Dwingeloo (Drents: Dwingel) – a town in the municipality of Westerveld in Drenthe province (Netherlands). The first mention of Dwingeloo village comes from 1181. The name of the village might come from:
- “thingan” (conquer) and “lauha” / “loo” (forest) – “clearing in the forest”,
- “thwangi” (belt) and “lauha” / “loo” (forest) – “a narrow piece of land covered with forest”;
- “dwing” (legal district) and “lauha” / “loo” (forest) – “a state forest”.
Sights / Things to do in Dwingeloo and in the surroundings:
- The large green Brink in the center of the village (in September 2011 Dwingeloo got the title of “the greenest village in Europe”)., with Schultehuis – the official residence of the Schulte (mayor) – from late 17th century.
- St. Nicholas Church (Sint-Nicolaaskerk) – from early 15th century.
- Statue of the lady of Batinghe by Charles Henri de Vries. There is a legend about the ladywho drove by every day during the construction of the St. Nicholas Church. She liked the architect of the church – and the feeling was mutual, therefore the architect could not focus on this job. The damsel of Drenthe and her father, lord of Batinge, decided to send the lady on a journey. But before that she told her beloved one what should be the shape of the church spire.
- Oldengaerde house – a well-preserved Drenthe manor (with canal system) from the 15th century.
- National Park Dwingelderveld – a large forest and heath area.
- Dwingeloo Radio Observatory – a large radio telescope and the Planetron. Radio telescope was completied in 1956 as the largest radio telescope in the world, from 2000 – not in official operation and from 2009 – a national heritage site. The telescope discovered two galaxies in the constellation Cassiopeia: Dwingeloo 1 and Dwingeloo 2 .
Dwingeloo, Drenthe, Netherlands
Diever (Drents: Dever) – a town in the municipality of Westerveld, in the Drenthe province (Netherlands), near the Drentse Hoofdvaart (Drenthe Main Canal). The area was inhabited prodably 6000 years ago. Nearby Diever there is a late stone age dolmen (tomb). The village however was founded in the early Middle Ages. The name Diever most likely comes from the word meaning “deep” or “low”.
Sights / Things to do in Diever:
- Brink – a square in the vilage centre, with a town hall and old buildings;
- St. Pancratius church – Romanesque church, originally from 12th century;
- De Vlijt flour mill from 1882;
- Shakespeare open iair theatre – since 1946 every year, in July and August, there are performances of Shakespeare’s plays;
- dolmen D52 – a megalithic tomb from late stone age, locted at Groningerweg 3;
- Drents-Friese Wold National Park in the neighborhood, with Berkenheuvel nature reserve and a hiding place from the Second World War.
Diever, Drenthe, Netherlands