This route is one of the 42 stages of the Jacob van Lennep experience tour. A tour inspired by the journey that Van Lennep made through the Netherlands with his fellow student Van Hogendorp in 1823. Click here for an overview of all stages.
On Thursday, July 17, Van Lennep and Van Hogendorp will leave for Prussia. There is no carriage available, so Van Lennep arranges a manure cart including tuber for Van Hogendorp and the luggage. He prefers to walk, also because"(...) the tuber was used to trotting\\\". From a distance they see Bentheim Castle lying on a rock. Part of the castle now functions as a museum.
Count Van Hogendorp
At the spa in Bad Bentheim, Van Lennep is told that there is no room. He answers that Count Van Hogendorp is terribly injured in his foot. Suddenly it turns out that there are actually rooms available... It often happens that, when something needs to be done
, the young men rely on their social status. They think that is very normal.
The companions will remain in Bad Bentheim until Monday, July 21. For Van Lennep, the spa seems like an oasis where the reins can be relaxed for a while. His description sometimes reads like a nineteenth-century"On the road\\\". On the last evening, Van Lennep gambled away about a hundred guilders: a fifth of the total budget he had at his disposal for the trip! For Van Hogendorp, staying in Bad Bentheim is hell. His foot heals, but the orthodox Protestant has no interest in the people in the spa and their way of life .