Around Langbroek

I have lived in one of the most beautiful parts of the Netherlands for almost my whole life. It is an area between two completely different landscapes. Hills and woods on one side, and a river on the other. In between is a drained swamp (yes, here in the Netherlands we have a rich history of draining swamps, not replacing them with family members), which is used for agriculture. All within a distance of less than ten kilometers.

When the weather is good, it is a paradise for hikers and cyclists. Last week we had the first comfortably warm days of the year. So I took the opportunity to make some pictures along the way…

These pictures were taken while travelling from Doorn to Wijk bij Duurstede. The small channel you see in some of them is the “Langbroeker Wetering, dug in 1122 to get rid of excess water and make the land fit for farming. It is always told that this channel was dug by the local bishop. Well, the man must have been dead-tired after the job was finished…

The farmlands were lend out to nobleman, who built their castles on them. Along the Wetering we find about 15 of them, the highest concentration of castles anywhere in the low countries. This is why it is sometimes called “The Loire of the North”.

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