The House with Gnomes

‘Huis met de Kabouters’ is home to two gnomes, who are both quite extraordinarily tall – they stand 2 and a half meters!

Local legend says every midnight the ball switches from the hands of one gnome to the other. Others say it happens only on New Year’s Eve, and still others argue it happens only once in a few years, on the 29th of February.

It is unknown why there are gnomes on the facade of this building, but some guess they toss a ball for a reason: the man who commissioned the building was called Van Ballegooijen, and “Ballegooijen” literally means “ball toss”.


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