"STAPHORST - folklore and religion" Staphorst by ATLC

Staphorst Travel Guide: 36 reviews and 82 photos

Staphorster Farms

Staphorst is one of the rare villages in The Netherlands where people still wear traditional costume.

I am a little shy to ask these people to pose in front of my camera. So I have used some postcards. But the farms are very nice photo topics as well. Even though this is a small village, it is Dutch and yet exotic and I haven't finished exploring yet!


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The area

There are quite a few places around Meppel (main town in the area) that are worth visiting. However, Meppel is on the brink of two provinces, so you would not be able to detect that if you look at my Travel Page.

You could easily cycle between these places. It's a lovely rural area.
Like: Meppel-Staphorst-Giethoorn-Meppel
Or: Meppel-Ruinerwold-Frederiksoord-Vledder-Meppel
Or: Meppel-Steenwijk-Giethoorn-Kolderveen-Meppel
Or: Meppel-Ruinerwold-Kallenkote-Schiphorst-Meppel
Or: Meppel-Staphorst-Zwolle-Meppel

So here goes:

Kolderveen (very rural, dairy farm icecream)
Steenwijk (small town, Unesco heritage site)
Giethoorn (Venice of the north)
Staphorst (beautiful old farms)
Ruinerwold(stone's throw from Meppel)
Kallenkote (Indonesian bird park)
Frederiksoord(colony of welfare)
Vledder(small village, museum of fake art)
Zwolle (largest town in the area)
Meppel (lively nightlife, shopping, printing museum)
Schiphorst (stately home as exclusive hotel/restaurant, stork farm)

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  • Pros:Folkore and tradition
  • Last visit to Staphorst: Jun 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • budapest8's Profile Photo
    Sep 21, 2010 at 8:03 PM

    Interesitng tips.Do some people still wear clogs there? Can't imagine not much demand for a red light district or coffe shops Lol.My father used to make rocking horses as a hobby when he retired, could u send me a picture in larger format? Thx 4 sharing

  • Toyin's Profile Photo
    Jan 30, 2005 at 4:05 PM

    Lovely page AT, fine achitectures. Thanks for sharing.

  • sim1's Profile Photo
    Dec 14, 2003 at 10:14 AM

    Nice page Anke-Thea! I have to admit that I've never been to Staphorst, but maybe I'll go on a next visit to The Netherlands :-)) Hahaha, the kibbeling sounds sooo tempting! Yummie! :-)

  • KennetRose's Profile Photo
    Feb 26, 2003 at 4:03 AM

    Fascinating page - and as well- presented as we expect from you A-T!

  • Sweetberry1's Profile Photo
    Feb 24, 2003 at 2:41 AM

    Interestting page AT.. Lovely photos of traditional ware..

  • cissy4170's Profile Photo
    Feb 21, 2003 at 12:41 AM

    I love your pictures and customs tips. Very interesting and helpful:-)

  • Ken_Weaver's Profile Photo
    Feb 20, 2003 at 1:38 PM

    Wonderful tips and beautiful photos...traditional dress is very interesting.

  • Waalewiener's Profile Photo
    Feb 19, 2003 at 12:20 PM

    Great page I wonder if you saw any babies at the Stork farm , do Storks still deliver Babies??
    Nice Muts heb je op.
    Well done Hans

  • billus's Profile Photo
    Feb 18, 2003 at 4:44 PM

    de muts maakt de mens

  • Feb 18, 2003 at 2:20 PM

    Great page & pictures, if I?ll visit here, I?ll see it?s a weekday


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