"Huissen, that's a different history the Arnhem" Huissen Favorite Tip by Pavlik_NL

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  Rivalling Arnhem and Huissen on old map.
by Pavlik_NL

Favorite thing: Though Huissen is situated just opposit of the river of Arnhem, the history has been completely influenced by Germany. Still, it's looks are quiet Dutch and now-a-days I do not think the people would like to belong to Germany again.
Huissen however was also many times in frontlines. Not only in the medieval times between the Earl of Kleef and the Duke of Gelre, also in the second WorldWar, when the Betuwe was flooded throughout the autumn, winter and spring of 1944/1945. While Arnhem was deserted, Huissen was a kind of guardian over the destroyed provincial capitol. There were quiet a few citizens that fled to Huissen.
The pride in Huissen is often seekd in the fact that the town has five years longer cityrights then it's larger opponent Arnhem. If Arnhem did not relay the bed of the river Rhine in the medieval times, Huissen would have kept on florishing. With the new harbours, Arnhem took over the importance of transporting goods.
On the attached map one can see the borderline right between the towns.

Fondest memory: I spend my childhood in a house that laid against the old "Huissense" dike (Roman) and spend many times in the fields behind it (so actually on Huissen-territory). I saw the new living neighborhoods (Zilverkamp) of this neighbor-town being build out of empty achres and had many friends here.

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  • Written Jan 24, 2003
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