Stadsbierhuis de Waag AD 1478
The Waag is the oldest public house in the Netherlands. For this reason, the Waag therefore listed in the Guinness Book of Records.
Doesburg is a "three countries" city, located on the borders of the Achterhoek, Veluwe and Liemers. The city is situated on the river IJssel and Oude IJssel and manifests itself also as a city on the water. Doesburg is widely known by its restored downtown . The medieval street pattern is still completely intact. Already in 1237 it acquired city rights, 60 years earlier than Amsterdam.
Doesburg has since several centuries Commerce. This is due to the fact that in 1447 she joined the Hanseatic League. This covenant was to protect the city against the many robberies that took place.
Traders had to pay tax on the incoming goods to the city Doesburg. At that time this was done on the basis of the weight. Hence, the need arose for a place where the goods could be weighed. In 1478, De Waag van Doesburg then was put into operation.
The tenant of De Waag also had a monopoly on the sale of foreign beers in town. Certainly at that time - we are talking about the 15th century - beer was the popular drink , because water contained to many germs.
Thus De Waag arose as a combination of venture building and city beerhouse. Workers were given a portion of their wages paid in beer, merchants have closed contracts and their students sang drinking songs while enjoying a jug of beer.
The Waag in this way become the central meeting place of Doesburg. This is actually never really changed during the centuries. During the last five centuries, the building only a welcoming destination had an inn, pub and restaurant.