City breaks in the oldest cities of Europe ... Veere. Netherlands. Historical market.
City breaks in the oldest cities of Europe ... Veere. Netherlands. Historical market.
The traditional craft in Historical Market Veere.
The town Veere is located in the extreme south-west of the Netherlands, in the province Zeeland. The main source of income of the town is a tourist service, so historical market, is one way to attract them here. Historical market is a festival of traditional Dutch crafts and it is held on a weekly basis (on Tuesdays) during the summer holidays, from early July to early September.
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Sittard | Zitterd | Our hometown
This video is about our hometown in The Netherlands called Sittard. The city is located at 45 m above sea level and has some 38000 inhabitants.
Sittard has an impressive central market square with several bars and restaurants like Ich & Dich and Ernesto's. The same market square where i asked my wife to marry me. And at that same market square we started to dream about a trip around the world. Now, 10 years later we are living that dream! So we had to leave our beloved hometown Sittard.
Recorded at 4K/2160P with a GoPro Hero 6, Sony RX10 IV and a DJI Mavic pro drone.
Life in the Netherlands
I found this peaceful video of kids cycling to school in the Netherlands
Nederland The Hague
The Hague officially is the third largest city in the Netherlands, after Amsterdam and Rotterdam, with a population of 485,818 (as of May 31, 2009) and an area of approximately 100 km². It is located in the west of the Netherlands, in the province of South Holland, of which it is also the provincial capital. The Hague is the centre of a conurbation called Haaglanden (population 1,011,459) and lies at the southwest corner of a larger conurbation called the Randstad.
The Hague is the seat of the Dutch parliament, government and Royal Court (but the city is not the capital of the Netherlands which is a role set aside in the Dutch constitution for Amsterdam). Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands lives and works in The Hague. All foreign embassies and government ministries are located in the city, as well as the Hoge Raad der Nederlanden (Supreme Court), the Raad van State (Council of State) and many lobbying organisations.
The Hague is also the seat of over 150 international organisations, including the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. It is one of the major cities of the UN, along with New York and Geneva .
The Hague originated around 1230, when Floris IV, Count of Holland purchased land alongside a pond (now the Hofvijver) in order to build a hunting residence. In 1248 William II, Count of Holland and Rex Romanorum, decided to extend the residence to a palace. He died in 1256 before this palace was completed, but parts of it were finished by his son Floris V, of which the Ridderzaal (Knights' Hall), still extant, is the most prominent. It is still used for political events, such as the annual speech from the throne by the monarch.
Later, the counts of Holland used The Hague as their administrative centre and residence when in Holland. 'Des Graven Hage' literally means the count's wood, with connotations like the count's hedge or private enclosure.
When the Dukes of Burgundy gained control over the counties of Holland and Zeeland at the beginning of the 15th century, they appointed a stadtholder to rule in their stead with the States of Holland as an advisory council. Their seat was located in The Hague. At the beginning of the Eighty Years' War, the absence of city walls proved disastrous, as it allowed Spanish troops easily to occupy the town. In 1575 the States of Holland even considered demolishing the city, but this proposal was abandoned, after mediation by William of Orange. From 1588 The Hague also became the location of the government of the Dutch Republic. In order for the administration to maintain control over city matters, The Hague never received official city status (although it did have many privileges, normally only attributed to cities). However, since the days of King Louis Napoleon (1806) The Hague has been allowed to call itself a city.
After the Napoleonic Wars, modern-day Belgium and the Netherlands were combined in the United Kingdom of the Netherlands to form a buffer against France. As a compromise, Brussels and The Hague alternated as capital every two years, with the government remaining in The Hague. After the separation of Belgium in 1830, Amsterdam remained the capital of the Netherlands, while the government was situated in The Hague.
Since early times, probably dating as far back as the 15th century, the stork has been the symbol of The Hague.
Netherlands: Thorn - The White Village / Het Witte Stadje
Thorn is a small town in the municipality of Maasgouw, in the Dutch province of Limburg. It lies on the rivers Meuse and Witbeek. It's known as 'the white village' for its white-washed brick houses in the centre of town.
First, the region of Thorn was a swamp nearby the Roman road between Maastricht and Nijmegen. But the region had been drained and about 975, Bishop Ansfried of Utrecht founded a Benedictine nunnery. This monastery developed since the 12th century into a secular stift or convent. The principal of the stift was the abbess. She was assisted by a chapter of at most twenty ladies of the highest nobility.
Previously the abbess and the chapter were endowed with religious tasks but, since the 12th century, they served secular matters and formed the government of a truly sovereign miniature principality, the smallest independent state in the German Holy Roman Empire. Besides Thorn, Ittervoort, Grathem, Baexem, Stramproy, Ell, Haler and Molenbeersel belonged to this principality.
After the French invasion in the winter of 1794--95 and the formal abolition in 1797 made an end to the existence of the abbey and the principality of Thorn, Thorn was first part of the department of Meuse-Inférieure, and after theCongress of Vienna it became a municipality of the Kingdom of the United Netherlands.
Thorn is het eerste Nederlandse dorp op de westelijke Maasoever vanaf Maastricht. Het ligt bij het Belgische Kessenich. Ook heeft het als buurdorpen: Ittervoort, Panheel en Wessem. Voordat Thorn op 1 januari 2007 werd samengevoegd met de andere gemeenten Maasbracht en Heel tot de nieuwe gemeente Maasgouw was Thorn zelf een gemeente. Het staat bekend als het Witte Stadje vanwege haar witte huisjes in het centrum.
Eerst was de streek van Thorn heel moerassig. Dat veranderde pas na ontginning voor de 10e eeuw. Aan de rand van dit moeras liep de Romeinse heirbaan van Maastricht naar Nijmegen. Omstreeks 990 werd op een hoogte, dichtbij de Maas, door graaf Ansfried, die getrouwd was met Hereswint (Hildewaris), een stift, klooster voor benedictaressen gesticht, de Abdij van Thorn. Dat klooster groeide uit tot een wereldlijk stift (een klooster voor adellijke dames) en een vorstendom, het Abdijvorstendom Thorn.
Tot het Land van Thorn behoorden Thorn, Ittervoort, Haler, Grathem, Stramproy, Baexem en Ell. Veel woningen van deze Stiftdames zijn bewaard gebleven, zoals het uit 1648 afkomstige Huis met de drie kogels.
Volgens de legende lag er ooit tussen Thorn en Kessenich een legendarisch verdwenen stad met de naam Vijvere. Dat zou verzonken zijn als straf van God. Daar ligt nu het moeras het Vijverbroek.
Onder de Fransen kreeg Thorn zwaar te lijden. Toen kreeg Thorn ook zijn kenmerkende witte kleur. Nadat de adellijke dames gevlucht waren, voerden de Fransen een belasting in op basis van de omvang van de ramen. De arme bevolking, vaak wonend in grote panden, die voorheen hadden toebehoord aan rijke lieden, kon deze niet opbrengen. Om de hoogte van de belastingaanslag te beperken, metselde men de ramen dicht. Met het doel deze bouwsporen (littekens van de armoede) te verbergen, werden de huizen wit gekalkt. Door die witte huisjes en de rust van het dorpje werd Thorn al gauw geliefd bij kunstenaars en toeristen. In 1973 kreeg de oude kern van Thorn nationale erkenning en werd het aangewezen tot beschermd stadsgezicht.
Valkenburg Castle ruins, Limburg, Netherlands
Spring military history tour of the medieval Kasteelruïne Valkenburg -- Valkenburg Castle ruins -- in Limburg, the Netherlands. The thing I like about the castle is they let you go where you want, so you get a better chance to explore. Lots of good info signs. Kind of surprised they built it out of sandstone, though. (Mainly for resistance to assault, but also graffiti, of which the town has a lot as most of the old buildings are also sandstone.) They have a great Christmas market in the castle dungeon, but being May it was not open. ;-)
Anthropology of the Dutch: Moluccan people in the Netherlands
The Dutch Moluccans, proud warriors in exile, form a close community. The homesickness of their country of origin binds them together, along with the rage about what has been taken away from them and the strength they draw out of their own feelings. On their motorcycles, they feel like the brave warriors of ago, and enforce respect through their appearance. Michael Schaap accompanies them, researching the essence of the rage driving them.
Original Title: De Hokjesman - De Molukkers
Fascinated by the prevailing pigeonhole spirit, the pigeonhole man goes on field research into the world of appealing Dutch subcultures. With a wink to the classical ethnologist, dressed in a three-piece suit with a bow tie, he analyzes the man as one of the animal groups.
Directed by: Michael Schaap and Jurjen Blick
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A2 Kerensheide - Het Vonderen, NL
The A2 motorway in the Netherlands, from the Kerensheide interchange at Geleen to the Het Vonderen interchange near Echt.
Filmed June 1, 2013
N348 tunnel Dieren, NL
Provincial road N348 in the Netherlands, the new tunnel in the town of Dieren.
HUSS RANGER -Zinnecker- offride
Brokser Heiratsmarkt 2009