"A creek in the "Nijmegen empire"" Beek by Pavlik_NL

Beek Travel Guide: 18 reviews and 43 photos

Where the clear water's run downhill

"Beek", it actually means "Creek" in the Dutch language and there's no better name for this village that lays scenecally against the hills of the "Rijk van Nijmegen" (literally "the Nijmegen empire" which is the name of the hilly parts East and South-East of Nijmegen). These hills appeared after the ice from the third ice age pulled back and left pushed up sand humps in these neighborhoods. They steep North rim of them was created through the years that the river Waal (main current of the Rhine in the Netherlands) washed away bit by bit at the foot of the hills. Here's also where the Roman road connected Noviomagus (Nijmegen) and Xanten.

Economics due to a creek ("Beek")

In medieval times people found out that the hills here had natural water supplies within them and made "wells" so little creeks appeared running down the hill. The water was very clean and could be used for laundring linnen and textiles. The water's movement made water mills grind grane and produce paper. A prosporous time started and the village "Beek" grew. The village started to become more worldly with a large church and some hotels (the start of tourism). This last especially appeared after a short period in which this neighborhood was quite popular by some famous Dutch painters that portretted the scenic environment of the foresty hills , seen from the flat "Ooij"polder (see my pages of "Ooij" and "Persingen").

Touristic present days

Now-a-days these "industries" are no more, but tourism is still there. The town is visited frequently by Dutch and German travellers (Germany is only 5 kilometres away). The green natural splendour on top of the hills hold a few attractive surprises, such as the beautiful creek valley and the largest tree within the Netherlands, nicknamed the "Kabouter boom" (the dwarf's tree).

  • Intro Updated Mar 19, 2005
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