In Gendringen you will find a beautiful recreation area called ‘Engbergen’. In the forest and park you can make nice strolls, even barefoot on the special barefoot-path. There is an openair- theatre, a golf course, a horse-riding centre and a variety of other outdoor sports, two restaurants, a big playground and children’s farm, a watch tower and old (corn) mill and even an airfield for ultralight airplanes. www.facebook.com/engbergen
If you like unique outdoor sports, Gendringen is the place to be! At Magic Outdoor Sports you will find a big variety of activities, also organized for groups.
If you like flowers, you definitely have to visit this really beautiful flowershop. The shop (called Bresser Bloemen), owned by Bart and Stef Bresser, has awesome decorated period rooms. They also sell hand-made pottery and stylish glassware. They have a large variety of cut-flowers and plants, and can tell you all about them. You have to experience this color palette yourself! In 2015 Bart Bresser made a special Lathyrus bouquet for the Queen of the Netherlands, Maxima. www.facebook.com/Bresser-Bloemen
Megchelen is a village belonging to the municipality Oude IJsselstreek. It’s situated directly at the German border. In fact, 75% of the village is surrounded by German land. Megchelen is a characteristic country village with unique hiking and cycling paths. The town was first mentioned in the year 1402, possibly already around 1200 (under the name ‘Mechtlo’).
In Megchelen you can visit a beautiful estate called ‘Lancfort’. When it was exactly built is not quite clear, nevertheless before 1434 (papers proof it was sold in 1434). The gardens were designed in 1823. The house is private property and therefore not opened for public, the 40 hectares of gardens are free to enter.
Anholt is a German city only two kilometers from Megchelen. Here you can visit a beautiful large watercastle. The fortress was built before the year 1169. The castle remains a hotel with restaurant, a museum, library and an impressive armory. The decoration inside is gorgeous, especially the porcelain. You can make nice strolls through the castle park or play a game of golf at golf course. www.wasserburg-anholt.de
Sinderen is a country village belonging to the municipality Oude IJsselstreek. In the past there was a castle in Sinderen, built somewhere in the 12th century. Around the castle were a lot of farms, inhabited taken care of by leaseholders. The castle was surrounded by an inside moat as well as one outside moat, of this last one are still some parts visible.
What remains of the castle is the Antonius Chapel, also built in the 12th century. In the beginning the chapel was made out of wood. In 1660 it was destroyed in a storm, in 1662 the new chapel (made out of stone) was ready. In 1763 the noble family of the castle build a tomb inside the chapel, the first burial was in 1770. In 1840 the chapel was expanded because there was not enough room for the school. In 1950 the organ was replaced by a new one, a complete restoration happened in 1958. The most special item is the church bell! It is never replaced since the year 1616.
The farm called the ‘Huusboer’ was built in 1904, on the same spot as the former carriage house, right next to the foundations of the old castle. Around this farm are the remains of the outside moat. Every year, on the first Sunday of june, there is a popular event in Sinderen, on the meadows of farm the Huusboer, called ‘the Oldtimer Meeting’. In the morning a procession of old tractors drive around the village and through the area. In the meanwhile visitors can already entrance the field and enjoy music, oldtimer cars and motorcycles, local products and demonstrations of old agriculture tools. Around noon the oldtimer tractors return and are parked on the meadows, ready to be admired by the audience. It’s a great event, for children and adults. www.oldtimertreffensinderen.nl
Ulft is the biggest village of the municipality Oude IJsseltreek. The name Oude IJsselstreek means ‘District of the Old IJssel’ (river). In this region the ground contains a high concentration of bog iron and ironstone. In the sixteenth century there was a castle in Ulft, home of the sister of William of Orange.
In the year 1754 the second blast furnace of The Netherlands was opened in Ulft. Until 1973 the DRU factory was the place of a thriving iron industry. The Dru was famous for the gas stoves and (orange) enamel stew-pans. They were also trend-setting in the working conditions for their employees. They build houses for them, a special school and set up a trust for unexpected expenses. In 1999 the Dru Factory left the buildings in Ulft, no longer suitable for modern industry. Some of the original buildings are now official Industrial Heritage, known under the new name: Dru Culture Factory. A lot of cultural and creative activities are organized. It’s also the location of the Dutch Iron Museum, guided tours are possible. www.drucultuurfabriek.nl
Every year (since 1989) Ulft is the home of ‘Huntenpop’, a two days pop festival with a festival camping site. The location is on the grounds of the DRU factory. www.huntenpop.nl