Life in Nunspeet: from the past to today

The municipality of Nunspeet has traditionally been an agricultural community. Due to rising population numbers, the labor force in the region increased dramatically. Falling wages and high unemployment resulted. Many moved to the West or to Drenthe. Combating unemployment became increasingly important. A cotton factory and cotton dyeing plant were established in Nunspeet. Municipal afforestation projects helped the unemployed find work. The construction of roads and the railway took Nunspeet out of its isolation. The village centers became attractive to new residents,  artists  and tourists. Want to read more  about the development of the municipality of Nunspeet?


World War II and Remembrance

liberated by the Canadians on April 19, 1945. A memorial service is traditionally held on that day. In 2016 and 2020, a column of historic military vehicles will also drive the Elspeet Memorial Tour. Do you want to know more about what happened during the Second World War?Read more here  and discover all monuments. Remembrance pillars have been placed at the seven ‘crash sites’ in the municipality. Plaques on the columns describe what happened on that spot.Read more…?

The church is still the cornerstone here

In the municipality of Nunspeet, Elspeet in particular is known as a church village. In addition to places such as Staphorst and Urk, Elspeet is known as one of the strongholds of the so-called  Bible  Belt. This is a wide strip that runs from Zeeland to Overijssel. Relatively many religious reformers live in this area. The churches are still crowded. During the holiday season also by like-minded people from other parts of the country. Read more …?


The history of the Municipality of Nunspeet

The municipality of Nunspeet has a fascinating administrative history. Nunspeet has been part of the municipality of Ermelo since before the year 1000. Do you want to know how Nunspeet, Elspeet, Hulshorst and Vierhouten became a municipality together? Then read more about the bailiff, the squires, the Batavian Republic, the French period, the constitutional revisions and municipal redivisions. Learn how in 1972, after a century and a half of tensions, Ermelo was finally split off. This was remarkable. Because it was precisely during that period that municipalities were merged again. Read more…

Stories from the past

The rich history of the municipality of Nunspeet has led to many stories. Some stories are true. Other stories are rather sagas, myths or rumours. But maybe they contain a grain of truth? Would you like to know more about: the saga of the Round House, the special and true story about the hiding camp “Hidden Village” in Vierhouten, the legend of Eibertje, the ancient burial mounds and the stories surrounding the shelter of pale noses?  Then read on .
Would you like to know more about the reception of many Belgian refugees during WWI? Read more here !