Winter on its way

Winter (or shall we say a prolonged Autumn) is definitely on its way, with leaves turning from yellow into brown and most tress losing their foliage. From now until the end of April viewers will be able to see most of the park and its playgrounds, with a hilly part at the far end. It's been a long time since we've had some serious snowfall in Hilversum, but we haven't given up hope of seeing the park at its fairy-tale best with all the kids playing around. For now you'll have to do with locals walking their dog, or children and adults playing or excercising in some sort of way.

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Hilversum is a town with a population of 80.000, just 40 km Southeast of Amsterdam. The town is often called "media city", since it is the principal centre for radio and television broadcasting in The Netherland. The webcam above faces East side of the Zeverijn Park, which originates from the days when the Gooi region was still densely wooded. Centuries ago, it bordered on vast marshes, extending from the town of Loosdrecht through ’s-Graveland, all the way to Naarden. Later, properties were bought and cultivated by rich gentry (mostly from Amsterdam but also from as far away as Germany), who built large country estates on them. In those days, the Zeverijn Park was part of the Birkenheuvel estate. Today it is a public leisure park, including a children's playground, soccer field and (sadly enough) even a snackbar. All these are only visible in the winter when the trees have lost their leaves.