Peat Museum, Vriezenveen
August 27, 2016
Veen means peat, and when there's veen in the name of a city or village, you know that once there was peat involved. It's hard to believe now, but large parts of The Netherlands consisted of inaccessible peat and moor, less than a century ago.
The Peatmuseum in Vriezenveen is an outdoor museum, and you can let yourself drive around by a small peattrain. But you can also walk easily, because the area is quite small.
After a demonstration of peat digging, you can visit the house of a peat boss.
In the house there is a small shop where the peat diggers can buy the stuff they need. In the living room there is also a bar, where workers get their wages and can spend it right away on liquor.
(to be continued)