Brink (village green)
Brink (village green) Dwingeloo Reviews
A step back in time Jun 25, 2011
The centre of Dwingeloo is actually a ‘brink’. The Dutch word ‘brink’ is best translated as ‘village green’.
A village green is a common open area within a settlement. Traditionally, a village green was often common grassland at the centre of an agricultural settlement and it was used for grazing. The village green of Dwingeloo is surrounded by trees and it has a pond that was used for watering sheep before they were led out to the heath land. It also still has an old bandstand, which was used as an open air meeting place for the local people during public celebrations such as May Day festivities.
There are also some large ‘zwerfkeien’ (Dutch for glacial erratic) on and around the village green. These are pieces of rock that can range in size from pebbles to large boulders. There are a couple of these boulders around, just like in other areas in the northern part of The Netherlands. They have been transported by glaciers and they are one of a series of indicators that mark the path of prehistoric glacier movement.
There are also historic buildings that are lining the same village green. There’s the former council-house which is now an information point for tourists. It has a small monument in front of it that remembers the members of the resistance and Jewish inhabitants of the village that died during WWII.
There are a couple of beautiful old farms with thatched roofs.
The brink, or village green, of Dwingeloo is one of the most beautiful ones in The Netherlands. Walking around here is like taking a step back in time, when this was a real famer's village.
Part of the Dwingeloo 2011 travel blog
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