The municipality of Geertruidenberg includes the villages of Raamsdonksveer and Raamsdonk and the little fortification town Geertruidenberg.
Fortification town Geertruidenberg
Oldest town of the former county of Holland, worth visiting and inviting you to use your imagination. The name of Geertruidenberg originates from the “Mountain of St. Gertrudis”. In reality that mountain was only the highest point of a sand hill. The legend tells that St. Gertrudis in the year 645 founded there a monastery.
Rise and fallIn the year 1213 when Count Willliam I granted city rights, Geertruidenberg became the first city in the county of Holland.
The city became recognized as an important trade center, a place where counts, nobles and representatives of other cities gathered to do their business and promote their interests.
In 1421 the St Elisabets flood brought an end of the trade function but in return the city got the role of border fortress “ gateway” to Holland. The city wall, built in 1319, was, after the capture of the city by the States of Holland, gradually replaced by fortifications by order of the Prince of Holland.
Through betrayal the city fell into Spanish hands in 1589. With his legendary siege Prince Maurits brought Geertruidenberg in 1593 back to the side of Holland. Not until 1813, with the unification of the United Kingdom, did Geertruidenberg belong definitively to the province of Brabant
In Geertruidenberg you can use your imagination: Ramparts and moats remind you of its function of fortification city. The impressive triangular marketplace, surrounded by trained lime trees and beautiful restored houses, gives you an impression of the important former trade function.
Raamsdonksveer and Raamsdonk
Raamsdonk and Raamsdonksveer now and in the past. The village of Raamsdonksveer serves mainly as a regional function due to the flourishing industry, modern facilities and a well equipped shopping center. Raamsdonk has primarily maintained its rural and agricultural character. Here you will find a great number of 19th century long facade farmhouses. The borders of the former municipality of Raamsdonk date back to a medieval parish, where the name “Dunc” first appears in documents. Through the centuries the centers of both villages evolved more clearly. Raamsdonk developed itself mainly into an agricultural village. Raamsdonksveer became more and more a place for fishermen, bargemen and workmen for dikes, polders and willow beds.
The Biesbosch Delta
National Park The Biesbosch This nature area, originating from after the St. Elisabeths flood of 1421, was in the past very important for the development of both Geertruidenberg and Raamsdonksveer. With its 7000 ha. it now is an unique area of nature and recreation. It is nice to enjoy the area with its various landscape of creeks and channels, willows, reed, salting and sandbanks.