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The people of the Hindeloopen

20/23

The people of the Hindeloopen

20/23

The people of the Hindeloopen

Our Little World

Just a tiny dot on the map, Hindeloopen is comprised of a mere few streets protected by a meandering dyke.

Even in its heyday, it numbered fewer than two thousand souls. Yet the village was once a major international hub, and the locals−or Hylpers as they like to call themselves−were known far and wide for their cosmopolitanism.

IJsselmeer, Hindeloopen, Friesland | The Netherlands, 2021 Book: Between the Sea and the Sky

Where Deer Once Roamed

Don’t be afraid if you feel something gently brush the soles of your feet if you go swimming in the IJsselmeer in Hindeloopen! It’s probably just an ancient branch of a tree from a forest that was flooded several centuries ago, the remains of which are still rooted in the lakebed today. This ancient forest covered a large part of what is now the IJsselmeer and was once the favourite hunting ground of local princes and earls who’d stalk the deer that lived there in large herds. There were so many deer, in fact, that they are said to have given Hindeloopen its name: hinde means deer in Dutch, and loopen means to walk, run or jump. The forest was apparently the perfect spot for deer to mate. Another legend behind the village’s name is that it comes from a German word for the chicory−Hindlauf−that grew in the marshy ground between the trees before the forest was flooded.

Hindeloopen, Friesland | The Netherlands, 2021 Book: Between the Sea and the Sky

The Hylper shipmasters

The Hylper shipmasters and owners lived in smart houses behind the dyke and the magnificently decorated facades still bear witness to the gold mine that maritime trade once was. Some of the wood they imported remained in Hindeloopen, where local craftsmen transformed it into brightly coloured furniture.

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IJsselmeer, Hindeloopen, Friesland | The Netherlands, 2021
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The people of the Hindeloopen