Oudewater Witches Weighhouse
Witchcraft in Europe
It wasn’t that difficult to accuse someone of practicing witchcraft. A rumor was often enough for those who were superstitious or malicious to accuse innocent people of sorcery. It was much harder however to be cleared of these accusations. From the mid-15th until very late in the 18th century, thousands of innocent people, mostly women, were put to death in Europe.
The Witches Weighhouse in Oudewater became famous for its refusal to participate in the delusions about witchcraft. All of the so-called witches who were ever weighed here were not found to be too light, and were thus not sentenced.
Are you a witch?
Curious whether or not you’re a witch? Take the test! Come to the Museum de Waag in Oudewater and get weighed on the original oak scales dating back to 1482. If you pass the test, you will receive a certificate as proof, just like the ones they used to hand out way back when.
More in the area
Visiting Oudewater brings you in the neighborhood of Cheese Valley. A place in the Netherlands known for its rich history and the production of quintessential Dutch cheese. Be sure to visit the cheese market in Gouda or cycle through one of the scenic routes in the Groene Hart.