Friday, 5 September 2014

The city bridge at dawn

Kampen's city bridge crossing the IJssel river has been replaced a number of times throughout history, most recently early this century. This is based on the photograph below, taken one September morning.

Friday, 25 July 2014


Not the oldest houses in Kampen (they date back to the end of the 19th century), but the houses at the Ebbingerstraat, adjacent to the city park, are very much worthwhile.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

From the top

The downstream part of Kampen's old centre, viewed from above (during a ride in the Ferris wheel that was erected during Sail Kampen 2014). The main subject is the Roman Catholic Buitenkerk (outside church), which dates back to the 14th century.

Friday, 10 January 2014

Oudestraat silhouettes

The heart of the Oudestraat (Old Street) with the silhouetted shape of the old city hall and the so-called Nieuwe Toren (New Tower).

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Cow sculpture

The Koeplein (Cow square) adjacent to the old city hall and the Nieuwe Toren (New Tower, dating back to 1664) features a nice statue of the cow, referring to one of the (in)famous legends about Kampen. Centuries ago they wanted to get rid of grass growing at the top of the tower, so they hoisted the mayor's cow up to have her feed on it - killing the poor thing in the process. The gateway in the back of the shot is in the Nieuwe Toren.

Monday, 2 December 2013

Botermarkt (in winter)

We have encountered the Botermarkt before (link), but from a different angle and in a different season. Here is an atmospheric winter view.

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Oudestraat (from the top)

The Oudestraat (old street) is the main shopping street of Kampen, dating back to the 14th century or even earlier. This is the view of the upstream part, seen from the top of the Nieuwe Toren.

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Role play

More often than not, festivities in Kampen include people playing roles of centuries ago. This is a shot of a woman playing the part of a medieval travelling musician.

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

The Broederpoort (park side)

Revisiting the Broederpoort, which we first saw on October 23d (link). This is the gate's building as seen from the city park, giving more of an impression of a small castle.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Nieuwe Markt

The Nieuwe Markt (New Market) is part of the weekly Kampen markt, which extends along the Burgel canal as well. In the background the Nieuwe Toren (New Tower) from 1664.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

The Broederpoort

The Broederpoort (Monk's gate) is one of three remaining city gates (originally there were 20). The rectangular building with four slender towers dates back to 1465 originally, and was rebuilt in Renaissance style in 1615.

Thursday, 17 October 2013

The town crier

One of many ways in which Kampen regularly re-lives its glorious past is the employment of a town crier for special occasions. Dressed as they were centuries ago of course.

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Koornmarktpoort (River side)

Here we have the same gate as seen in the previous entry (the Koornmarktpoort), seen from the side of the river IJssel - and it presents quite a different view this way.

Friday, 4 October 2013

Koornmarktplein and Koornmarktpoort

The Koornmarkt plein (Wheat Market square) and Koornmarktpoort (Wheat Market Gate) in the city centre near the largest church. The 14th century gate was originally part of the city wall and is the oldest of the three remaining Kampen city gates. On the other side of the gate is the IJssel river.

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Dutch East Indies monument

This monument in Kampen, located in the City park, is dedicated to the victims of the war that my generation tends to forget: the five year war between the Netherlands and the Indonesian rebels striving for their own republic emerging from the Dutch East Indies. It was not the finest moment in Dutch history with quite some atrocities on both sides, and 5000 Dutch soldiers killed (the war took an estimated toll of 150000 Indonesians, but that figure includes victims of internal fighting as well).

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Old city hall

One of the oldest and most characteristic buildings of Kampen. The gothic old city hall dates back to the 14th century. Originally it was a wine house, before it was turned into the city hall. In 2001, a modern city hall outside the ancient city centre was built, and the old building was converted to house the Kampen City Museum. The photograph was taken before the iconic cow sculpture was re-instated on the small square in front of the building.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

The Burgel - Vloeddijk

Another image from the city canal, the Burgel. This is more in the centre than the previous one posted, with emphasis on the beautiful canal houses on the Vloeddijk (to the right).

Friday, 13 September 2013


The Botermarkt (butter market) is a small beautiful square just a few meters away from the main street of the old city centre (Oudestraat). Its original purpose, which resulted in its name, has long been abandoned. It is now used for guests of one of the best restaurants of Kampen. In the background the Nieuwe Toren (New Tower) from 1664.

Monday, 9 September 2013

City park

Kampen's City Park, situated at the edge of the old city centre, was created in 1830, with substantial changes in 1863 and 1915. It is in the English style and offers a great place of repose for the Kampen citizens.


Wednesday, 4 September 2013

D' Olde Zwarver

D'Olde Zwarver (dialect for the old hobo) is Kampen's windmill, built in 1842. In a stunning operation (certainly for that time), it was transported in 1952 to its current location to accommodate extension plans of the local milk factory.