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some fresh fish.” Te Selle: “I would credit the cosiness for a large part for that. The streets aren’t too wide and not too small. We welcome street musicians and organise many events in and around the centre. It’s a neat centre where every shopping street converges on the local church square with the lovely terraces and a keen mix is made between familiar shops and locals who run their own store. We’re very hospitable which is highly appreciated by every visitor. Then there’s the fact that parking is free, because why spend money on that when you can spend it on that extra cup of coffee? That’s valued a lot and part of the reason why the Dutch Association of Itinerant Retailers named our market as the best in the Netherlands.”
Piet Mondrian It is impossible to talk about Winterswijk without mentioning famous painter Piet Mondrian. The Dutchman is known for
his abstract paintings, but started out as an expressionist, raised in Winterswijk between the age of eight and 20. Te Selle: “The house where Mondrian used to live is now a museum with original paintings on display. Many are depictions of buildings in the area and most of them are still there, so it’s possible to see the art and then go for a walk to the real deal. There’s even an Mondrian escape room, a Mondrian city walk and a Mondrian cycling route.” Te Gronde: “There’s ‘Mondrian By Night’ on the 23 September which is so much fun. His works are projected on buildings in the centre such as the church and bands will perform his most loved genre of music: jazz.”
Autumn Because of all the nature around Winterswijk, it figures that the area is beautiful around autumn when the leaves change their coat. Te Gronde: “There’s a certain
Indian summer vibe to it when the temperature suddenly rises. I definitely recommend hiking through the forests with a guide and enjoy the vineyards where lots of people help them out with picking the grapes. It’s a common sight to see a large table near such a vineyard where you can join for a wine and dine arrangement. There’s a beautiful restaurant called the Strandlodge next to a natural swimming pool where you should take the surprise menu for the most delicious food and go subsequently to one of our many festivals. There’s an antique car festival, a food truck festival, a fire festival and a flower parade. And yes, of course we have our own Mondrian beer. I am not a beer drinker, my partner is and he definitely liked it.” To find out more about Winterswijk, go to www.100procentwinterswijk.nl
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Promoting Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg.