Image by toerisme-ubbergen.nl.
The village Beek (“brook”, or “stream”) was named after the many sources that begin in the ridges. The water flows down in brooks, and in early days this gave rise to a flourishing laundry industry. Around 1900 there were over 80 laundries in Beek. Unfortunately, the only things that reminds of this thriving industry are the stately mansions.
As you can see my old man is accompanying me. He has like a navigational device in his head or something; an impressive wealth of information about places and roads. Especially since my Garmin Zumo is still at the repair centre, he is very valuable to have around 😉
Millingen aan de Rijn
To get to Millingen aan de Rijn we had to take a large detour. Although I knew that they were working on the road that leads to Millingen aan de Rijn, I would not have thought that it would take that long.
The name Millingen aan de Rijn is in fact not correct, as Millingen does not border the Rhine but lies at the Bijland Canal.
The major of Millingen aan de Rijn wants to dissolve the municipality and merge with other municipalities such as Ubbergen and Groesbeek (see Day 1). However, they refuse to merge since the financial situation of Millingen is very abject.
The region is known for it iron history. In the area around the river the Oude IJssel they mined and processed iron ore. The first blast furnace was built in 1689. Funny to know is that your kitchen equipment is very likely to be built by factories that originated here because of the iron industry.
The ride from Millingen to Gendringen (respectively 1 and 2 kilometres of the German border) takes you through a rural part of Germany. We crossed the Rhine at Emmerich am Rhein. Interesting to note is that this place belonged to the former country and later duchy Gelre, of which our province Gelderland originates.
I got some comments on that I should be on the photos as well. So now you know what I look like, we can move on to Aalten.
Also close to the German border is the municipality Aalten. On 1 january 2005 the municipalities of Dinxperlo and Aalten were dissolved, and merged to a new municipality with the temporary name Aalten. However, in 2008 there was a heated discussion about the name of the amalgamated municipality. The executive board wanted to set down the name definitively, whereas council members from the towns as Dinxperlo and Bredevoort wanted to have their name involved as well. A referendum showed that the majority chose for the name Aalten. Needless to say that some people are still upset about this choice.
The town hall has a lovely inner court, but for some reason I ruined this photo with a stupid pose. If you ever want to visit this town hall yourself: do not follow the signs, as they will lead you around in circles. It took us almost twenty minutes to find the town hall, even though we asked several inhabitants for directions.
Winterswijk is the most eastern municipality of Gelderland.
Wheras Aalten’s town hall has a nice inner court, Winterswijk has an ugly and closed (at least on sundays) inner court. The whole building feels very distant.
Weirdly enough, Google presents a different town hall at the same location. As often, this new town hall cannot even touch upon the beauty of what I suspect, is the former town hall.
Location of town hall: Winterswijk (51.968979,6.714792)
Closer to Aalten than to Winterswijk we find the municipality of Oost Gelre. On 1 january 2005 the municipalities Groenlo and Lichtenvoorde were merged into Oost Gelre. Originally the official name was Groenlo, but in practice the name Groenlo-Lichtenvoorde was used. A year later they opted to use Oost Gelre as name. If you haven’t figured it out yet, Gelre refers to the former county and duchy and thus indirectly to the province Gelderland, and Oost means as much as east.
As you can see the entrance would be more suited for a hospital.
Luckily, they did not tear down the old building. Although they did put an ugly streetlamp in the way 😉
Also, this town hall is located on the Varsseveldseweg. Mind you that there are two streets with the same name in Lichtenvoorde. And of course we thoroughly searched for a town hall in the wrong street first. The town hall is in the centre of the town.
The last town hall for today is Doetinchem. Although its history dates back to 800 CE, most buildings are fairly recent, as the allies bombed the hell out of this place in WW2.
I wonder what the dome is on top of the town hall, maybe it’s the major’s room?
km total: 308
done: 7 (13)
to go: 402