay €5 each and get a small treat each day (apples were provided 2x, water and kit kat bar).
  • Strangely enough, you are NOT required to walk all four nights (it used to be but not any more!  There are no check points or stamping system, so you can walk only one night (closest to your house and take home a metal – but you must pay the €5.
  • Final night, each child receives a medal – with a number representing the number of times you’ve participated so in our case #1 – EXCITING!

WHERE DO YOU WALK?

Each night the location changes where it starts… but it’s all within Den Bosch so you really get to see a lot of the city.  Still maintain our area is the BEST!  Depending on where you live, you’ll have to trek across the gemeente to the starting point.  This is best done on your bike as there will be traffic and parking issues.

Day 1:  De Donken
Day 2:  Hintham
Day 3:  Schutskamp
Day 4:  City Centre

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Our friends in Den Haag do it every year and knowing them they are walking the 15 or 25 KM 🙂   There are walks that take place all over the country, co-ordinated on this website.  Anyway, our eldest at 11 chose to walk the 10K with some classmates and our second at 9 did the 5K with me.  That was plenty for her… even next year, I think 5KM is plenty!

NIGHT ONE

We first started off at their friends house where we’d cycle with them and their dad – he’s from the area so us being able to tag along with them was very handy!

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We had to first cycle 5.5 KM, then walk 5KM, then cycle 5KM home.   Our non-native Dutch legs were fine. Earlier in the day, I was dreading it.  Ha ha    All in all it wasn’t so bad, but my 9 year old was mad at me because I was over protective of her cycling.  She kept going out to the left on the bike path so I was concerned other that she be hit by the fast cyclist going by and the scooters, etc.   She has never had a bad fall on her bike as we do in the Netherlands – no one wears helmets, I’m concerned for her.  But after three days of cycling like this – she was so great, I’m very comfortable with her cycling skills.

They were very particular about looking at the kaartjes this year before they gave out the water, but they didn’t stamp the cards.   So unlike years before where you had to do each and every night, you do NOT have to do all four nights.

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After the first night, Soren came home excited and told me that I have to make him this “lemon and peppermint thing” which he can suck on like some of his friends.  Oh okay – so immediately I search it up and discover to what he is referring.

You cut an orange or lemon in half, put a few peppermints on top and then wrap in a cheesecloth or tea towel.  Kids suck on it when they walk.  Dentists hate them and encourage parents and kids to not use them.  Some kids love them.  After the one time – Soren didn’t need it again – great! 

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Image Credit: https://tips4family.nl/2018/05/23/avond-2-van-de-vierdaagse/

NIGHT TWO

First we need to get from the city centre to the starting point in Hintham (edge of Rosmalen) near Den Bosch Football stadium where co-incidentally they were playing so you could hear chants, drums and yelling from time to time.   So first cycle 4 KM then walk 5KM then cycle 4 KM home.   

First we walked through some estates and over the Ah river.

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Then it took us around the Oosterplaas which was nice as I’ve never been there. 

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NIGHT THREE

While not as far as night 1 & 2, Maebh & I cycled over to CHC Voetball club where this walk began.  It was a fine walk – through neighborhoods of their newcomersclass school, by the Paleiskwartier over behind the Jeroen Bosch Ziekenhuis and then back through the same neighborhoods and returned to the CHC to grab our bikes and head home.

The 10K loop did the De Moerputten and Soren came home COVERED in bug bites – need to remember for next year, we must cover him in insect repellant!

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NIGHT FOUR

I love this location – it starts & ends at the Parade, so we’ll just walk from home!  When we got there we didn’t see any of M’s friends nor the school flag but we did see a girl in Soren’s class which Maebh is friends with so we walked with them … perfect!

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During the walk, kids from our school detour and stop by the Zuid school where the kids pick up their medals and can stay and have a drink and a bit of party.  Many families go home from there, but some continue on to the Parade where there is loads of music and entertainment where the final event comes together!  Some families buy chocolates, flowers and other treats to congratulate the kids for walking – now I find that a bit silly and a waste of money but I guess it’s part of the tradition.  We didn’t make it to the Parade this year, we finished up at the school.  But next year, we’ll grab the medal from the school yard and go straight on…   I’d like to see what’s happening there.

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At first Maebh was angry that we didn’t go to the Parade, but Soren and Nils are off to the UK early this am to watch a football match and I didn’t want to make it any later.   She got over it rather quickly, thankfully!  It was already nearly 9 pm when we walked home – look how beautiful – and the hot air balloon started to take off as we walked home.

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I’m also pleased that our kids walked ALL FOUR NIGHTS and happy the weather cooperated all four nights!  I suppose to me this was the best night – probably because we are all happy our lives are going to return to ‘normal’ and I walked with both kids together.  Now no more super fast dinners and out the door, riding our bikes across town then walking 5KM or 10 KM.  Figuring out who Soren can go to and from while I walked with Maebh.   Kids can go to be earlier and be less grumpy in the morning when I’m getting them out of bed.

Glad I got to experience our first Avond4Daagse – great for my Inburgering 🙂  So will we do it again next year – ABSOLUTELY!

Kevelaer & Xanten, Germany

Kevelaer & Xanten, Germany

During our recent Easter trip to Germany to visit Irrland – Europe’s biggest adventure farm oasis, we stopped by two different villages in Germany, Kevelaer & Xanten – both were very cute, worth visiting and easy day trip from the Netherlands.

Kevelaer, Germany

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Kevelaer is a town in the district of Kleve, in North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany. It is the largest Catholic pilgrimage location within north-western Europe.  As you walk through the town, you cannot help but notice all the religious shops.  In fact, more than 1 million pilgrims, mostly from Germany and the Netherlands, visit Kevelaer every year to honour the Virgin Mary.  The large pilgrimage church, Stations of the Cross and numerous chapels, including the Chapel of Grace, are the major points of interest for Christians visiting Kevelaer.  If interested in finding out more visit here.

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For 375 years, Christians looking for hope have sought out an image of the Mother of God: the Madonna in the small Baroque chapel on Kapellenplatz (Chapel Square) at the heart of Kevelaer.  Click on that link above to see a live webcam feed.  This has transformed the tiny town in the Lower Rhine region into one of the most important Marian shrines in Germany, and made it a meeting place for prayer and silent conversation with God.

There was a mass going on so I didn’t get to pop my head inside but I did take some photos outside.

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We walked around a bit where I took some photos of the lovely buildings. (It is here my American side really comes out.  I really love the various buildings and the fine details, the windows, the colors even the choice of fonts.  While my European friends & hub’s family members don’t even notice or care about them like I do).  Oh yeah, we did enjoy a beer on a sunny terrace before heading having a pizza for dinner and heading back to Schloss Wissen for the night.

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Xanten, Germany

Old town of Xanten, Germany was the second place worth mentioning.  Located a bit further west, it is still not that far from the border of the Netherlands – so an easy day trip.

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Xanten is a town in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is located in the district of Wesel.  Xanten is known for the Archaeological Park, one of the largest archaeological open air museums in the world, built at the site of the Roman settlements Colonia Ulpia Traiana.

We first went there on Monday morning to find a place for breakfast and ended up in Cafe Moll & Dom and had a yummy breakfast before walking around the town a bit.   No we didn’t get a cake but they were huge and looked AMAZING!!

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We started to walk up by St. Viktor Dom and followed the footprints on the ground…  (It also had a mass going on – as it was Second Easter day – otherwise I would have looked inside – the photos from google are very impressive)

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Maebh and I walked over to the large windmill we saw from the car on the way in. We didn’t know that until after that it is Kriemhildmühle – an actual working windmill that allows you to go right into the works.  After you can get an excellent cup of coffee and a nice baked treat that’s made from grain that’s ground right there in the mill itself!!   Next time for sure!!

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Both kids were tired, everyone was a bit nippy with each other [I didn’t sleep at all the night before thanks to those bells] and at this point no one wanted to visit  the archaeological open air museum,.  Instead we ended up just driving home.  We’ll definitely go back another time as it’s not far from us at all. 

I love visiting these villages in Germany.  Of course, visiting them during Christmas season is great too as they have the Christmas Market (Xanten is supposed to have a nice one) and so much atmosphere, but living so close by in the Netherlands, I hope to explore Germany more this summer.   I really want to visit Monschau next and spend a few nights.  But new rule – I’m now going to be sure to confirm my hotel & room is not opposite a clock tower or church – oh the bells 🙂  

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Schloss Wissen, Weeze, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Schloss Wissen, Weeze, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

As our family didn’t have any plans with the extended family over the Easter weekend, we decided to drive a bit over an hour and head west into Germany and spend one night away.  Our plan was that we’d spend Easter Sunday at Irrland in Kevelaer, Germany – Europe’s biggest “Farm – Adventure Oasis” which was a lot of fun and book a hotel nearby.  Come Monday, the second Easter day, we’d just go around locally – perhaps visit Archäologischer Park Xanten Eingang LVR-Römermuseum for the day and then make our way home.  While the kids were off for two full weeks, N had to work on Tuesday.

SCHLOSS WISSEN HOTELLERIE

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In looking at the hotels nearby Irrland, the main reason we went to Germany, we found Schloss_Wissen_Hotellerie and decided that would be where we would stay.   It was a beautiful location on the grounds of a real German castle which is over 555 years old.  But as the castle is a private residence,  you are not allowed into it, but you can walk the grounds. There are multiple bike paths that go through the grounds if you wish to walk or bring your bike. I read somewhere they have some bikes you could borrow – not sure if that is still the case – do ask, if interested. 

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As for the facilities – they offer a buffet breakfast at 15. per person which we politely declined.  We did go into the historical, lovely old town of Xanten instead and had breakfast at Cafe Moll am Dom which I will make a separate post about that cute town and Kevelaer, Germany soon. Personally, I like to see a breakfast included in the price of hotels when the price point is over 100 per night stay like it is in Ireland (guess we’re spoiled with so many weekends away).   Anyway,  I understood it was a buffet breakfast of coffee/tea, juice, pastry, some breads, sandwich meats and a boiled eggs.  At a price of 60 for our family for just breakfast, I’d like a bigger, better set up with more choice.    Plus I know my kids… M will have a croissant with jam or a single bowl of corn flakes and a glass of juice – so I’d rather not pay 15 for just that.  Hopefully I am not the only person who thinks this is not good value?  Bueller, Bueller?  Someone please tell me I’m not the only one!

There is no bar or restaurant onsite and it is quite remote (read: you must have a car to get around) but again for us it was only for one night, so we didn’t really care too much about the hotel facilities.  We try to book hotels with a pool and a bar onsite but this time we didn’t care – as we knew we were not going to be using it and it was for only one night.     They do offer a park and fly deal for those traveling out of Weeze – so that might be handy… but see my warning below first before you book.

About our specific room – Alexandrina.  The room was clean, spacious had a pull out sofa for the budgies and a room for the adults.  The TV was upstairs however in a loft – I would have preferred it to be downstairs so we could have lounged around a bit as a family.

I had two complaints about the hotel which would prevent us from staying here again – but for others it might not bother them.

1). The pillows.  While feather, they were so thin, I couldn’t get comfortable.  I had to take ALL the towels from the bathroom, fold them and put them inside my pillow case to make the pillow thicker.

2) Ringing bells from the clock tower.   My kids and hubby slept through it but for me, I didn’t sleep well at all… each time I finally fell asleep, BONG, I woke to bells ringing – it did my flipping head in!!  I personally am a light sleeper, so for me this was so hard.  I had the same issue during Xmas at the Zaltbommel apartment – The clock rang every quarter of an hour and chimes the number of hours on the hour, day and night, 7 days a week .  Again these issues were my issues and for others might not bother them at all.  I am sure others who live near a church are used to it… my in laws live opposite a church they are used to it – but for me, I HATE it! 🙂   It can’t be just me who cannot deal with the bells?!  

Perhaps if our room was located in a unit not as close to the tower that would be better.  I don’t know… I just didn’t sleep and when Mama doesn’t sleep, the next day is a bad day for all 🙂 

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Their website is only in German and Dutch but you can see the room options and details and use google translate tool if you don’t understand either of these languages and want to get some history about the castle and specifically about each room and see more about the hotel and what it offers.

 

 

Mother’s Day 2019

Mother’s Day 2019

Yesterday’s Mother’s Day was the BEST ever!  My kids, at 11 & 9, were totally alone in this effort.  They were downstairs in the kitchen where they made me breakfast and delivered it to me in my bed.  I heard loads of whispers and up comes two smiling kids, with granola, yogurt and cut strawberries and freshly squeezed orange juice.

And look at this drawing of me and the poem – pretty impressive!  I’m so lucky to be the mom of these two sweeties!

Looking forward to next year already! 🙂

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And S forgot his at school so I just got this today. His is in English vs Dutch 🙂

Note: ‘sorry I suck at crafts part’ Ha ha

Irrland, Kevelaer, Germany: Europe’s biggest “Farm-Adventure Oasis”

Irrland, Kevelaer, Germany: Europe’s biggest “Farm-Adventure Oasis”

Today we drove a bit over one hour from our home in the Netherlands to visit Europe’s biggest “farm adventure oasis” park called Irrland in Kevelaer, Germany.

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I first found this place online and knew it was a great place for us to visit at least once.  A few people I spoke with, who visited before, told me we’d love it and, they were right, it was a great day for the kids!   However, after being there once, I must say that it would have been better if we were, like the other 99%, with a huge BBQ set up!  Anyway, when you are not prepared, you make the most of it, and we did just that.

What sets this park apart from others is three things:

  1.  PRICE
  2.  ITEMS ALLOWED TO BRING INTO THE PARK
  3.  OPEN EVERY HOLIDAY!!

The park is open in summer from 9 am to 7 pm so you can really go ALL day if you wanted!  But do check online the dates/times when you go and don’t trust my information as we all know things are subject to change.  Judging by the full car parks when we came in, people were there very early – I suspect to get their preferred spots.

I can spend hours talking about what we saw, what you can do, what we did, etc.  Instead, I’ll keep it simple and encourage you to look online (or if close enough, go and visit the park yourself).

Essentially, it’s a large outdoor park (but not one with big electric action rides like Effteling or Duinrell but more of a farm slash adventure playground type park) spread out over more than 8,000 square meters and split into three areas – North, South & West.   You park where there is space – first come first serve – but no worries, you can rent little carts for 3.00 (with €10. deposit) to get your stuff from the entrance to your bbq spot.  Of course, from your car to the cart you are on your own.  

In total, there are apparently more than 80 different games & learning attractions to enjoy. 

We didn’t do or see them all, but here are some of the highlights:

  • indoor climbing park
  • inflatables all over the park
  • water slides
  • VERY, VERY high dry slides – which were unmanned & scared the crap out of me!! 
  • water park area / paddling area
  • floating water logs which our kids LOVED!!
  • indoor playground with corn
  • bamboo mazes
  • various go-karts – according to my hubby, the largest track in Europe!
  • exotic & farmyard animals

Here are a few photos from today…

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PRICE =  A CHEAP DAY OUT FOR THE FAMILY!

Day entry is 7.50 pp.  Online purchase allows you to save .50 pp . of if you  go with a group of 20 and you can pay 5.50 pp.   A season ticket is only 25.00 per person so if you live nearby, and judging by the cars in the lots, MANY DO, this is the place where families go for a good time and a budget price.   Oh and parking is FREE!

We got there fairly early (10 am) but not as early as so many other families who were already their and even had their bbq started at 10 am?!  A bit early in my mind but okay!  We wanted to find an area with both shade and sun with an umbrella near the water park area so we set out over towards the North/South area though our car was parked on the West – so it was a bit of a hike.   We found an umbrella in a great location, but no table because those who were already there took the tables and benches so Nils found some from others areas around the corner.  It is very common to take bbq pits from empty areas, so arrive early or you’ll find yourself with no tables, no benches or no bbqs.  We found some families with THREE BBQs, loads of tables and beaches.  The photo below is what the free bbq areas look like – you could go with several families and get a group in a row but again if you wanted to ensure you had more privacy or a specific area or set number together, you should rent a private villa.

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Anyway, we set up our towels and a blanket I brought and set off to explore the park a bit with the kids to get them acquainted before we headed back to our area.  We also wanted to get a bite to eat as we didn’t bring a bbq – unlike 99% of the park.  Then when we got to the kiosk nearest out area and it was closed so we had no choice but to go to the other side of the park.  We ended up having french fries (very reasonably priced at €1.50 per portion) but there was not much other food options again as 99% of the park brings their own food.  Bummer for us, but it makes sense.   The kids played in the water for a bit before we headed off.

WHAT YOU ARE ALLOWED TO BRING INTO THE PARK

Again, we didn’t BBQ but what we saw was that nearly all families brought their own supplies, tablecloths, charcoal, meats, drinks, salads, EVERYTHING!!  I did read online that they offer the ability to purchase meats and charcoal, fire starters online and pick it up when you arrive.  Much like you were camping, you need to bring all your utensils, etc – but it seemed like everyone who was doing it was very prepared.  Many even had quite the spread including beer & wine in glass containers which might be a problem in the future if accidents. Some tables looked so good, we wanted to join them! I am a huge fan of middle eastern food so the salads were especially delicious looking!!

OPEN EVERY HOLIDAY

One plus about this park was that they are open for all holidays so for those not celebrating the particular holidays, they had a place to visit for that day.    We visited on Easter Sunday!

PRIVATE VILLA RENTAL 

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If we ever returned, we would definitely get a private villa rental – while they have no power, no water, no fridge nor bathrooms,  you do have your OWN area.  Some more private with buildings others are just with roofs – all are scattered around the park.  I’d personally love to return with say the football team families and rent a bigger one or with our extended family and a smaller one. Of course, do a big pot luck meal over a few BBQs. You can reserve and book online one of the 76 villas based on the number in your party (some hold up to 200 people) and you can pick based on where you want to be in the park.  For us near the water was perfect, for others, perhaps near the giant slide would be cool – so many choices.

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Check out their website for a 3D tour – and if you are lucky, like us,  to live reasonably close by, go for the day and enjoy all it has to offer!  You won’t break the bank and your kids (under 12) will love it!   Over that they’ll probably only like the giant slides, water rafts and the go-karts but you never know – being the first time there, they might enjoy other parts too.

Irrland is somewhere I would definitely recommend visiting if you have kids under 12. Due to some troubles with groups of kids in the past, if you have kids with you over 13, be sure you bring IDs for them… and see the important info on their site under IMPORTANT NOTES.

While it was only a bit over an hour to drive home, we decided to stay overnight at nearby Schloss Wissen to make a weekend away out of it, which I’ll post about our time in the town on Kevelaer and our stay at Schloss Wissen in my next post.

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A Day Trip to the Oldest City in the Netherlands: Nijmegen

A Day Trip to the Oldest City in the Netherlands: Nijmegen

When you think about cities to visit in the Netherlands you probably think of the big tourist ones like Amsterdam, Rotterdam, perhaps Delft or even Leiden.  As we live towards the middle of the country, and wanted to explore someplace new, we headed over to Nijmegen – the oldest city in the Netherlands. It has been around since the Roman times which is over 2000 years!

The drive wasn’t so long and we parked in the lot under the Holland Casino – so it was a great location to explore the city.  We first walked through the gates and down along the River Waal watching the cargo ships pass and then up the hill to the shopping streets.

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Before we did though there was a mini festival going on – about plastics and no longer using plastics – especial single-use plastic – something we can all get behind as much as possible.

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Either visit the VVV or download the city guide here for more information on the city including a map, etc.

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The city is also home to the first Catholic university in the Netherlands, the Radboud University Nijmegen, which was inaugurated in 1923 as the Catholic University of Nijmegen. The university hosts some 19.000 students across seven faculties, all located on an attractive, green campus on the former Heyendael estate.  With so many students, the nightlife in Nijmegen is pretty good!

The city of Nijmegen hosts several museums, the most famous of which is the Valkhof Museum. Situated on the site of an old Roman encampment and, many centuries later, the residence of Charlemagne, the museum houses a major collection of Roman antiquities, old masters, and modern art.  Unfortunately, we didn’t go in this time, but on a future trip we certainly will visit! 

In the summer there is a beach down by the river where you can go to escape the heat as this part of the country is one of the warmest!

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Nijmegen is also famed for it’s annual Four Day Marches, the largest marching event in the world. Thousands of people flock to the city and the surrounding area to take part in walks of 30, 40 and 50 kilometres over a four day period. The accompanying festivities, know as the Four Days parties, draw some one million visitors each year.

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We had a little walk around, through some of the streets, by the beautiful Stevenkerk,

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We, along with the entire city, stopped at the beautiful Grote Markt area for a beer in the sunshine before heading home.

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It’s definitely a nice city and we’ll surely be back to visit some of the museums and other interesting things in the city, and maybe do a little shopping (M saw Primark – cheapest shop ever!) and perhaps a walking tour with our smartphone – only available in Dutch!

Also something historically important is that it was bombed by the Americans by mistake! You can learn more about it by clicking the link from the Liberation Route site.

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Oorlogsmuseum in Overloon, Netherlands

Oorlogsmuseum in Overloon, Netherlands

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Last Sunday, we visited the Oorlogsmuseum in Overloon.  In English – War Museum in Overloon.

The museum was opened on May 25th 1946, making it one of the oldest museums in Europe dedicated to World War II.  Located just miles from the German border, the Overloon Oorlogsmuseum is the largest war museum in The Netherlands. The museum is located where a World War II tank and infantry battle between Allied and German forces that occurred in September and October 1944, in the aftermath of Operation Market Garden.   More info on the liberation route can be found here too. The complex includes the National War and Resistance Museum as well as the Marshall Museum with its vast collection of more than 200 historic military vehicles.

In fact, many of the exhibited vehicles took part in the Battle of Overloon. In 2006 the collection was expanded with a large number of vehicles from a private collection.

The museum is set in 14 hectares of woodland.  It was the day of the MAJOR windstorm so we didn’t spend any time outdoors amongst the trees – so no idea what it was like beyond the pathway to the front door which did display some sculptures.   There was a climb structure above – not sure if that is something you can do alone or part of the museum, but as cars were blowing back and forth on the highway and later we saw trees were being uprooted, I’m glad we didn’t stick around to find out.

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A feature of the museum is the large number of military vehicles and equipment on display, both German and Allied forces. Apparently for many years they were kept in the open air, but have recently been moved indoors in order to help preserve them.  Never seen it before, I think it’s great as it is and couldn’t imagine visiting them outside.

The war museum building itself can be divided into two main areas:

Nationaal Oorlogs – A National War and Resistance Museum which is a traditional, multi-media museum covering various aspects related to the Second World War.

I found this part informational and sad at the same time – touching upon experiences of real people and families.  Almost all signs and descriptions are in Dutch, English and German.

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The section explains the run up to the Second World War from 1918 onwards – The Netherlands remained neutral during the First World War and was hoping for the same second time round. The Netherlands was overrun by the German army within days in May 1940 thus much coverage is given to the following occupation.   You can get more of this if you visit the Verzetsmuseum (Resistance Museum) in Amsterdam.

Displays show how pro-Nazi groups within the Netherlands were formed – terrible really!  And of course, more pan-European themes including the influence of propaganda,  the Holocaust, etc.

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Marshall Museum – a extra large indoor hall with around 200 military vehicles and other war equipment including tanks, shells, planes, etc.

Here so many military vehicles of all kinds are on display here with hardware from all nations. The majority of the vehicles, planes and boats are from the Second World War but a few items are older such as the Cold War period.

Some of the material is set up as if in a battlefield but generally the vehicles are packed in.   Special dioramas include the D-Day invasion of Normandy (this is what Bernie would LOVE) the battles of Arnhem and the Ardennes, and the Cold War era equipment used by the Warsaw Pact countries.  I personally found it nice, the kids found some things cool too  like the duck boats!

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As we left, we visited a film area called the Block Buster, where visitors experience an air raid.  We first spent a few minutes inside a plane dropping bombs over a city and taking fire, then we hear the noise and see the flashes from inside a town center, and finally spent a few minutes in an air raid shelter during the bombardment.  This is recommended towards kids 10+ as there were photos of dead bodies on the screen but we found it suitable for our nearly 9 year old. 

Overall it was interesting.  Personally,  I know my dad and my friend’s dad, Bernie, would LOVE to visit such a museum.   I think if either ever make a visit from Boston to the Netherlands, this place would be a place we’d recommend they visit.

Admission is €16.00 per adult and €11 per child but with our Museumkaarts – it is FREE!  I know I’ve mentioned before how much I love our Museumkaarts!

While there was a restaurant on site which looked good, but as they closed at 5 pm, we chose to visit a local place called Museumzicht Eetcafe & Pannekoekenjuis for a quick meal before heading back.  With the kids so hungry, the thought of having to prepare dinner after driving home, was not appealing.  When I was in the bathroom I saw that this place offers a dinner/museum entry combo which I thought was a nice thing.  Their guests were mainly older couples 65+ so perhaps they were there for an early bird special.  They have an outdoor terrace, nice wit beer on tap and an area for kids to play outside but as I mentioned above, it was dangerously windy so we were not going outside today!

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Plan your visit:

OVERLOON WAR MUSEUM
MUSEUMPARK 1
5825 AM OVERLOON

https://www.oorlogsmuseum.nl/en/home/