"Wageningen, town of freedom and liberation" Wageningen by Pavlik_NL

Wageningen Travel Guide: 19 reviews and 45 photos

5th of May 1945 in Hotel De Wereld

This date is of big importance to The Netherlands as at that date the Germans capitulated their forces that still occupied the Northern half of the country. Finally, after five years of Nazi-regime we were liberated and still on this day, here in Wageningen, one parties the hardest, loudest and most intensive our national "liberation-day".
Today (2003-5-5) we were there and of course we shot some pictures of it. Tradition is (not only in Wageningen, but anywhere in The Netherlands, to have (pop / rock)concerts on various locations throughout the town. Around 80.000 people choose Wageningen and the town is buzzing and booming. Also because here the defile (a parade) of old heroes is held. First it was only the people that were fighting for freedom in the second worldwar, now (as the amounts of the first mentioned group is every year smaller and smaller) the heroes are added with military that served on peace-missions from the UN (Libanon, Eritrea, Bosnia, Afghanistan etc.)

Green oasis in the valley of The Rhine

Wageningen is not a large town. Actually, if one would take away the Agricultural University (of worldfame), the town would deminish to village-size. However, it is an old town with an amazing amount of green within and around the centre. The old citywalls and canals (defenceline) have partly been kept and are partly turned to parks that now provide the innertown with a lovely green circle of trees, fields and water.
The weapon of Wageningen contains a wagonwheel, that refers to the first part of the name of the twon "Wagen" (Dutch for wagon or car).

Wageningen, a peculiar studenttown

As Wageningen has the Agricultural University of The Netherlands (maybe Europe or even the world), many students live and study here. They always bring a certain atmosphere that can be well expressed on the picture that I attached here.

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  • sachara's Profile Photo
    Apr 6, 2004 at 9:29 PM

    Nice this page of Wageningen !! I lived there for years, studying at the LH (now called LUW). Yes, the 5th May festival is a nice occasion to visit the town.

  • lunatique's Profile Photo
    Jun 29, 2003 at 8:22 PM

    Heel goed!!! Dank u ! It's very helpful and indeed Wageningen is a beautiful town, can't wait to be there !

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