Meppel is a municipality and a city in the northeast of the Netherlands, in the south-west of the province Drenthe. It is the oldest town in the province and received city rights in 1809. Meppel has approximately 31.000 inhabitants and covers about 58 square kilometers.
It developed in the 16th century as a transport and distribution inland harbour for turf. There used to be a lot of waterways in the town, but now only one remains.
Once a year in June there is a festival held called the Grachtenfestival, which sees boats from all over the country gather in Meppel. All sorts of activities are organised, such as markets, a pirate/shanty choir festival, canooing competitions and live music. During six weeks in Summer the Donderdag Meppeldagen take place. Every Thursday the whole town comes alive with music, fun fairs, markets and more.
People born in Meppel are often referred to as 'Meppeler Muggen'; this translates as mosquitos/gnats from Meppel. This is due to a folk tale in which the people of Meppel though the church tower was on fire. After closer inspection it was only a swarm of mosquitos.
Windmill De Vlijt is located at the most beautiful spot of Meppel.
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