Rain. Companion for life. It was not invited at the party of this small city of summer festivals in Utrecht region, but still it came. It didn’t matter, people were enchanted by the street theatre and the international festival was a huge success.
Drums Brought Me To Woerden
Music attracts people like honey to bees. From afar I could hear the beats of the drum and it was as if my OV-fiets was put under a spell. I’ve never been faster in locating a moving music band. I was immediately engulfed in the group of spectators that were dancing on the upbeat rhythm of the samba band. Big raindrops came down, but we weren’t bothered by it, summer music brought a tropical atmosphere in the city centre of Woerden
City of summer festivals 2016
In summer the small city of Woerden turns into a city of summer festivals. Hardly a weekend goes by without some food event, concert, or artistic performance. Yesterday, 25 June 2016, street artists from all around the world took over the city. Together they showed how diverse street theatre can be. Hendrik Jan de Stuntman was slightly confronting, Funny Hats was creative, Fjarno the Parno taught us something about commercial spirit, Le Ballerine brought a magical dance on stilts, while Parasolo used the stilts to tell us about friendship. Then there was Medusa’s World full of fairytale like creatures and many many more amazing artists using movements, gestures and facial expressions to tell their story.
Final scene: the artist uses words to introduce himself.
“I chose this job because I like it. The real job is my life. I thank you for coming, in rain, in non-rain.”
Luca Belleza, Italian street artist and master in threads and balloons.
City of Summer festival agenda
A wonderful day full of wonders in Woerden. Take a look at the city agenda to see which events and festivals are coming up in this summer festival city. Just a sneak peek:
Saturday 2 July: Food festival Straatvoer Woerden
Saturday 9 July: Music Festival Dedicated Outdoor
Friday 12 August till Saturday 20 August: Friends & Family Festival Woerdense Vakantie Week
Never visited the city of Woerden and its surroundings or are all your friends on holiday? On Saturday 2 July Verita’s Visit organises the Culture & Cheese Tour Woerden, an all senses experience full of food, culture, history and nature. With this activity and the small challenge you can do, you easily connect with locals and other travellers, so you can visit the food festival together afterwards. You can easily request more information or book by following the link above or sending an email to travel(@)veritasvisit.nl
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If you are still looking for a great summer destination I have a tip for you. Make a city trip in the Netherlands! Now, I know that many of you will be surprised that I give this suggestion given the fact that I absolutely adore the Dutch countryside, nature and . Well, I have to tell you a secret.
A non-touristy Dutch city in Utrecht Region
Many cities in the Netherlands are actually quite small. Take Woerden, a Dutch city in Utrecht region I recently discovered myself. It has around 52.000 inhabitants and it still has this village feeling. Visit this place on a Saturday, when the local farmers & cheese market takes place and you’ll still be able to walk around without being crushed by groups of tourists. It really is a perfect example of village feeling of a Dutch city.
Starting point of Dutch countryside adventures
Woerden is also the capital of what we call the Green Heart, a nature area in the middle of the main cities of Utrecht, Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam. That means Woerden is surrounded by nature. The typical Dutch landscapes of polders with the black-and-white cows are just around the corner. Go on a bike ride or a walk and you’ll be amazed by the setting of the peaceful villages located near the river Rhine with their small cottages and homey feel. Best thing is that Woerden is also a short trainride away from Amsterdam, Utrecht, Leiden and Gouda. Should you miss the big city life.
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There are doors on each floor and in the gable roof there’s a little kink. Architectural experts would call this a mansard roof. The house is similar to many other houses in Woerden and in the region. To be honest, if you wouldn’t know what is in there you wouldn’t even enter the street it is in. Fortunately I did know what the building was and still is used for, although I could not have imagined what I was about to see.
Golden Suns on Shelves
When you enter the building and the door is closed behind you, you’re surrounded by darkness and the only thing you see are hundreds of golden suns shining on shelves as far as the eye can see. It’s like you just walked into a bank’s huge safe where all the gold is kept. A spectacular sight and a tingling feeling. The kind of feeling you get when you experience something special. You realise you just found a place few people know about. A hidden treasure in Woerden.
Security bars in the cheese warehouse
In this cheese warehouse, where for over a century Reypenaer matures its cheeses there is a track on the ground floor in between the rows.In this magical place you can easily imagine carriages riding on this track to carry the cheeses to the ships or horse-drawn wagons. In the windows are security bars. Why? Would be happy to tell you in the City & Cheese Tour Woerden. The many doors and windows are used for ventilation, but there’s something else that is part of an ingenious system of climate control. Small hatches in the second floor help circulate the air. Moreover, they provide a fantastic glimpse to the other rows full of golden cheeses upstairs.
How much dutch cheese can you taste?
Before you go upstairs, better weigh yourself on the large weighing scale. On the second floor, hidden from view is a beautiful room where the not so small cheese tastings are done. Each piece of cheese is presented on a cutting board with a very special instrument amusingly called: guillotine. You slice off a piece of cheese, let it melt on your tongue and then sip a bit of the red or white wine or the port. Depending on which cheese you’re tasting of course.
After having tasted the different cheeses with the wine and port, you have to find your way back to the entrance of the Reypenaer cheese warehouse. Be aware of the hatches in the floor, if you fall through the hole and land on top of a cheese, this has severe consequences to the maturing process and taste of the Dutch golden treat.
There is much more to see, hear, feel, taste in the Reypenaer cheese warehouse and in Woerden. I would therefore like to invite you to join the City & Cheese Tour Woerden, a full all senses experience.
Daytrip Amsterdam Woerden
Woerden, known as the capital of the green heart, is in the midst of the Dutch countryside and is perfect for a daytrip from Amsterdam, the train from the capital takes about 30 min. The city is also easily reachable with train from Utrecht, Leiden and other cities in the Randstad such as The Hague and Rotterdam.
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