Sunday in Winterswijk

By Ruben

THE NETHERLANDS – A few hours in Winterswijk (population: +/- 23,000) with a friend who lived nearby at the time. I though Winterswijk, which is one of the main towns of the Achterhoek region, was a nice place to visit for a few reasons.

Firstly, its remote location (by Dutch standards) close to the German border gives it a different feel to other parts of the Netherlands. Secondly, being in a less densely populated area, it’s more spacious than many other Dutch towns and looks like it continued to develop more organically. And unlike many Dutch towns of a similar size, it’s neither a very big village or picturesque centre surrounded by modern (post WW2) neighbourhoods. It’s a real small town.

Lastly, though it’s nothing special compared to some of the country’s historic towns, Winterswijk looks pretty nice in a modest way and still has an agreeable 1950’s air to it. I hope you’ll see what I mean in these pictures of our random Sunday walk through the central part of town.

1. Jonenstraat
2. Jonenstraat
3. Misterstraat
4. Misterstraat – Winterswijk grew into a town in the 19th century because of its textile industry, and judging by some of the buildings, it must have been quite prosperous
5. Misterstraat – The catholic Church of Saint-Jacob (Jacobuskerk), which was built in 1868-69
6. Misterstraat and the other Church of Saint Jacob, which was built in the middle ages (I think it’s now a protestant church – according to Wikipedia, Winterswijk turned protestant during the reformation, unlike the surrounding area)
7. Markt
8. Torenstraat and the 18th century baptist church (with the pointy red roof)
9. Markt
10. Wooldstraat
11. Wooldstraat
12. Wooldstraat
13. Wooldstraat
14. Wooldstraat
15. Wooldstraat
16. Wooldstraat
17. The synagogue on Spoorstraat – Winterswijk had a large Jewish community between 1800 and WW2. According to Wikipedia, many Jews were hidden during the war, even by pro-German farmers. Helena Kuipers-Rietberg, a protestant woman who co-founded a network to hide people during the war, and who died in a concentration camp, was from Winterswijk
18. Spoorstraat
19. Spoorstraat
20. Spoorstraat
21. Spoorstraat
22. Spoorstraat
23. Spoorstraat – A lot of houses seem to have this kind of gable in this region
24. Spoorstraat
25. Spoorstraat
26. Winterswijk station
27. Stationsstraat
28. Stationsstraat
29. Goudvinkenstraat
30. Goudvinkenstraat
31. Sellecamp
32. Rijksburgerschool (State Citizen’s School) on Zonnebrink
33. Zonnebrink
34. Sellekamp – One of my favourite things about Winterswijk is that you can still see the original village
35. Sellekamp
36. Meddosestraat
37. Meddosestraat
38. Markt
39. Mevrouw Kuipers Rietbergplein – The former town hall, which was completed in 1938. The town hall has since moved to a rather ugly building (the only one I saw in Winterswijk) opposite the station
40. Jeugdkerkstraat
41. Jonendwarsstraat
42. Misterstraat
43. Misterstraat
44. Misterweg – COOP Winterswijk Farmers Union
45. Misterstraat
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