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History & stately city gates in Hanseatic cities | Discover the Netherlands

You do not have to cross the border to feel like a traveler. NU.nl tours past local attractions with travel guide Lonely Planet in hand. What, according to this famous travel Bible, should you have really seen and done in the Netherlands? Episode 7: the Hanseatic cities.

They are all characterized by stately city gates and a history you say to you. But also by exciting folktales about Blauwvingers, Kamper onions and ghost dog Kladdegat. They serve their own cake, candy or mustard and you can endlessly walk through streets with illustrious names such as Short Breathing alley or Hondegatstraat.

Immerse yourself in one of the most famous chapters of national history: the Hanseatic period. Because there is plenty to do in the monumental Hanseatic cities along the water.

Hanseatic towns, what are they?

But first a short explanation about those cities on the water. Most of these places lie along the river IJssel, such as Deventer, Zwolle and Hattem. But Harderwijk and Elburg on the former Zuiderzee also bear the name.

All these cities joined the Hanseatic League in the Middle Ages, an international alliance with which the participating cities wanted to acquire a stronger trade position.

This cooperation not only made trade more efficient, but also safer; the ships could travel together and protect each other from piracy. This lasted until around the end of the sixteenth century, after which the Hanseatic League collapsed due to economic and political circumstances.

23 cities with ‘monumental character’

“In the Netherlands, a total of 23 cities were members of the Hanseatic League”, says Elisabeth Stoit of Hanzesteden Marketing. “The historic character is still very visible in Hasselt, Kampen, Zwolle, Hattem, Deventer, Zutphen, Doesburg, Elburg and Harderwijk.These cities share their common vision – centuries-old trading cities connected by water – and now work together actively. But then to maintain the monumental character for visitors. ”

In all Hanseatic cities you can fully find history in buildings, food and museums. What can you do there?

Climb the Sassenpoort in Zwolle

The rich cities were protected by a solid wall, with lookout towers and gates at various locations. Not everyone was just admitted to the city. Around the year 1400 Zwolle got the stately Sassenpoort, which later also served as a prison. On Wednesdays and Saturdays you can climb the gate and you will find an exhibition about Hanseatic city Zwolle.

Where: Sassenstraat 53, Zwolle
Price: 2.50 euros (only on Wednesdays and Saturdays)

Walk the old town of Harderwijk

The compact old town of Harderwijk lends itself well to a city walk. Tip: download the Hanseatic route, which takes you in an hour and a half through the old streets and along the Smeepoortenbrink and the Vischpoort.

Start: Markt 5, Harderwijk
Price: free

Trial Deventer Cake

Deventer is known as the Koekstad and in the time of the Hanze this local delicacy was already heavily traded. Baking cake was a serious matter; the cake was baked according to strict guidelines and the city had its own guild of cake bakers. The famous Deventer cake from Jb. You can buy Bussink in the authentic Deventerkoekwinkel.

Where: Brink 84, Deventer
Open on Monday afternoon, Tuesday – Saturday from 9.00

Drink beer as a merchant in Doesburg

Merchants gathered in inns to weigh their wares and conclude contracts. A well-known meeting place was Stadsbierhuys De Waag in Doesburg. Beer has been served here since 1478 and De Waag is the oldest café in the Netherlands.

Where: Koepoortstraat 2-4, Doesburg
Open daily from 10.00

Visit the Koggewerf in Kampen

The Kamper Kogge is as authentic as possible of a trading ship from the fourteenth century. You can visit the Koggewerf seven days a week. On the Koggewerf you will find a carpentry workshop and a tavern next to the ship.

Where: Havenweg 7, Kampen
Daily free to visit

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The turbulent history of Fleetwood Mac

Long after the most popular years of Fleetwood Mac, history seems to repeat itself; guitarist Lindsey Buckingham has a fight with Stevie Nicks and therefore also with the other band members. The band has a turbulent history full of broken relationships and disagreements.

In April of this year it is known that guitarist Buckingham leaves the band. The reason for this is not disclosed. In October, the 69-year-old Buckingham talks about the issue in his music magazine Rolling Stone: his ex and lead singer Nicks would never want to stand on the stage with the guitarist again and he gives the band an ultimatum: “He looks like me or me.”

“What bothers me and breaks my heart is that for 43 years we have always found a way to rise above our personal differences and problems, to pursue a higher goal and to express it, that is our legacy. is what our songs are about, this is not the way you should shut down something like that “, says Buckingham in the fall of 2018 against Rolling Stone.

The creation of Fleetwood Mac

In 1975 the guitarist joins the band in California, which was founded in 1967 in London. Buckingham is then also the person who brings Nicks, his then girlfriend, to the band.

The band, which originally consisted of Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood, Jeremy Spencer and Bob Brunning, has already fallen apart several times and started with new members. The American period of the band is breaking, with Buckingham, Fleetwood, John McVie, Christine McVie and so Nicks. In 1977 this formation releases the most famous album, Rumors. That delivers worldwide hits such as Dreams, Go Your Own Way and Songbird. At the same time it was also a record that shows a lot of grief; it clearly shows the relational tensions between Buckingham and Nicks.

In 1987 Buckingham, who is now seen as the creative brain behind many of the hits, leaves Fleetwood Mac because of the unrest in the group and his broken relationship with Nicks. In the late nineties, however, he returns again.

At the beginning of 2014, Christine McVie also returned – separated from John McVie, but still bearing a name. This means that the band is back in the occupation of its most popular time.

Judge is involved in new quarrels

Again this formation does not appear to be a happy marriage and the history of tensions seems to repeat itself many years later; Buckingham has to leave again, this time at the request of Nicks. He does not let it sit, steps to court and demands compensation for the missed earnings from a planned tour this year. According to his lawyers, it would be an amount of up to $ 14 million (12 million euros).

This again meets with misunderstanding of the other band members. Fleetwood Mac claims not to have been informed of the Buckingham accusation at first. “Something that should actually be done first, instead of going to the media,” said a spokesperson.

Fleetwood Mac has now seen the complaint and issued a statement. “We reject all the accusations in the Buckingham accusation, and we are confident about the lawsuit,” reports the band, now consisting of Nicks, Christine McVie, John McVie and Fleetwood. It is not known when the lawsuit is due.

 

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Night of Utrecht history for the very first time in the city

Historic association Oud-Utrecht organizes on October 13 the first ever Night of Utrecht history. This is in honor of the 95th anniversary of the association, which is celebrated throughout the year.

The association makes it a recurring feast for the annually recurring Month of History. The Utrecht Archive is the main location for the festival.

In addition, the Domkerk and Domunder are open to the public all evening, with an adapted program. The Gilde Utrecht guides take visitors on tours of the city.

The theme is Revolt. The speakers include journalist Ad van Liempt, junior curator Annabel Dijkema and city conservator René de Kam. Furthermore there are snacks and drinks in a historical theme and a quiz.

The doors will open at 19:00, the program is between 20:00 & 01:00.

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Four miles, Freek de Jonge & Day of History

This weekend Groningen is all about the running event of the year: the 4 Mile. You can also take a dip in the Groninger History or blow in at Hella and Freek de Jonge, who temporarily moved into the Groninger Museum.

Day of the Groningen History

On Saturday the 32nd Day of the Groninger History is on the agenda again. This edition is dedicated to Revolt, the theme of the Month of History. The program includes city walks, depot tours in the Groninger Archives and Hans Goedkoop (presenter of Andere Tijden) is a storyteller in the musical performance Vive le Geus.

When: Saturday
Where: various locations in the city
Price: free

4 Miles from Groningen

With more than 23,000 participants, the 4 Mile is the largest running event in the Northern Netherlands. The runners run from Haren to the Vismarkt in Groningen: 4 miles. The participants are traditionally encouraged by about 90,000 spectators along the way.

When: Sunday
Where: from Haren to Groningen
Price: 22 euros

4Mile4You

The participants of the 4Mile4You will follow exactly the same route as the runners of the 4 Mile, but alternatively. On skates, with a pram, as a Nordic walker, in a wheelchair: the organization is all allowed.

When: Saturday evening
Where: From Haren to Groningen
Price: 14 euros

Ode to Bach

Bach specialist Pieter Jan Leusink and his baroque company bring an Ode to Bach. With the collaboration of top soloists, a program will be presented with the most beautiful works from Bach’s enormous oeuvre. Vocal highlights from the Hohe Messe, the Johannes Passion, the intense alt solo Cantate BWV 170 ‘Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust’ and the famous soprano Cantate BWV 82a ‘Ich habe genug’.

When: Friday
Where: Martinikerk
Price: 72.50 euros

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