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2021-05-22

FLAGSTACK Competition: Volunteers on a virtual world tour - final stop: the Kingdom of the Netherlands - 7 of 10

Our jolly travelling party of 8 Official FLAGSTACK Volunteers are going on their final virtual trip through the Kingdom of the Netherlands and take you on their virtual discovery tour! There are a total of 10 highlights to discover in May, read on to find out what the volunteers are experiencing...

Anything but cheese is this location, which the 8 volunteers report about today... It looks like an open-air museum - but it's not... A trip to the Zaanse Schans north of Amsterdam!

The authentic wooden houses and the beautiful mills give this area the impression of a museum. Far from it, because in the Zaanse Schans live and work ordinary people. They make sure that visitors can experience the industrial revolution for themselves. In the mills and the various workshops, craftsmen still do their work every day. Here, for example, there is the clog maker, the pewter caster, the cheese dairy or one of the artisan mills.

You can see a small grocer's store, a real historical Albert Heijn (from it arose a whole supermarket chain!) and also a bakery. In one of the windmills wood is sawn, in the others spices, oil or flour is ground. Dutch handicrafts are not neglected either. Small exhibitions, sometimes demonstrations, show how Delft porcelain is painted, liqueur distilled and stroop waffles baked. The typical Dutch wooden shoes, the clogs, have their own large barn dedicated to them, and of course there is also a cheese dairy where you can learn how real Dutch cheese is made. By the way, you don't have to worry about going home without a souvenir. The largest part of the museums in the Zaanse Schans is taken up by the sales rooms. Whether Delft porcelain, clogs or cheese, there is plenty of everything and in all variations and designs.

The name Schans reminds of the redoubt of the same name, which was built in 1574 by Diederik Sonoy, a governor under Willem I, Prince of Orange, against the Spanish invaders. In 1928, a mill museum (Zaans Molenmuseum) was established - initially in a residential building.
Between 1961 and 1974, many old buildings from the Zaanstreek were transported to the Zaanse Schans, rebuilt and restored to their original condition. The existing windmills on the site were restored, and others from the Zaanstreek were added. Also in later years, old buildings were placed there again and again.

Many ways lead to the Zaanse Schans: by car, boat, bus or bike you arrive here relaxed to experience a little time travel for one day. Imagine you have clogs on your feet... It's good that you can't stumble virtually - because walking in clogs also requires a little training ;-)

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2021-05-20

FLAGSTACK Competition: Volunteers on a virtual world tour - final stop: the Kingdom of the Netherlands - 6 of 10


Our jolly travelling party of 8 Official FLAGSTACK Volunteers are going on their final virtual trip through the Kingdom of the Netherlands and take you on their virtual discovery tour! There are a total of 10 highlights to discover in May, read on to find out what the volunteers are experiencing...

The intense scent of flowers from Keukenhof is still in your nose... Today we smell a completely different aroma - the scent of the cheese market in Alkmaar!

The cheese market in Alkmaar is the best known of the five Dutch cheese markets, where local farmers have been selling their cheese since the Middle Ages. It takes place weekly on the Waagplein in Alkmaar for centuries, but today it is primarily a tourist event.

From April up to and including September, visitors can watch every Friday from 10 a.m. how the cheese is traded here according to centuries-old tradition. Already in the year 1365, when there was only one weighing pan, the cheese was negotiated on the Waagplein. Early in the morning, the cheese is delivered and the cheese market masters and traders check that the cheese loaves are stacked nicely. Up to 30,000 kilos, or 2,200 loaves lie lined up waiting for buyers.

Other historic cheese markets, which have existed since the Middle Ages, can be found in Edam, Gouda, Hoorn and Woerden. The cheese market in Alkmaar took off considerably during the Dutch Golden Age: in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the Waagplein was enlarged eight times to accommodate the increasing volume of trade.

But what would the cheese market be without the 'kaasdragers', the cheese carriers. But also the 'zetters' (setters), 'ingooiers' (throwers) and 'waagmeesters' (weighers) determine the picture on the market. They belong to a guild with many traditions. In the Middle Ages, it was common for professional groups to join together in so-called guilds. The guild of cheese carriers was founded in 1593 and consists of 30 men and a cheese father. A cheese bearer can hold various positions. The cheese father is the head of the four bodies and can be recognized by his orange hat and cane. He is affectionately called 'Paps' by the cheese bearers.

Traditionally, the men come together on the Friday before Christmas to collect their pay. This consists of five euros "pay" for the cheese carrier, two filled cakes for the mother and for the wife to thank her for keeping her husband's suit spotless white, and white bread with butter and cheese for the children. Scuffles, smoking and alcohol are strictly forbidden in the cheese market. Swearing is also forbidden. Of course, it can happen that once a cheese rolls off the stretcher while being carried, but instead of cursing, the cheese carriers always shout the word 'Uil' (owl)!  And if the cheese father forgets his cane or hat, the cheese carriers call after him, "Father, you're walking naked!"

The bell rings at 10 a.m. to start the cheese market. The negotiation of the price per kilo is still done by 'handshake': when haggling, people slap each other's hands and call out their price loudly. The final handshake seals the sale. After the purchase is agreed, the cheese sold is taken by the cheese carriers on a stretcher to the weigh house for weighing. The weighmaster, a municipal official, watches to make sure the buyer is charged the correct weight. When the cheese is sold and weighed, the cheese carriers carry the loaves across the market to the buyers' carts. The cheese is transported on a wooden stretcher, which hangs between the cheese carriers, and on which there are about 8 loaves of Gouda, each weighing 13.5 kg. Walking with such a heavy stretcher (25 kg), which weighs around 130 kg, requires a lot of practice. The cheese carriers have a special 'triple step' for this; a rehearsed walking rhythm that makes carrying easier. To a certain extent, they avoid walking in step, since this is how the stretcher hangs most steadily. Before the market closes at 1 p.m., the entire square must be 'cheese-free' again, so that all the street cafés can put their chairs back in place.

What a spectacle at a cheese market like this... Golden yellow and tasty greetings are sent to you by the volunteers...
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2021-05-18

FLAGSTACK Competition: Volunteers on a virtual world tour - final stop: the Kingdom of the Netherlands - 5 of 10

Our jolly travelling party of 8 Official FLAGSTACK Volunteers are going on their final virtual trip through the Kingdom of the Netherlands and take you on their virtual discovery tour! There are a total of 10 highlights to discover in May, read on to find out what the volunteers are experiencing...

From the miniature city of Madurodam, the volunteers continue on their virtual journey to other small highlights in large format: to the largest flower park in the world - the Keukenhof!

Tulips from Holland are famous all over the world. If you want to see the Dutch tulip fields in full bloom, you should visit Holland in April and May. Keukenhof can be reached within half an hour from The Hague, Haarlem, Leiden, Delft and Amsterdam. Keukenhof is a park where over 7 million bulbs are planted by hand every year. The gardens and four pavilions show a fantastic collection of: Tulips, Hyacinths, Daffodils, Orchids, Roses, Carnations, Irises, Lilies and many other flowers. You will be overwhelmed by the spectacle of colors and fragrances.

At Keukenhof you are surrounded by flowers everywhere. Spread over various gardens and pavilions you will find millions of tulips and other flowers. Every year the park has a new theme and therefore Keukenhof is always different. It is a unique park in the world, visited by over a million people every year. If you want to visit Keukenhof in real life, please note that the tulips only bloom from mid-March to mid-May. In summer the garden Kasteel Keukenhof is full of 150 different species of flowering dahlias. At the end of August, this is celebrated with the Keukenhof Dahlia Days, where all kinds of activities can be experienced. Until mid-October, the dahlias provide a stunning display of color in the park.

In the 15th century, the area where Keukenhof is located was still unspoiled nature and the property of Jakobäa of Bavaria. The estate was used by her to grow herbs for the castle kitchen. Hence the name Keukenhof (kitchen garden). In 1857, landscape architect Jan David Zocher senior, together with his son Louis Paul, drew up the garden plan for Keukenhof Castle (built in 1642). The English landscape garden he created then still forms the basis of the park today. In 1949, at the suggestion of a group of bulb growers, Keukenhof was established as a spring flower show to give them an opportunity to present their plants. From 1959, the park was also open to the public. In 2004, garden designer Jacqueline van der Kloet began using so-called confetti plantings, breaking up the symmetrical planting patterns previously used.

The 32-hectare park with 2,500 trees in 87 varieties is crossed by 15 kilometers of walking paths and has seven inspiration gardens with garden ideas for visitors. In addition, Keukenhof is also a large sculpture park with 150 works by 50 artists.

Can you smell the flowery greetings from Keukenhof that the volunteers send you?
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2021-05-16

FLAGSTACK Competition: Volunteers on a virtual world tour - final stop: the Kingdom of the Netherlands - 4 of 10

Our jolly travelling party of 8 Official FLAGSTACK Volunteers are going on their final virtual trip through the Kingdom of the Netherlands and take you on their virtual discovery tour! There are a total of 10 highlights to discover in May, read on to find out what the volunteers are experiencing...

From a height, such as 100 meters from the Euromast, the world looks very small... At today's stop, the world is very small: in the miniature city of Madurodam in The Hague!

This is the ideal place to discover what makes Holland so unique. Canal houses, bulb fields, cheese markets, windmills, Peace Palace, Delta Works: the volunteers will find all this in Madurodam.
In just a few hours, the whole of Holland can be discovered here in one of the most visited theme parks.

In Madurodam, the miniatures and their stories come to life. There is much to see, experience and do. In a multimedia way, Madurodam tells the stories behind the miniature buildings and thus also about the history of Holland. In addition, Madurodam is interactive: you can operate the Oosterschelde storm surge barrier yourself, load a cargo ship with containers in the port of Rotterdam, have an airplane take off at Schiphol Airport and bid on a bouquet of flowers at the flower auction. At the indoor attraction De Waterwolf, the volunteers experience what it feels like to fight the water. You'll find a replica of the famous De Cruquius steam pumping station, which allows you to join other visitors in a spectacular show to fight the water and drain the immense Haarlemmermeer.

Through the video screens there is more about the stories behind the buildings that can be seen in Madurodam. For example, did you know how many flowers and bulbs are traded daily in Holland? The 'Madurodammertjes' tell a whole range of Dutch anecdotes, trivia and highlights. Madurodam offers a perfect combination of amusement park, historical heritage and beautiful nature. With over 5,500 miniature trees and 55,000 plants blooming throughout the season, the park is famous for its beautiful, atmospheric grounds.

Since its opening in 1952, Madurodam has been one of the most iconic attractions in all of Holland and is one of the top 5 most visited theme parks in the country. The park is the perfect day trip destination for visitors of all ages - and a great virtual recommendation from Sim1 and Borghuis for our volunteers!

The site, which covers an area of approximately 18,000 square meters, contains more than 300 models of the country's most important buildings, landscapes and technical objects on a scale of 1:25; many are animated. The Maduro family wanted to preserve the memory of their son, Lieutenant George Maduro, who died in the Dachau concentration camp in 1945, by creating the site in 1950 and officially opening it in July 1952.

We leave the volunteers alone for a while in this perfect little world and look forward to the next big story...
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2021-05-14

FLAGSTACK Competition: Volunteers on a virtual world tour - final stop: the Kingdom of the Netherlands - 3 of 10

Our jolly travelling party of 8 Official FLAGSTACK Volunteers are going on their final virtual trip through the Kingdom of the Netherlands and take you on their virtual discovery tour! There are a total of 10 highlights to discover in May, read on to find out what the volunteers are experiencing...

In the travel report about Kinderdijk there was a mini hint about today's destination: Rotterdam! To be more precise, today the volunteers will visit the Euromast...

The Euromast is a lookout built on the occasion of the Floriade 1960 (construction period was from 1958 to 1960). It was designed by the Dutch architect Huig Maaskant with a height of 101 meters and its walls are 30 centimeters thick. An enormous 5,800 tons of concrete were used here.

In 1970, the Euromast was extended to its current total height of 185 meters by adding a mast (the so-called "Space Tower"). A rotating gondola winds up this mast, which is glazed all around ("Euroscoop"). The Euromast was the highest building in the Netherlands for a long time (but has now been significantly overtaken by the Gerbrandy Tower at 361 meters).

At the former top, i.e. at a height of about 100 meters, there is a steel construction - the so-called "Crow's Nest". There is a panorama restaurant there and, since 2004, two additional hotel suites for overnight stays are available at this height.

The volunteers are still pondering a bit whether they should try some of the spectacular actions: How about abseiling down the tower or gliding down from a height of 100 meters at a speed of up to 100 km/h?! Well, who dares what??? A little more harmless but much more strenuous is the quarterly stair run over 589 steps up to the crow's nest...

The way to the top is worthwhile in any case, because you have a beautiful view of the city and the Rotterdam harbor, with a clear view even to the North Sea coast which is still about 30 km away and even to the Belgian city of Antwerp at a distance of 80 km... And of course there is also an elevator that brings visitors comfortably to the top ;-)

Rotterdam is an exciting city... Until the next stop, the volunteers enjoy this city with many faces: a cool port city, trendy nightlife city, chic shopping city and hip artist city.
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2021-05-12

FLAGSTACK Competition: Volunteers on a virtual world tour - final stop: the Kingdom of the Netherlands - 02/10

Our jolly travelling party of 8 Official FLAGSTACK Volunteers are going on their final virtual trip through the Kingdom of the Netherlands and take you on their virtual discovery tour! There are a total of 10 highlights to discover in May, read on to find out what the volunteers are experiencing...

After the Delta Works and the quite modern flood protection systems, today a small town southeast of Rotterdam is on the agenda: Welcome to Kinderdijk!

In the beautiful, water-rich area surrounding Dordrecht, the volunteers will find the windmills of Kinderdijk. 19 enchanting windmills, built around 1740, stand here as part of an extensive water management system to prevent flooding. Today, they are the symbol of water management in Holland and in 1997 UNESCO listed them as World Heritage Sites.

The windmills of Kinderdijk were built to keep the lower lying areas of the Alblasserwaard dry. As an ensemble they form a typical Dutch picture. In addition, the numerous watercourses, dikes, windmills and sluices can also be marveled at here and discover how the Dutch have known how to use water to their advantage for over 1000 years already.

If you visit Kinderdijk not just virtually but in real life, be sure to take a look at the three museum windmills and watch the multiscreen film 'Hulpgemaal De Fabriek'. Explore the area from the water by taking one of the boats along the windmills. The mill workshop will then explain you the operation and also the maintenance of the mills.

There is even a waterbus that connects Dordrecht and the center of Rotterdam with Kinderdijk. And if you are sporty, you can do a round trip on your bike enjoying the view of the beautiful mills and landscapes.
The windmills that can be seen along the way tell the story of these green polder landscapes. For centuries, these mills have kept these areas dry and also fulfilled an important economic function: among other things, they served as sawmills and produced wood for the Dutch shipyards and milled grain for bread and malt wine (for jenever). On this route you can also get to know the variety of different types of mills: round mills, polygonal mills, tilting mills ... Most of them can be visited - some by appointment.

The second Saturday in May is National Mill Day in Holland. The millers do their best to decorate their mills as beautiful as possible with flags and flowers. A miller is available for a guided tour and explains in detail the type of mill you are visiting. You might be asked to help the miller turn the blades. Often fun activities are organized for children, introducing them to the miller's trade in a fun way.

This was a nice traditional stop here in Kinderdijk.... Look forward to the next travel report, we will stay in the vicinity...
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2021-05-10

FLAGSTACK Competition: Volunteers on a virtual world tour - final stop: the Kingdom of the Netherlands - 01/10

Our jolly travelling party of 8 Official FLAGSTACK Volunteers are going on their final virtual trip through the Kingdom of the Netherlands and are just as excited as you are to see what sights Sim1 and Borghuis have picked out. There are a total of 10 highlights to discover in May, read on to find out what the volunteers are experiencing...

It starts quite “modestly” with the Deltaworks, which consist of a total of 13 structures.

The Delta Works are a protection system against floods and storm surges in the Netherlands, with a focus on the province of Zeeland. They protect the southern part of Zuid-Holland province, the western part of Noord-Brabant province and Zeeland province. The individual structures of the Delta Works are geographically separated from each other along several stretches of coastline. This protection system is urgently needed because approximately half of the country is less than one meter above sea level, and a quarter of the country is below sea level.

The reason for this giant project was the flood disaster of 1953, which unfortunately killed 1,835 people and over 200,000 animals in the river delta in the south of the Netherlands when about 150,000 hectares were flooded. It was the largest Dutch storm surge disaster since the Elizabeth Flood of 1421. Awareness grew that immediate action was needed and no more time was to be wasted.
Before this disaster, the required height of the sea dikes was 4.30 meters above Amsterdam level (NAP); under the Delta project, it was clearly set at 7.65 meters above NAP. "This will bring the dikes up to delta level," hence the project name.
To protect the Netherlands against such storm surges in the future, the government established the Delta Commission on 21 February 1953 (about 20 days after the flood disaster), which drafted the Delta Plan by 18 October 1955. The law drafted on this basis ("Deltawet") was passed on 8 May 1958.

The coastline (shore edge to the North Sea) of the Netherlands has changed drastically due to the Delta Works. Measured from the Veerse Gatdam near Vrouwenpolder (Zeeland province) and the Haringvlietdam near Hellevoetsluis (Zuid-Holland province), the coastline - including the islands of Noord-Beveland, Schouwen-Duiveland and Goeree-Overflakkee - was about 355 km. After completion of the Delta works, it is now only about 60 km.
Novel techniques were used for the construction of the delta works. The Oosterschelde and Maeslant storm surge barriers in particular attracted a great deal of international attention. The Delta Works were declared one of the modern wonders of the world by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Even strong water pressure (up to 180 MN) cannot harm the Delta Works, due to their stable and massive construction.

In addition to shortening the coastline, there is the further advantage that the freshwater supply for the landau was secured. Likewise, the construction of the dams was helpful for mobility. Large parts of Zeeland were relatively isolated until the middle of the twentieth century. Also, the implementation of the Delta Works was conducive to shipping traffic. In 1976, the Netherlands and Belgium had concluded an agreement to improve shipping traffic between the ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam. During the construction of the dams, locks and canals on the eastern side of the Delta area, special attention was paid to the conditions of shipping.

The Delta Works consist of the following structures:
Barrage Dutch IJssel (1958); Sand Creek Dam (1960); Veerse Gat Dam (1961); Greveling Dam (1965); Volkerak Dam (1969); Haringvliet Dam (1971); Brouwers Dam (1971); Marquesas Quay (1983); Oosterschelde-Barrage (1986); Oyster Dam (1987); Philips Dam (1987) with rammer locks; Bather Siel (1987); Maeslant barrage (1997); Hartel barrage (1997).

Unfortunately, the volunteers don't have time to visit all parts of the Delta Works and choose probably the most impressive of them all: the Oosterschelde Barrage. You can continue exploring a little more and have a look at all of them...

This highlight really makes you want more to see or sea :-) We'll continue soon, stay tuned and have a good time...
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2021-05-09

FLAGSTACK shows you in May on a virtual trip around the world: the Netherlands!

Hello FLAGHUNTER!

Just as the sun is shining over Central Europe today and spreading really good mood, the FLAGSTACK HeadQuarter (FHQ) is spreading terrific news today:

Welkom in Nederland! Welcome to the Netherlands! Join the Official FLAGSTACK Volunteers on the final stop of the virtual world trip through a small but beautiful kingdom...

Sim1 and Borghuis love their home country and show you, the volunteers and the entire FLAGSTACK community a total of 10 cool highlights - from classic to insider tip, you will find everything here. Be curious about the travel reports that will arrive in your inbox in May!

At the beginning of the month, we're sharing an insider tip: the traditional Dutch recipe for you to try! Sim1 and Borghuis recommend you.... "Snert!"
What exactly is snert? Yep, we also had to read on to understand we have a new recipe for a super tasty pea soup.
Yammi! Read it and get the ingredients right away - you won't have to wait long to cook it yourself :-)

NL-Traditional_Dutch_Split_Pea_Soup.pdf (flagstack.help)

Ingredients? Oh yes, there was something more... You've probably already noticed the first ones on the map. Amazingly, there are a few crazy people in the community who have already treated peas, Rookworst and water to the community. From 10.05.2021 you will find the other necessary ingredients on the FLAGSTACK map! Gather enough water, carrots, peas, potatoes, onions, pork belly bacon and rookworst to make your delicious soup!
Although the sausage and bacon are not vegetarian/vegan, they are virtual like the other ingredients. So also perfect for nutritional / allergenic / dieting / anything else you can think of conscious FLAGHUNTERs to have real fun in May on the last stop of the virtual world trip.... :-)

Want to sponsor some ingredients? Check out the virtual FLAGSTACK supermarket and choose which tidbits you want to treat the community to as a May Jumper:

The virtual "World Tour - Stopover Netherlands" will start on 10.05.2021. Bit by bit you will receive the news with the sights and the Friend Flags.
There are two great tasks and badges for you in May: one for continuously scanning the sights and one for diligently collecting the ingredients.
End of the competitions for the virtual "World Tour - Stopover Netherlands" is 31.05.2021, 23:59, time zone FHQ/Europe/Berlin.

Of course, also in May there's a Corona Survival Kit in the 5th edition for you, so that you are able to flagstack in your homezone in a very relaxed way. This package is a great deal with a discount of 50% compared to the regular prices in the webshop.
You still need more arguments to take a closer look? Discover the contents, you'll get a badge AND a personal 50% voucher for your personal favorites in the webshop....
Just click here, and you will see that we don't have to explain much at all ;-)

Have a good time in the merry month of May. Enjoy the competition, the sun and every single day!
Have fun
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2021-05-01

Team Battle #65 is over now and all 69 teams have achieved great results!

Here is a look at the top 10 of the overall ranking for our statistics fans:

Rank

 

Name

Towers

Country

Fraction

Members

Credits

1

USA Misfits
additional 30,000 credits for the team account

501

5

238,611

2

The Fantastic Five
additional 20,000 credits for the team account

429

5

215,168

3

Tower Power East
additional 10,000 credits for the team account

384

5

169,965

4

Sic Mundus Creatus Est
additional 9,000 credits for the team account

290

5

129,243

5

FlagstackFanatics
additional 8,000 credits for the team account

269

5

119,876

6

Knight Riders
additional 7,000 credits for the team account

239

5

111,721

7

Kent and the Lockdown Flags
additional 6,000 credits for the team account

138

5

97,776

8

Rapunzel 2.0
additional 5,000 credits for the team account

217

5

92,106

9

Tower Power North
additional 4,000 credits for the team account

189

4

84,718

10

Psychos
additional 3,000 credits for the team account

160

5

78,577

And here's the fraction ranking of Team Battle #65, and we're delighted with the great overall performance from all players:

Rank

 

Name

Towers

Teams

Credits

Average

1

The Syndicate of Flag Hunter
each player has won 5,000 credits and the fraction badge

2397

24

1,136,811

47,367

2

The Alliance of Flag Keeper
each player has won 3,000 credits and the fraction badge

2121

26

914,720

35,182

3

The Cartel of Flag Seeker
each player has won 1,000 credits and the fraction badge

782

19

411,774

21,672

All details about the team and fraction rankings can be found with a quick click.

You can find all detailed information about the credit distribution on the official FLAGSTACK help page for Team Battles.

You are enthusiastic about Team Battles, all the excitement and variety and especially about your personal advantages through the great prizes? Than you know what you have to do: Tell all your friends about it and create a new team - or even two - because after a short recovery time the next Team Battle is already in sight - on 05. May 2021 at 0:00 (Timezone Europe / Berlin) the TB #66 starts!

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2021-04-28

FLAGSTACK Virtual World Trip - Stop CZ - 10 of 10

Welcome to the fourth country of the virtual world trip: the Czech Republic! Unbelievable but true - we have already arrived at the last highlight from Lednimedvidek's insider list! Thank you, Lednimedvidek, your tour guiding skills have been convincing all month long and the Official FLAGSTACK Volunteers have sent great reports to the enthusiastic FLAGHUNTERS :-)

After reaching high places at many locations, the virtual trip through the Czech Republic ends with a descent... The volunteers virtually dive into an impressive gorge and an extensive cave system... Welcome to the Macocha and Punkva Cave (Macocha a Punkevní jeskyně)!

Macocha, also called Stepmother Gorge, is a 138.5 m deep collapse doline in the Moravian Karst. The precipice, located in the Vilémovice municipality, has a surface dimension of 174 m × 76 m, making it the deepest gorge in the Czech Republic. Up to the bottom of the debris cone, which is bordered on both sides by two ponds, the quarry has a depth of 187 m. The waters of the underground river Punkva flow through the cone. By the way, the visible watercourse is not the Punkva, but a tributary from the amateur caves, which are the largest cave system in the Czech Republic.

The Macocha can be visited from two platforms at the top. Below, a tour of the Punkva Cave takes you along one of the lakes, which is actually a siphon to an almost 35 km long cave system.

The abyss created by the collapse of a large cave dome is known at least since the 16th century. Nowadays, a part of the caves can be visited with a guided tour. You will not only pass through corridors with breathtaking stalactite decorations and mighty domes, you will even take a ride on motorboats over green deep waters of the underground river Punkva. The trip will be interrupted at one point to visit the Masaryk Dome, which is one of the most beautiful underground spaces in the Moravian Karst.
As huge as the gorge is, the river is a bit different... The small river Punkva is the longest underground river in the Czech Republic, but in total only about 19 km long or short. The catchment area covers 170 km². Only a small part of the river runs on the surface, where it crosses the deep, forested Punkva valley and flows into the Svitava at the edge of Blansko. Further on, the water flows into the Danube and then into the Black Sea.... But the volunteers will not travel that far ;-)

For the best possible variety, from the valley of the Punkva there is the possibility of ascending to the Macocha by means of a small cable car.

Such a versatile highlight includes, of course, a slightly scary legend... According to old folk tradition, it is said that a stepmother lured her little stepson into the forest to hunt for berries in order to get rid of him in favor of her own son. The boy, pushed into the gorge by the stepmother, got caught on a root and was saved. When it became known in the village what had happened, the stepmother jumped into the abyss.

Of course we don't end with such a horror story, but with the prospect of the next destination of the virtual world trip... The volunteers will be invited by Sim1 and Roy to the Netherlands.
Dutch clichés are simple: wooden clogs and delicious cheese... Be excited to see what Simone and Roy will introduce to us beyond these common notions!

Many greetings to the world virtually from the Czech Republic send you the 8 volunteers and the FHQ!
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