Once a prominent trade town, Tiel is one of those largely unknown historic cities in the Netherlands with a tale of its own. It doesn't see too many visitors today, but the old centre still holds monumental buildings from former glory days and is famous for its fruits production. When you're in the Netherlands in May, Tiel is an excellent base to explore the lovely Betuwe orchards in bloom. In September, the city is the stage for the largest free pop music festival in the country: Appelpop, as well as for a flower parade. Although mid-sized, this is the largest city in the Betuwe area.

In the 20th century, Tiel became a major fruit production centre. The city's mascot is still a little boy called Flipje, who looks a whole lot like a raspberry with arms and legs. The figure was used for marketing by a large fruit and jam factory that stopped operations here in the 1990s, but remains the city's mascot. Many locals consider Tiel to be a largely industrial town, but for those prepared to look, there's plenty of older, interesting history around.



Sights and Activities

The many orchards in the region provide a most lovely view in May, when the thousands of fruit trees are in bloom. The sight is an attraction on its own, and best appreciated by a hike or bike trip.

The town itself has a number if historic buildings, several dating back to the 17th century when Tiel was a flourishing town surrounded by city walls. Parts of the walls are still intact, and the Tolhuiswal in the west of town is a good place to see them. Other highlights include:

  • Waterpoort. The original Water Gate originated in 1647 but was destroyed during the final days of WWII. It was entirely rebuilt in 1979. High on the façade is the city's coat of arms, with the words Asylum gentis Batavorum, or Refuge for the Batavi. The Latin memorial plaque originates in 1528, but was initially place on another gate, the Brunense Poort, which was demolished in 1853.
  • Grote Kerk (Sint Maartenskerk), Kerkplein 4. This large, Gothic church was built in the 1420's-1430's. Although repeatedly changed and never entirely finished, it's a large building and used for services until today.



Events and Festivals

Koningsdag (King's Day)

In 2013, the Dutch throne was passed on to King Willem-Alexander and what used to be Koninginnedag (Queen's Day) will from 2014 become Koningsdag (King's Day). The date will be changed to the 27th of April, which is the king's birthday. On this day the streets of almost every sizable town in the country come alive with activity.



Getting There

The A15 passes by here, and the main roads into town are the N84 and the N835. The main Tiel train station has direct sprinter train connections to Geldermalsen and Utrecht, as well as a slower "stop train" connection to Elst and Arnhem. On the secondary station, Tiel Passewaaij, only the train to Utrecht stops. Trains run every half hour.

For most travellers, the train is the most convenient form of public transport when coming here. Nonetheless, Tiel is served by a range of buses, operated mainly by Arriva. They run mostly to and from smaller towns in the area, including line 42 to Druten (from where its possible to change for Nijmegen), 45 to Rhenen and Wageningen and line 46 to Culemborg and Nieuwegein.



Getting Around

Walk your way around the centre, as it's the best way to see the monuments up close. For the surroundings however, a bicycle will allow for further explorations of the orchards and pretty, rural landscapes. You can rent one at Gejo-cycleworld, Lutterveldweg 7, ☎ +31 344 61 30 54. closed on Su&M, Tu/W/F: 9.00-18.00, Th:9.00-21.00, Sa:9.00-17.00. This place rents different kinds of bicycles (e.g. with and without gear). Bikes can be picked up from 8.30 and returned until 17.30. €10 for a day, plus a €50 deposit which will be returned when the bike is back without damage..




There are plenty of places to eat. If you have no reservation, try the Plein, where a bunch of cafés and restaurants are situated.

  • Bij Casper, Korenbeursplein 2a, ☎ +31 344 627959. Nice atmosphere and a good, French and international menu. High quality ingredients and dishes make this place excellent value for money. The staff is helpful and friendly. Starters €9, mains €20.
  • Tokyo Lounge, Kleibergsestraat 6, ☎ +31 344 - 683 777. 17.00-22.00, 7 days a week.. A modernly decorated restaurant, with coloured led-lightning all around. All-you-can-eat sushi and teppanyaki dishes is what most regular customers come here for. It's the best Japanese place in town and it does take-away too. €25 for All you can eat.
  • Brasserie de Smederij, Plein 51, ☎ +31 6 12741970. Tu 11.30-15.00, W-Su 11.30-22.00,. The historic building this restaurant sits in, makes it a lovely place for both lunch and dinner. It serves a wide range of dishes, including simple breads, eggs and soups for lunch, and a more extensive warm menu for the evening. They take pride in their classic fried sole dish (€27.50). Of course you're welcome at other times for coffee and cake, or even a high tea. Lunch from €6, dinner mains €12-27.




There's no nightlife scene to speak of, and locals tend to head elsewhere for a proper night out. Of course, cold drinks and chats can be had in one of the town's cafés. The Plein is the place to go, with outdoor terraces in summer and a number of places to choose from.




Places to stay in or directly around town are hard to come by, due to the limited number of visitors for this city. If you can't find what you're looking for, consider staying in the countryside (where some charming, small scale bed&breakfast are among the best choices) or sleep in nearby Nijmegen, Utrecht or 's Hertogenbosch, where hotels are plentiful.

  • Van der Valk Tiel, Laan van Westroyen 10, ☎ +31 344 62 20 20. One of the few choices in the city itself, this is a standard and adequate hotel in the Van der Valk chain. Rooms aren't all very up to date but otherwise fine. Some, especially the more expensive rooms as well as the lobby, have been upgraded. Staff is friendly and there's an on-site sushi restaurant. Doubles from €70.
  • Hotel Restaurant 't Veerhuis, Veerweg 2, Wamel, ☎ +31 487501254. This quaint hotel lies just across the river Waal, in the village of Wamel (part of Tiel municipality). A passenger ferry connects the village to the city, making it quite convenient to here instead of in the centre, even for those who wish to explore the city. It's also great for trips into the countryside, as they rent out bikes and allow for recharge of electric bicycles. €77.50 for a double.
  • Aan de Linge, Lingeweg 18b, ☎ +31 344 661236. Suited well for outdoor lovers and budget travellers, this place outside town offers camping spots as well as ready to use huts (with private bath and kitchenette) and caravans. It's situated along the river and rents out bikes and canoes. Note that they only accept cash payments. It's a 5 minute walk from the regional Tiel Passewaai station. camp spots €12 for 2 p.p.n, huts €35 per night for 2 persons.



Keep Connected


Internet cafés are not as widespread as you would expect, but you can easily find one in the popular cities. Most hostels, hotels and camp sites have several computers, so you can keep connected with folk at home. Here is a list of internet cafés that could come in handy for travellers. Otherwise, most libraries have lots of computers and prices are around the €2-3 per hour range, although sometimes it can be even more expensive.

Wireless internet access using wifi is becoming more popular and is usually available at most hotels and increasingly at train stations. Also in trains (at least in most first class wagons, but also more and more in second class) and some buses you can use wifi. Finally, places like McDonald's and Starbucks have free wifi, and smaller individual business like cafés and restaurants are on the rise too offering these services. More often than not, these service tend to be free of charge, though there might be a limited time you can use the internet.


See also: International Telephone Calls

The country code for the Netherlands is 31. The outbound international prefix is 00. The general emergency number is 112, like many other countries.
0800 numbers are toll-free and for 09xx numbers are charged at premium rates. Mobile phones have numbers in the 06 range, and calls to cell phones are also priced at higher rates.

From internet cafés, it is also usually possible to make long distance international calls. Like in other countries, telephone booths have almost disappeared, though some are still found around public transport stations, where you can use a few coins to make calls. It is only recommended for local calls.

The cellular phone network in the Netherlands is GSM 900/1800. The main providers of cell phone networks are KPN (Dutch only), T-mobile and Vodafone, who cover the whole country. Other operators, like Hollandsnieuwe, Simyo or Tele2, use one of these 3 networks basically.

It is best to buy a SIM card when in the Netherlands for use in your cellphone, as this usually works out cheaper than using the one from home. If you are planning to study or work in the country and stay for several months, buying a cellphone is the best option. A simple one, sometimes with €10 worth on it, can be bought from around €25. The simplest smartphones are around €75.


The rate for sending a postcard or letter up to 20 grams within the Netherlands is €0.64 (2014). Since 2010 there are stamps available for domestic post which no longer include the value in €. Instead, there are stamps available with either a '1' or a '2' as a substitute for value. The '1' can be used for letters and postcards up to 20 grams, while 20-50 grams require you to use the '2'-valued stamps (or two '1'-valued stamps of course).

Sending items to other EU countries and the rest of the world (there is one price since 2014) will cost €1.05. Stamps are sold at post offices, supermarkets and smaller shops/kiosks; often the place where you buy your postcards can also supply you with stamps.

Sending parcels abroad is more costly. A standard-sized parcel between up to 2 kilograms will cost you €9 for destinations within the EU and €18 (both without Track & Trace) to the rest of the world. Prices with Track & Trace start at €13 and €24.30 respectively. Parcel service is available from major post offices only; standard-size boxes are on sale there as well. For sending parcels, it might be just as competitive and fast to use a company like TNT, UPS or DHL.

If you need to receive mail while moving around, you can have it sent poste restante (to be called for) to a post office of your choice, where it will be kept for a month. If you come to claim it, bring a valid ID, and make sure to have told the sender that the name on the envelope must be an exact match with that in your passport. For addresses of post offices, as well as more information, consult the TNT website.


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