Day 11 – Wageningen, Rhenen, Veenendaal, Renswoude, Woudenberg

First some apologies for skipping day 10. I will post it in the coming days. Today five municipalities, the first in Gelderland, the four others in Utrecht.

Wageningen

The first municipality of today is Wageningen. Both famous for having a university with many international students, being placed on the world rank list with 152 different nationalities inhabiting the municipality,  and playing an important role in the surrender of Germany, as this was the place where the surrender documents were signed. But this is all nothing compared to the interesting fact that there are remarkable few basements in the historical altstadt 😉WageningenThis picture was hard to take, since it was market day, and the square was literally stuffed. Had to make my way through the crowd with my bike. But it’s a quest, it’s supposed to take a little effort :)

Rhenen

For me this town is also known as the hilly town, as it lies on the Utrecht Hill Ridge, in the province Utrecht, as are the other municipalities for today.

Rhenen

I like the art work in front of the town hall, so if anyone knows who made it, let me know. I would like to know what it is about.

And the obligatory self-shot:

Rhenen

Veenendaal

Veenendaal

I like this town hall’s architecture, although it is quite recent and modern.

Renswoude

Earlier I was in Rhenen; it turned out that Renswoude is related in name. The name comes from “Rhenen-s woude”, which can be translated as Rhenen’s forest. Around 800 it was also named this way, but in Latin: “silva Hrenhem“.

With around 5000 inhabitants it is the smallest municipality in Utrecht, and one of the smallest in the Netherlands. Even though we have had a lot of municipalities fusions, Renswoude escaped unscathed every time. This is especially interesting since the municipality only contains one town. In the last referendum in 2007 98.4% was against fusing with neighbour municipalities Scherpenzeel and Woudenberg. With an attendence of 83.7% this is a clear sign from the inhabitants.

2013-02-09 15.24.53This town was actually quite freaky. From the pictures it is not clear, but behind the window on the right on the first floor you can see some faces. At first I thought someone was just sitting there in folk costumes. Turns out there are two human-size dolls. They had me there for a bit.

Woudenberg

Woudenberg is also a small municipality with only one town. Apparently there is a large pyramid in Woudenberg, built by napeleonetic soldiers around 1800:

Courtesy by Kattjosh (click on image for the source and author info).

Although I have not seen it, it looks like something I would like to visit in the future. Especially the obelisk looks nice.

Woudenberg

As you can see, it started snowing. It was the first time I had to drive through the snow, and it was amazing and fun. Fortunately, the snow was fresh, and the roads were still clear of packed snow and ice. Just using my heated handgrips was enough to prevent me from cooling of too much.

In a car you don’t realise how much snow is getting on your windshield if you have wipers. On the motor this is a totally new experience, where you have to wipe it off yourself. With rain this is not necessary, as the wind will dryblow you. With snow, this is not going to work, I can tell from experience 😉


km: 142
km total: 2149
done: 5 (55)
to to: 360

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Day 11

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Renswoude
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Woudenberg
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