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
Dieverbrug (Drents: Dieverbrogge) – a village in the municipality of Westerveld, in Drenthe province (Netherlands), located on the Drentsche Hoofdvaart (Drenthe Main Canal), halfway between Diever and Dwingeloo. The name of the village origins from diever – coming from the word meaning “deep” or “low” and “brug” – bridge over the Drentsche Hoofdvaart. In 1840 in Dieverbrug there were seven houses and 45 inhabitants, in 2019 the population has grown to 270 people.
Sights / Things to do in Dieverbrug:
- remnants of a lime kilns (“kalkovens”) complex from 1925, renovated in 1925 – a national monument,
- bridge keeper’s house “Antigone” from 1882,
- toll house from ca 1900,
- houses and farms from early 20th century.
Dieverbrug, Drenthe, Netherlands