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October 17, 2016

Does Hanging Around Mean You End Up In The Pot?

Filed under: GERMANY,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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The next unusual thing that we see on our way home from our German holiday last year was this building.  The word “hexenketel” means, I think,  ” witches cauldron” but what exactly they are trying to advertise here is beyond me. So if you are a witch looking for your lost cauldron, it’s possible that we may have just found the place it ended up, or where you may need to go to replace it. This place even had our kids wondering what on earth they had just seen.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)



  1. Your are right about the meaning of the word in English, witches cauldron
    However it has also another meaning:
    A place or situation with (lots of) confusion and disorder: a chaos or pandemonium.

    A small correction of the word “heksenketel” It is a with a -k- not -x-.

    I am curious where you took this picture. Because of the way the house is build and the walls are painted I would think it is Germany, however de the name of the house is Dutch.

    If it is Germany you would expect: “Der Hexenkessel”

    Comment by Marie-Jacqueline — October 18, 2016 @ 7:23 pm | Reply

    • Marie-Jacqueline,

      You are completely right, I spelled it with an “x” in my text and I should have spelled it as it is in the sign we saw: with a “k”. 🙂

      Many Thanks for the alternative meaning, it’s one I didn’t know so now I learned something I didn’t know before. The next question is however, If the meaning of the word on the building is the “chaos” one, then why are there little pictures of witches on the building? If the meaning isn’t the “chaos” one, then the witch pictures raise other questions.

      The photograph I took with the ones in this post was for a signpost for the town of “Lanzerath” (therefore: Germany) and I sorted this photo into the folder that contained the ones of this post, but it’s not a whole lot further to the Dutch border so maybe these photos belong with the Dutch ones after all? The other scenario is that the name was put there by Dutch people living in this area of Germany?

      Now I am of course kicking myself that I didn’t better note down the exact location, it’s the one drawback of suffering from bad car sickness, I can’t write anything until the car is standing still.

      Comment by kiwidutch — October 19, 2016 @ 12:06 am | Reply

      • I think I have solved part of the riddle some research “et voila”
        Lanzerath, while sounding German is in fact situated in Belgium, near the German border. It is a very small village and the region is the German speaking part of Belgium.
        Still it doesn’t explain the Dutch name of the house. Msybe it has something to do with the lical folkore. By the way it is a holiday house.

        Comment by Marie-Jacqueline — October 19, 2016 @ 1:29 am | Reply

      • Marie-Jacqueline,

        It’s entirely possible that this is one of the many border regions in Europe that have been rather ” fluid” over the centuries. Maybe it was Dutch a long long time ago, or was in Belgium until more recently but the family there have been essentially Dutch for generations? Who knows?

        I am seriously impressed that you managed to find it on Google Maps, Thank you too for the map… I have learnt so much … from someone else on my own post LOL !!! Thank You !!!

        Comment by kiwidutch — October 22, 2016 @ 9:28 pm | Reply

        • It probably is “fluid” as you call it. These parts saw lots of war and changing through royal alliences marriage etc.nationality.
          I just have to look at the region I live, Middle-Limburg. Through the centuries we were Roman, Spanish, French, German, Austrian, Dutch (and if the in the people would have their way in this region we would have been Belgium as they in 1839, after a short war against the Dutch got their independence and became the indepent state Belgium. Duchy Limburg was torn apart in Dutch Province Limburg and Belgian Limburg.

          Comment by Marie-Jacqueline — October 22, 2016 @ 10:00 pm | Reply

          • Marie-Jacqueline,

            Middle-Limburg has been in the hands of the Spanish and the Austrians at different times? Wow, I need to brush up on my European history!!!
            It’s a fact that because New Zealand is part of the Commonwealth, “history” (outside New Zealand) is based almost solely on British history so we learned about the Victorians, WWI and WWII, The Bounty, The Tudors and a few bits and pieces about the rest of the world Egypt, Inka, Easter Island, US civil war, Greeks, Rome. but seriously little about the timeline of European history.

            I wish I had better concentration so that I could read more because it’s something that I now really miss in my education.

            Comment by kiwidutch — October 29, 2016 @ 12:31 pm | Reply

  2. Couldn’t help myself to do some research!

    On Google streetmap I found the house.
    It is however Hasenvenn nr 9

    But it is just a few meters from Lanzerath.

    The community Büllingen; it consits of, seveal small communities like Lanzerath, Hasenvenn enz.

    Comment by Marie-Jacqueline — October 19, 2016 @ 9:35 pm | Reply

    • Marie-Jacqueline,
      You are amazing… AND you found it on Google street maps too… I AM IMPRESSED!!! It just goes to prove that even just one building can contain a mystery… it gives an insight into how deep the history is in every country: every building and family have their own history and it’s all interlinked in the most intricate and complicated of ways.

      Comment by kiwidutch — October 22, 2016 @ 9:22 pm | Reply

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