"Five years longer cityrights then Arnhem" Huissen by Pavlik_NL

Huissen Travel Guide: 6 reviews and 7 photos

Huissen, refuge for Catholics and criminals

Even before arnhem got it's cityrights from the Duke of Gelre, "Huessen" (the old spelling of the town) got it's city-priviliges from the Earl of Kleef. Even until the 18th century this small historic town belonged to this German state! Because of this Huissen became a refuge for Catholics in the 80-years of Dutch independance-war against Spanish (read "Catholic") rule. Later the border between The Netherlands and the enclave of Kleef just over the river became a place that criminals used to go to before they got caught and sentenced to the gallows.
Now-a-days Huissen, with it's nice intact old towncentre, is worth a short visit. It still has many old styled houses and a very own atmosphere. Especially around Carnaval one can still feel the power of Catholic influence out of history. But there are many more old traditions kept alive with the "Fleischkoere" (meat-examining), the "Umdragt" (procession) and "Kermis" (yearly fair).

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