A location with a rich history

Dormio Resort Maastricht is situated at a location with a rich ancient history. Did you know that Maastricht is the only city mentioned in the national anthem the ‘Wilhelmus’? Below the lyrics of the eleventh verse of our national anthem.

The ‘Maastrichtse verse’

Als een Prins op gheseten
Met mijner Heyres cracht,
Van den Tyran vermeten
Heb ick den Slach verwacht,
Die by Maestricht begraven
Bevreesde mijn ghewelt,
Mijn ruyters sach men draven.
Seer moedich door dat Velt.

Translation

Like a prince on a horse have I, Willem van Oranje, and my army awaited the battle against the audacious tyrant, Alva, who, buried near Maastricht, was afraid of my power; they saw my horsemen trot very courageously through the field.


Eighty Years' War
What does this ‘Maastricht verse’ of the national anthem ‘Wilhelmus’ mean? The fact that Maastricht is mentioned in the national anthem finds its origin in the fact that the beginning of the Eighty Years’ War or the Dutch War of Independence can be situated in our regions. No less than three times, the prince tried to cross the river the Maas, to battle the Spanish enemy and to make his way across the Maas to Brussels, the former capital of the Low Countries. The prince and his troops wanted to make their way in 1568 from Troisdorf near Cologne through Wittem in the direction of Belgium, to Brussels. The normal route through the fortified town of Maastricht across the Maasbrug was blocked by the Duke of Alva with his Spanish army. Willem van Oranje was forced to cross the Maas near Stokkem, north of, impregnable to him, the town of Maastricht and to set out in the direction of Eigenbilsen in Belgium while Alva and his troops continued to observe the army of Oranje and literally 'kept him hanging' by avoiding to go into battle. It was a cat and mouse game. The prince hoped that Alva would attack him but he refused to do so. Such an army is amazingly expensive; Willem van Oranje was always lacking money to pay his soldiers. Alva was not; he was sitting ‘like royalty’ on the Dousberg, observing the prince from there and avoiding a military battle. There is a suspicion that the prince would have made his way north of the Dousberg and Oud Caberg through the so-called Lanakerveld. But that has never been proven.

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