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Kampen is de ideale toeristenstad voor Amerikanen
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Kampen, an Artist Impression

People have been walking the narrow streets and alleys of the historic city centre of Kampen for centuries. The street pattern has hardly changed. The city has always been a backdrop for soap manufacturers, bag carriers and for the shoppers.

Awakening City

For some time, Kampen photographer Bouke Peterson’s main focus has lain with the numerous enchanting intimacy of the narrow streets and alleys within the historic centre of Kampen. Peterson gets up at the crack of dawn to record the slowly awakening city, from the very moment the first sunbeams kiss the age-old walls. The early lone cyclist. The first rambler. It results in beautiful timeless, serene black and white images. Still-lives of the street. A single bike, casually cast aside against a rough wall build from medieval bricks, casts its elongated shadow over the cobblestone pavement. The glimpse through the Vispoort is reminiscent of melancholic paintings by Giorgio de Chirico. It exudes some of the atmosphere from Chirico’s “Pittura Metafysica”; a feeling of abandonment, the elongated shadows and arcades.

Light

Peterson, who is trained as a teacher and painter at the only art academy ever to be established in Kampen, provides a picturesque image of the city. A magnificent composition, an eye for detail, but above all: a painterly light that characterises his pictures. These features are the foundations of a lengthy and intense process, which starts with observation. Endless observation… Discovering the world around him. When most people are still tucked up in their beds, he explores, continuously observing and photographing, the city centre. Constantly searching for places estranged from every-day reality by an extraordinary light that forms an enchanting colourless world in their own right. This pictorial quest requires patience and perseverance. It is not until that magnificent sunlight warms the earth and Peterson has captured a unique image in no more than a fraction of a second, that his determination is rewarded.

This authentic connection between Peterson, Kampen, and the world surrounding him touches me and many others !

Reinier de Wit

Connect with the spirit and stories of Dutch culture.

Kampen and Beyond is committed to providing the best in local, personalized tourism and facilitating business events on unique historic locations, an hour drive from Amsterdam.

www.kampenandbeyond.com

Reinier de Wit
Master of Arts and Cultural Entrepreneur

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Kampen : one of the most authentic places of Holland


Before the rise of Amsterdam, Kampen ruled the waves. Kampen was the most powerful and prosperous town of Holland and one of the leading cities of Northwest Europe. Kampen was part of an international trading alliance called De Hanze (The Group) which included cities such as Hamburg, Cologne, Bruges and Copenhagen.

The historic center is one of the country’s best preserved, boasting no fewer than 500 medieval monuments, including houses, gates, and towers. Kampen won the Dutch Heritage Award in 2013, and in June 2017 Kampen will host The International Hanseatic Days.

In Kampen you have the chance to make an authentic connection with the Dutch people and their beautiful culture. Main themes and attractions include:

Water

The waterfront of the city is the most precious one of Holland
The Kogge Shipyard. A Kogge was a kind of ship you could compare with the big containerships of our days. The Kogge’s made Kampen tremendously rich. Just recently a Kogge was discovered in the IJssel River. BBC and National Geographic were among the media who covered this event.
Music

The 17th century Bell Tower designed by the renowned architect Vingboons carries bells by Geert van Wou and the brothers Hemony. Carillon players from all over the world like the U.S.A. give special concerts in summertime.
The church was built in 1369 by Rutger van Keulen, whose father was the master builder of the famous Cologne Cathedral. The church towers above the other churches also in a figurative sense, mainly because of the Hinsz organ. With its 3200 pipes and incredible sound, it is a major eye-catcher. Its tones do not simply descend downwards, but they rise up into the 27-metre-high vaults! This also explains why this church attracts people from all corners of the world.

Arts, Artisans and Crafts

The Magistrates Court, the original 16th century hall where trials were held and from which Kampen was governed is now an integral part of The City museum. The museum houses an exceptional collection and a number of treasures of national and international importance. For instance, the 17th century painting by Hendrick Avercamp, renowned for this winter landscapes with merry ice skaters and the elaborately decorated guild cup from the Rijnschippers Guild dating back to 1367, the oldest known silver guild piece in the Netherlands. And if that wasn’t enough, the museum boasts a unique Orange portrait gallery comprising 17 life-size portraits of the Dutch royal family, including the most recent addition: a portrait of king Willem-Alexander.
The Olifant Cigar Factory: Kampen has a reputation as a city were once 3 out of 4 people worked in the cigar industry. The Olifant, in the historic center, is now the only surviving family business were high quality cigars, some made by hand, are manufactured. The Olifant cigars have a reputation matching the Cuban counterparts. The Olifant is connected with a shop and coffee bar, The Eenhoorn, were you can buy and drink superb tea and coffees.
And there is The Guild-quarter: local specialist like for instance a chocolatier who makes their own bonbon, a small brewery and cafe were you can drink authentic Kampen beer, and a gelatoria were artisan ice is made.

Polders, traditional (dairy) farmers and farmshops

The polders around Kampen, The Kampeiland (The Kamperisle), are one of the greenest and oldest polders of Holland. A polder is land reclaimed from the sea. Especially the polders surrounding Kampen are very prosperous thanks to the sedimentation of fertile clay, being located in a unique and one of kind national landscape of the IJssel Delta.

Quality products like butter and hay are renowned in Kampen and beyond. For instance the hay was bought by the Royal Family for their horses. Of course only the best was good enough for them!



More info : www.kampenandbeyond.com

Connect with the spirit and stories of Dutch culture.

Kampen and Beyond is committed to providing the best in local, personalized tourism and facilitating business events on unique historic locations, an hour drive from Amsterdam.

Reinier de Wit
Master of Arts and Cultural Entrepreneur
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