Next to the municipality of Oost- Gelre you will find the municipality Berkelland. This municipality lies in the catchment area of the river The Berkel. Beltrum is one of the villages, first mentioned around the year 1236. During the storm disaster in 1927 (also known as the cyclone of Neede) the small village was damaged heavily. About 20 farms were in the middle of the hurricane. Two years before there was another big storm disaster not far from Beltrum (the cyclone of Borculo).
Beltrum is well known for The Survivalrun which is organised every year in january. The first edition was in 1989, the amount of participants is growing ever since. For those who like to hike, Beltrum has two great events every year. The Farmland Walking Tourt in August and the Estate Walking Tour in March. Both of them have special routes over private properties, which normaly can’t be followed. www.survivalbeltrum.nl
Beltrum has also a Flowerparade. About ten decorated carriages ride through the streets of Beltrum. Flowerart on wheels! It is organized in the first weekend of september, the week after there is the bigger flowerparade in Lichtenvoorde. Great to visit them both! On the official website you can see some photographs. www.festunique.nl/festunique/bloemencorso
Beltrum has two great Bed & breakfasts, one website even in English! That makes me very happy of corse. www.debultenaar.juradmeerman.nl/en
In Beltrum you can have beautiful hikes on the so called ‘Church Path Trail‘ (like the ones in Zieuwent). There is also a big country estate with an old rebuild farm now functioning as a visitors centre and exposition space. They offer a lot of arrangements for all kinds of groups, the number of activities is great! On the estate they build a special cellar for bats. In the outside wall are holes for the Sand Martin (birds). www.noasman.nl
Borculo is a city in the municipality Berkelland. Through the centre of Borculo runs the Berkel river. Long ago there was a castle, belonging to the Noblemen of Borculo. It is not quite clear if the city thanks his name to this Noblemen, or the other way around. In the year 1777 the Great Manor of Borculo was bought by Prince Willem V of Orange- Nassau. That’s why the Dutch King, Willem- Alexander, still owns the nobiliary name ‘Nobleman of Borculo’!
On the 10th of august 1925 Borculo was struck by a hurricane. It was a huge disaster that devastated almost the entire city. This incident is known as the ‘Cyclone of Borculo’. In the city you will find a monument made by Maïté Duval and a museum about the Cyclone. The museum is located inside The Fire Department Museum. www.brandweermuseumborculo.nl
Another great museum in the city of Borculo is The Crystal Museum. It’s located in the former city-hall, a beautiful building. The museum owns a big collection of crystals, minerals, gemstones and fossils. There is also a shop where you can buy beautiful souvenirs. www.kristalmuseum.nl
Just outside the city you can visit a farm museum, called The ‘Lebbenbrugge’. Inside the authentic farm house (and former tollhouse) you can see the style of building and an exposition. On several days during the summer months they are demonstrating old handicrafts. www.lebbenbrugge.nl
From April, until October, you can sail in the river Berkel in an open boat and explore Borculo from the water. A lot of arrangements are possible. www.stichtingberkelzomp.nl
Eibergen is a village in the municipality of Berkelland. The village is located at the shore of the Berkel river, which also runs through Borculo. The shipping industry here was very important for the area. If you go to Eibergen, you must not forget to visit the watermill called the ‘Mallumse Mill’. Mallum is the name of the neighbourhood unit. The mill is used as a corn-mill and a peel-mill (mechanical huller). On Saturday afternoons there are frequently demonstrations inside the mill.
The Mallumse Mill was first mentioned in the year 1424. It was part of the court of Mallum, owned by the lord of Borculo. Farmers in the area were obliged to mill their grain in this mill only. This ensured the Lord of income. Mills like that are therefor called compulsory mills. Next to the mill is the ‘Mulders House’. This small farm was the inhabitat of the miller, build in 1753. Today it is a restaurant. Next to the mill and restaurant there is a fantastic herb garden. www.eibergsemolens.nl
In the centre of Eibergen you will find Historical Museum ‘The Scheper’. The collection will tell you more about the geology and archeology of the area and the farm-, and daily life of the locals. It is possible to book a tour through the museum or the village. www.museumdescheper.nl
Gelselaar is a church village, belonging to the municipality Berkelland. Gelselaar is located on the edge of The Achterhoek and also the province of Gelderland. The landscape is very interesting because of the cultural historical value. It is a pattern of blocks, situated up-high open fields. The rustic site of Gelselaar is protected. It was first mentioned in the year 1399.
The swampy muddy fields around the village were perfect for goose to graze on. The down was used to fill bedding. Therefor the village is still known as the ‘goose-village’. Every year (first Sunday in july) they organize the goose market with, especially for children, the election for the best goose herder. The children are dressed in traditional clothing and wooden shoes and herd the goose through the village streets. Just outside the village you can find the life-size traditional Dutch board game ‘Game of the Goose’! The panels are big enough to step on.
This Game of the Goose is situated next to the former Estate Bevervoorde. Nowadays there are still some ruins left. Besides the ruins and the life-size board game you can see the authentic goose meadow. The area is perfect for hiking, there is a so called ‘wooden shoes trail’ to explore.
The perfect pancake can be eaten in a five centuries old Saxon farm. At Erve Brooks is a lot to do besides having lunch or dinner. The offer a lot of activities and arrangements, there is a huge outside playground, a museum and a shop. www.erve-brooks.nl
Neede is a village in the municipality Berkelland. It is situated on the old trade route between Deventer in Holland and Vreden in Germany. In 1927 on the 1st of june Neede was struck by a hurricane, also known as the ‘Cyclone of Neede’. This was only two years after the hurricane in Borculo, this time even worse and more destructive.
Neede had a lot of stone factory’s and was very important for the textile industry. In 1903 the village opened a marmalade factory. Until the Great Depression in Europe (1929-1939) a lot of people from The Achterhoek worked in this international prominent factory. There worked about 80 people all year round, in the fruit-season almost 200! Most of the marmalade was exported. In 1939 the factory was demolished, nevertheless Neede is still famous for the National Marmalade Market (about 130 booths) every year in august. They will choose a ‘Marmalade Queen’ and organize the competition for the best marmalade producer in the Netherlands. www.jammarkt.nl
In Neede you will also find The Dutch Mill, a corn-mill. It is located on a 34,6m high hill which is called the Needse mountain. This hill is a push-moraine, formed in the glacial periode. During excavations they found a jaw of a forest elephant! This type of elephant could reach a height of 4,5m and was therefore even bigger than a mammoth. The fossils can be seen in Museum the Scheper in Eibergen. www.museumdescheper.nl
Close to Borculo you will find the village Ruurlo, part of the municipality Berkelland. This village is located at the railroad track between the city Zutphen en Winterswijk. Ruurlo has it’s own train station. Around the village are six beautiful estates, perfect for hiking. This area of The Achterhoek is a so called ‘Coulisse landscape’. This means the landscape is half open and the way of plantation and buildings give you the idea of the scenery in a theatre. On one of the estates you can find a very special library! The books are stored in the trunk of a 400 years old chestnut-tree.
The Castle of Ruurlo was first mentioned in the year 1326. Since the 15th century the castle is the property of the aristocratic family ‘Van Heeckeren’. In the ‘80’s the castle was the location for the television series ‘De Zevensprong’ (the seven crossroads). This seven crossroads are in the forest, the original road sign still there! In 2012 the castle was sold to entrepreneur Hans Melgers. In 2017 he opened the second branch of his ‘Museum More’ there, with for example the collection of Carel Willink. The website is partly English. www.museummore-kasteelruurlo.nl/en
The largest labyrinth of the Netherlands is located in the Achterhoek, in Ruurlo. The Labyrinth is built in the year 1891, out of hedges (hornbeam). It is designed by the Frenchman Daniel Marot. The paths have a total length of 1188 meters. They are unique because the width is about 5 meters. The total surface is 8740 m². www.doolhofruurlo.nl
The Cactus Oase is a park with great experiences. Lots of plants, a model train building and always some great expositions. A lot of arrangements are possible. Contact me for the options. www.cactusoase.nl
The Agneta Mill was built in 1851. It was a corn and oil mill, reconstructed to a lumbermill in 1914. Every Saturday morning you can see the mill in action (during the summer the entire day). www.vriendenvanagneta.nl