"Ditches, Flowers and a fortress" De Kwakel by pieter_jan_v

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De Kwakel is a small village with about 4000 inhabitants situated between Uithoorn, Kudelstaart and Aalsmeer.
The village is located at a crossing of an important waterway (the Drecht) and the walkway from Uithoorn to Kudelstaart.
At this crossing a Quakelbrugge was build, a walkway bridge with a high enough passage for the local shipping at around 1600.
A small settlement named Vrouwenakker grew around the bridge.
Around 1890 a fortress was build as a part of the "Stelling van Amsterdam" to protect the Capital. The fortress never saw enemy troops.
De Kwakel stayed a Katholic enclave in the middle of protestant villages.
In the last decades many flower farms with hothouses were started around the village.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A unique Dutch spot
  • Cons:Tiny with ditches everywhere
  • In a nutshell:A must see
  • Last visit to De Kwakel: Jan 2014
  • Intro Updated Jan 12, 2014
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  • King_Golo's Profile Photo
    Feb 18, 2008 at 1:28 AM

    De Kwakel sounds like the name of a little duck... :)

  • Sep 14, 2006 at 10:37 PM

    Looks like a nice little place for a visit PJ! I'm always interested in reading about unusual places in Nl! :)


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