Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Hanging Kitchens in Appingedam

Picture of the hanging kitchens in Appingedam, Groningen.
The hanging kitchens in Appingedam are not one of the seven wonders of the world but definitely worth seeing, if you are visiting Groningen.

In case you are not familiar with Dutch geography, Groningen is the northeasternmost province of the Netherlands. Appingedam lies at about 30 km to the northeast of the capital city of the province - Groningen.

The town of Appingedam evolved around 1200 on the banks of the Delf waterway, today known as Damsterdiep. Thanks to its favorable location at  the junction of inland waterways and the open access to the see, the town quickly developed into a vibrant shipping and trade center in the late Middle Ages. However, Appingedam was gradually outstripped by nearby Delfzijl and lost its importance as a seaport.

Nowadays, Appingedam is a cute small town. The town center boasts many Medieval buildings. One of the most interesting ones are the houses with kitchens hanging directly over the Damsterdiep.

Picture of the Damsterdiep and the hanging kitchens in Appingedam.
View of the Damsterdiep Waterway and the Hanging Kitchens in Appingedam.

Picture of a bridge over the Damsterdiep in Appingedam, the Netherlands.
Bridge over the Damsterdiep. Appingedam, the Netherlands.

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