Sunday, November 3, 2019


In the Dutch Golden Age, Zaandam was as a large milling hub. Thousands of windmills powered saws that processed Scandinavian wood for the shipbuilding and paper industries.
Windmills made Zaandam a leading city in the first Industrial Revolution. 
In 1697, Czar Peter I of Russia spent time in Zaandam, where he studied shipbuilding.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Egmond aan zee

Egmond aan zee is a popular seaside resort since the beginning of the 20th century. It's well known for its healthy/clear sea air. 

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Hattem - Hanzestad

Hattem in province Gelderland, obtained city rights in 1299 and it is surrounded by gorgeous nature. It is situated in the Veluwe area, well known for the wonderful hikes and cycling routes.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Hasselt - Hanzestad

Hasselt in the Dutch province of Overijssel received city rights in 1252 and became a member of the Hanseatic League around 1350.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Elburg - Hanzestad

Elburg is a municipality and a city in the province of Gelderland. The city was recorded as a member of the Hanseatic League and before the closing off of the Zuiderzee was a prosperous  fishing village with access to the North Sea.

Sunday, January 6, 2019


It was in Münster/Germany where the Peace of Westphalia was signed in 1648.
This agreement ended the "Eighty Years' War" or Dutch War of Independence (1568–1648), a revolt of the Seventeen Provinces of what are today the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg against Spain.