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Oudewater is a municipality and a town in the Netherlands.HistoryThe origin of the town of Oudewater is obscure and no information has been found concerning the first settlement of citizens. It is also difficult to recover the name of Oudewater. One explanation is that the name is a corruption of old water-meadow. Oudewater was an important border city between Holland and Utrecht. Oudewater (lit. "Old water") was of great strategic importance.The town was granted city rights in 1265 by Hendrik van Vianden, the bishop of Utrecht.Oudewater took place in the First Free States council in Dordrecht on 19 July 1572, Oudewater was one of the twelve cities taking part in the first free convention of the States General in Dordrecht. This was a meeting that laid down the origin of the State of the Netherlands, as we know it now, under the leadership of the House of Orange. This happened at the beginning of the Eighty Years' War (1568–1648) when the Netherlands were still part of the Spanish Empire. After a Siege of Oudewater, the city was conquered by the Spanish on 7 August 1575, and most of its inhabitants were killed, including the family of famous Oudewater native and Protestant theologian Jacobus Arminius (1560-1609).
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Popular things to do in Oudewater

Specialty Museum
Museum de Heksenwaag
Duration: 1h 30 min
Grote- of St.-Michaelskerk Oudewater
Duration: 1h 30 min
Specialty Museum
The Rope museum Oudewater
Duration: 30 minutes

Side trips from Oudewater

Specialty Museum
Kasteel de Haar Haarzuilens
Duration: 4 hours
World heritage site
World Heritage Kinderdijk Kinderdijk
Duration: 2h 30 min
Government Building
Het Oude Stadhuys Gouda Gouda
Duration: 1h 30 min
Religious Site
Sint Janskerk Gouda
Duration: 1h 30 min