The Tiel Loop

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Flipje the icon for the (former) Tiel Jam Industries

Since I have been back in NL I have complained about the weather almost daily. This weekend the weather forecast was slightly optimistic. We would even see some rays of sun, they said.

Stephan, with whom I have hiked a lot in the US during vacations, invited me over to his home town, the city of Tiel, for a local hike. The Tiel Loop.

Tiel is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands. Its history dates back to around 850 - 1100. It used to be an important trade city and thus suffered from Viking attacks. In more recent history the city suffered from fights between the Germans and the Allied forces. This caused a lot of damage to the historic downtown area.
A famous mascot for the city is "Flipje", a raspberry like puppet, which became iconic for the (once) locally produced fruit jams.

Zoelen Castle

The Tiel Loop (Rondje Tiel) is a 20-kilometer (12.4-mile) hike around the city and through some of its picturesque neighboring hamlets. We managed to beef the distance up to 27 kilometers (16.9 miles). The hike has it all: historic, picturesque, industrial, rural, modern, urban, etc.

Some highlights in the hike:
- The centuries old St. Maartens Church. It dates back to the 10th century. Has been partly demolished and rebuilt or expanded and scaled down. 10 times in a row. It was subject to a lot of damage during the Second World War. But has been mostly restored.
- The old market and the Watergate (which has nothing to do with Nixon by the way) in historic downtown.

Sun is preparing for sunset
The gate was demolished by the Germans in WOII. It took until 1979 before it was restored.
- The Prince Bernhard Locks. These huge locks date back to 1952 / 1974 and are the gateway to the Amsterdam - Rhine Canal. The locks negotiate a water level of about 3.5 meters (11 ft). About 35,000 ships pas every year.
- The industrial area in the North East. Not pretty but interesting with an abandoned railroad track, creepy graffiti under the highway and train bridges.
- Rural scenery and orchards near the hamlet of Zoelen which is also the home of Zoelen Castle. This castle dates back to the year of 1263. This is, however, not the castle which we know today since it was destroyed in 1355. It is the rebuilt version that we still see nowadays. The lands of the castle are open to the public. The castle, however, is still privately owned.
- The first blossom of the year! In an orchard at the castle grounds we spotted one tree which was already bearing blossom flowers. Amazing, this early in the season!

The sun set faster than we anticipated so we skipped the Passewaaij Wetlands and headed to the old market for a nice Vietnamese post-hike meal.

More pictures below.

 

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Flipje the icon for the (former) T…
Flipje the icon for the (former) …
Zoelen Castle
Zoelen Castle
Sun is preparing for sunset
Sun is preparing for sunset
Our trail blazers
Our trail blazers
A remaining tree that once stood o…
A remaining tree that once stood …
The Saint Maartens Church
The Saint Maartens Church
The Saint Maartens Church
The Saint Maartens Church
The Saint Maartens Church
The Saint Maartens Church
Next to the Saint Maartens Church
Next to the Saint Maartens Church
Now my God. May your eyes and your…
Now my God. May your eyes and you…
The Saint Maartens Church
The Saint Maartens Church
Cleaning away an ugly building
Cleaning away an ugly building
More of these buildings please!
More of these buildings please!
The River Waal water front (withou…
The River Waal water front (witho…
The old market
The old market
The restored water gate
The restored water gate
Prins Berhard Locks
Prins Berhard Locks
Abandoned Railroad tracks in the i…
Abandoned Railroad tracks in the …
Graffiti
Graffiti
Graffiti underneath the Betuwse ca…
Graffiti underneath the Betuwse c…
Let op!! (Attention!)
Let op!! (Attention!)
A very strange traffic order
A very strange traffic order
Orchards near Zoelen
Orchards near Zoelen
Orchards near Zoelen
Orchards near Zoelen
The church of Zoelen
The church of Zoelen
Early crocuses. Spring is coming
Early crocuses. Spring is coming
The church of Zoelen
The church of Zoelen
Polder scape
Polder scape
The church of Zoelen
The church of Zoelen
The sentry house of Zoelen Castle
The sentry house of Zoelen Castle
Zoelen Castle
Zoelen Castle
Zoelen Castle
Zoelen Castle
Zoelen Castle
Zoelen Castle
Near Zoelen Castle
Near Zoelen Castle
The first blossoms
The first blossoms
The first blossoms in the orchard …
The first blossoms in the orchard…
Other fruit trees in the orchard n…
Other fruit trees in the orchard …
The first blossoms in the orchard …
The first blossoms in the orchard…
A very fashionable scarecrow
A very fashionable scarecrow
The hamlet of Kapel Avezaath
The hamlet of Kapel Avezaath
Mysterious cubes near the hamlet o…
Mysterious cubes near the hamlet …
The Betuwe cargo railroad
The Betuwe cargo railroad
Polder scape
Polder scape
Reflections
Reflections
A farm built in 1944
A farm built in 1944
More old farms
More old farms
The single track railroad from/to …
The single track railroad from/to…
Sunset near Tiel Passewaaij
Sunset near Tiel Passewaaij
GPS profile of the hike (rendered …
GPS profile of the hike (rendered…
Tiel
photo by: huibdos