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”.

May 2017

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

Ξ National Park Dwingelderveld website

Ξ Planetron Dwingeloo website

∇ Location: view on Google Maps

⛭ Weather in Dwingeloo

See also:

In Drenthe: Drenthe | Diever | Dieverbrug | Time travel: a rideTime travel: The Watchman Mill | Time travel: KlompenTime travel: Balloo

Nature in Drenthe: Drenthe flowersFlowers in Drenthe | Drenthe sunset

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