Day 1 – Beuningen, Druten, West Maas en Waal, Wijchen, Heumen, Groesbeek

Beuningen

I live in a small village called Weurt, in the municipality Beuningen. Weurt has always been a small village. References to name of the village have been found in letters from 815 CE! The village was originally populated by some farmers, but during the 19th century the population increased rapidly due to new job opportunities at the brickyards on the riverside. And in 1818 Weurt joined the municipality of Beuningen.

This first town hall was nothing new for me, as I have been here before to pick up my driver’s license and passports. But it was nice to take the picture and finally get this party started.

Municipality: Beuningen
Location of town hall: Beuningen (51.863262,5.780643)

Druten

I always thought that Druten had a out-of-proportionally big town hall. Now I know that compared to other town halls this one appears very humble. The style is not really my thing, but because I used to pedalbike past this building a lot during high school, it still holds some sentimental value.

Municipality: Druten
Location of town hall: Druten (51.890202,5.606648)

West Maas en Waal

No time to dwell over almost forgotten sentiment, because the town hall of West Maas en Waal was going to be the first in the series of town halls I have not seen yet.

Municipality: West Maas en Waal
Location of town hall: Beneden-Leeuwen (51.883614,5.517679)

Wijchen

On the way to Wijchen I passed the most amazing scenery. With the sun in my back, and hardly any wind, the ditches alongside the road had a very deep shade of blue. Combined with the vast green pastures and all sorts of livestock, this made me realise that you don’t have to travel very far for nice views. Unfortunately I did not take any pictures, but I am certainly going back there to make up for this!

Entering Wijchen was entering known territory again. The town hall itself is not really appealing, but the castle on the other side of the road is well worth a visit.

Municipality: Wijchen
Location of town hall: Wijchen (51.807175,5.728619)

Heumen

Heumen’s town hall is very recent. They moved just 200 meters down the same road, but to a building with very little character. We used to drive past the old town hall whenever we would visit our granny. One day we realised it was occupied by a day care organisation. It took a while to figure out where the new town hall was located, but it turned out to be very nearby.

Municipality: Heumen
Location of town hall: Malden (51.781086,5.851969)

Groesbeek

The last town hall for today was going to be Groesbeek. The surroundings are very famous for tourists, especially the Zevenheuvelenweg (“seven hills road”). Although there are only 4 hills in reality, and the road is not very long, it is a nice drive. It is home of one of the largest road running races held in the Netherlands (15k).

But that is not why I like visiting Groesbeek. Just around the corner there is an ice cream shop with Redbull flavoured ice cream. If you are in the neighbourhood anyway, it is well worth the visit.

Municipality: Groesbeek
Location of town hall: Groesbeek (51.777611,5.932317)


Finally I kicked off this project. It is fun to see that you can live in the same area for over 20 years, and still get to see new things.

km: 85
km total: 85
done: 6
to go: 409

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Beuningen: 51.863262, 5.780643
Druten: 51.890202, 5.606648
West Maas en Waal: 51.883614, 5.517679
Wijchen: 51.807175, 5.728619
Heumen: 51.781086, 5.851969
Groesbeek: 51.777611, 5.932317
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