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.