Bent Viscaal takes us on a trip around his hometown of Albergen, in the Netherlands. We take a look at places to visit, sites to see, and of course, the motor racing scene.
WHERE IS YOUR HOMETOWN?
“Albergen, in the lovely area of Twente. It is a very relaxed place and not many people live there. It is well known for its nature and it is great to cycle around. I think a lot of people from all over the Netherlands go there for cycling.
“The thing I like the most about the village is that everybody knows each other because it’s such a small town. It’s so chilled and relaxed. We are very close to Germany as well, so we have a lot of Germans coming over, especially when it’s sunny.”
WHERE SHOULD TOURISTS VISIT?
“In my village, there is the biggest ‘Carnaval’ party in the area. I think it’s one of the biggest in the Netherlands. Considering the village only has around 4,000 inhabitants, there are around 50,000 attending the Carnaval. It’s the highlight of the year in Albergen.
“There is a canal which goes from Germany to Almelo, which is the city of Heracles. The canal is a really nice place to go canoeing, and when it is cold you can go ice-skating there as well, which is really nice.”
WHERE SHOULD PEOPLE EAT AND DRINK?
“There is a bar next to the canal, which is a bit of a hot spot to go and have some hot chocolate. Although, I cannot remember the name.
MOST IMPORTANTLY, WHERE CAN WE GO KARTING?
“The Netherlands is very famous for Motocross. I originally wanted to start Motocross when I was about three, but my mum wouldn’t let me. Motocross is very popular in my village and the whole area. There is a Dutch Championship in my village of autocross as well. Of course, because of Max Verstappen, F1, F2, F3 is getting very popular too, whereas 10 years ago, no one there would really pay attention to F1.”