Willemstad Local Custom Tips by Pavlik_NL
Willemstad Local Customs: 4 reviews and 5 photos
Now, explane what you see here ...
The town is definately not that big. You can easily mistake it for a small village if it weren;t for the fortifications and the monuments spread through the place. Willemstad's citizens are however proud to be inhabitants of the wonderful historical town and the dress up there town in the most wonderful way. Some even think of things that make the visitors look strange first and then ... laugh out loud.
Flood levels, the real enemy within the gates
Like in the whole history of The Netherlands, the real enemy was most of the time not the Vikings, French, English or Germans, but the water of the North Sea and rivers usualy bring fortune to our country. On the gatehouse there are some memorial plates in the wal that show the various flood levels in the years these disasterous events occured. Last time in 1953 the highest flood wiped away three quarters of the province of Zeeland. By the way, does it show that the levels are steadily rising!?!
The townsquare of Willemstad
Our queen and her ancestors all had a long list of titles. One of them is "Vrouwe / Heer van Willemstad" (Lady / Lord of Willemstad). This tite is also in the hands of Beatrix and will become a part of the title of Willem Alexander, that can truely again call it "his" town.
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