MINI GUIDE TO OOTMARSUM, NETHERLANDS

MINI GUIDE TO OOTMARSUM, NETHERLANDS

I think pretty much 100% of the people following my blog have never heard of this small town before. Heck, I am certain if I would ask a Dutchman, most of them would say they don’t know where this little town is located. And, I can’t blame you. It is a pretty small town in the East of the Netherlands, and there is not a whole lot happening.

You might wonder, why the heck would I write a post about it then?
Well, this town is where my family originated. My family is super small and we have an unusual last name, so it is pretty easy to track our history (well we didn’t even have to do that, cause my grandpa is the first of the family to leave his village for love nawwwwwwwwwww).

The town is actually very cute and went I was back home last September and I visited it with my parents. I took a bunch of photos which I would like to share with you. Additionally, I will give you some basic information, in case you are ever in the area and would like to check it out.

BASIC INFORMATION 

Ootmarsum is a town in the Dutch province of Overijssel. It is a part of the municipality of Dinkelland and lies about 10 km north of Oldenzaal. In 2001, the town of Ootmarsum only has 4227 inhabitants. There is a lot to see in the area. From an open-air museum, to country estates, museums, galleries, and an observatory.

In addition to a protected cityscape, Ootmarsum alone has more than 30 national monuments. In fact, more than 140 monuments are registered in the municipality of Dinkelland. Which gives the town so much charm.

It is located about 170 kilometers from Amsterdam and is about a 2-hour drive.

EXPLORING THE TOWN 

Underneath are just some pictures of this amazing little town. It shows you how great this place is and why you should hop in the car, go for a lovely drive and check this place out.

CATHOLIC SIMON AND JUDAS CHURCH 

Situated in the middle of this delightful town, the church is a stand-out structure. The interior has all the usual trappings one would expect of a Catholic Church, and very little stands out for particular mention, save the organ pipes, which are very impressive.

REFORMED CHURCH  

A little tucked away stands the “hervormde kerk’ (The reformed church). The outside of this church is a bit more impressive them the inside, which is decked out with a simple interior. The entry is free, so if it is open, worth a quick look.

OLD STREETS WITH HERITAGE BUILDINGS 

A typical street in the town is filled with amazingly old buildings and lots of them are heritage listed.

 FOODS TO TRY 

Since this town is a very typical and old fashioned town, you should try some of the Dutch famous and delicious snacks and foods. I had a broodje krokette when I was there and it was flipping delicious.
  • Raw Herring – If you like eating fish, you should definitely try this one. The traditional herring is served raw with chopped onions and gherkins. You eat it by grabbing the fish by the tail and hold it high above your head and lower it into your mouth. (bit strange but that’s how we eat them, NO JOKES!.)
  • Cheese – Gouda cheese is the most famous, and most produced, Dutch Cheese, followed by Edam, Maasdam, Boerenkaas, Leyden and lesser-known cheeses.
    The Netherlands is famous for being one of the biggest exporters of cheese in the world.
  • Bitterballen – A MUST TRY – These are absolutely delicious and a must-try. These savory meatballs with crunchy crust are usually served with mustard.
  • Kroketten – The common English translation of kroket is croquette. A typical Dutch croquette is made of meat ragout (or salpicon) covered in breadcrumbs, and deep fried until golden and crispy.
  • Stamppot – In winter this is ‘The go-to” dinner. This dish is made from mashed potatoes with kale or sauerkraut and sausage.
  • Stoopwafels –  A stroopwafel is a waffle made from two thin layers of baked dough with a caramel syrup filling in the middle (YUM).
  • Poffertjes – Poffertjes are very small Dutch puffy pancakes about 5 cm (2 inches) wide that are mostly flat, but are puffed up a little bit. They are made from white wheat flour, butter, milk, eggs, yeast and salt and then typically covered in soft sugar and butter… (my Aussie friends who have tried these say “they are the best”!)
  • Drop – You either hate or love licorice, the Dutch people are in the team of those who absolutely LOVE it. They love it so much that they have the highest licorice consumption per capital in the world.

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