A full day in the countryside of Holland means a full day below sealevel. Over the centuries there have many floods here, changing the contours of this province. Since the last flood in 1916, many new projects started to improve safety. Let’s hope the dikes will withstand the Northsea today!
Cheese and wooden shoes
I will pick you up from your hotel and we will explore the countryside north of Amsterdam. In this part of the province Holland, you can see how the people have been fighting the water for almost 1000 years. You will see dikes, polders and dams everywhere. First stop is the former island of Marken, in the former SoutherSea, nowadays a fresh water lake. The first inhabitants lived on artificial hills, to protect themselves from the water. Next stop is the town of Volendam. We will make a walk through this traditional Dutch fisherman’s village. In an old cheese farm they show us how they still make their own cheese, how wooden shoes were made and of course you can taste some local cheeses.
Windmills and reclaimed land
Now its time to show you my favorite village! One of the best preserved village in the entire area is De Rijp, with its beautifully restored 17th century houses, all bear witness to the style and glory of the past steeped in a long tradition of whaling fleets and herring fishing. The Beemster polder is an absolute miracle. The draining of this lake in 1612 is a shining example of how the Dutch “created” large areas of their country. In Schermerhorn we will visit a waterpumping windmill from 1632! This windmill is closed from November untill end of March. Then we visit the windmills at Zaanse Schans.
Through the polder we will drive back to your hotel.