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History of Callantsoog

Het ‘Oog van Kallinge’

Centuries ago a village called Kallinge stood on the site of present-day Callantsoog. Constant floods caused it to turn into an island in 1170. ´´Oog`´ means island in the local dialect and the area became known as Callingen in den Oge which, over the years, eventually became the name we know today; Callantsoog.

The island on which the original village stood lies about 1-2 km from here. Constant flooding in the 12th and 16th centuries meant that the village had to be repeatedly resituated and rebuilt until finally it was built in its present location, where we are now.

The disaster in 1570

The most famous flood was the All Saint’s Flood of 1570. The floodwater was even higher than in the 1953 North Sea Flood disaster in Zeeland. However, the flood didn’t only bring misery; it turned the ground surrounding Callantsoog into prime agricultural land. The fertile land and its location close to the sea made Callantsoog a target for the Vikings and the Watergeuzen (a group of Calvinist insurgents opposed to Spanish rule of the Netherlands around the time of the Eighty Years’ War in the 16th Century). Many words used today in the local dialect have their roots in the old Nordic languages spoken by the Vikings and the Franks, Angles and Saxons also left their footprints here. Callantsoog has a rich history for such a small village.

The Vikings don’t come anymore, but the village is visited by holidaymakers from all over Europe who come to enjoy themselves at the seaside. And rightly so, Callantsoog is a wonderful place!