Monnickendam, Marken and Broek in Waterland
- North Holland
49.62 km (Approximately 02:55 u)
The Waterland region is a flat region with a beautiful openness, which is ideal for a bike ride. The low-lying peat meadow area, intersected with many ditches and canals, is protected against the intruding water by the Waterlandse Zeedijk. Low quays were built from the twelfth century onwards and gradually increased in height. Despite the dike, Waterland remained a wet and marshy area. Arable farming was almost impossible, so a lot of trade was conducted on the markets with dairy products. Frequently heard dialects and Waterland are Volendams and Markens. The Marken peninsula, which is a protected cityscape, has an erratic history with the surrounding water and the inhabitants have always struggled to protect home and hearth against the water. Mounds were raised and later the houses were even built on stilts. Marken increasingly became a tourist attraction, especially because of the characteristic houses and traditional costumes. Also special is the lighthouse of Marken, named Paard van Marken, which was built around 1700 as a square fire beacon. The white concrete tower with outbuilding is still used as a light signal. The tower is sixteen meters high and was designated a national monument in 1970. Monnickendam is also a nice place to cycle through. This city has many monuments, of which the Speeltoren is the best known. This historic town hall tower has the oldest hand-playable carillon in the Netherlands. A museum has been established in the Speeltoren since 1981, where you can learn more about the history of Monnickendam and Waterland. Would you like to know more about the best kept secrets of Laag Holland? Then surf to www.laagholland.com and be inspired.
|# ||Description ||Distance |
| ||Parkeerplaats (Hemmeland, 1141LC, Waterland, North Holland, The Netherlands) ||0.00 km |
|54 (Waterlandse Zeedijk, 1141KL, Waterland, North Holland, The Netherlands) ||2.31 km |
|53 (Zeedijk, 1153PH, Waterland, North Holland, The Netherlands) ||3.45 km |
|52 (1154PW, Waterland, North Holland, The Netherlands) ||4.50 km |
|51 (Havenbuurt, 1156AL, Waterland, North Holland, The Netherlands) ||9.95 km |
| ||Het Paard van Marken (Waterland, North Holland, The Netherlands) ||12.69 km |
Het Paard van Marken
The Paard van Marken is the lighthouse of Marken. The lighthouse was designed by J. Valk and built in 1839 and is located on the eastern tip of the island. The tower has a height of 16 meters and a light range of 16.7 km. The tower started as a square beacon in 1700. Later buildings were built on the lighthouse, which gave the tower its characteristic shape. In 1814 the tower received a mist bubble. The round tower was built in 1839 on the foundation of the beacon. In 1919, the fog bell was replaced by a fog horn. The lighthouse regularly suffers from drifting ice. In 1971, this was so bad that the tower was pushed a few inches from its place. The lighthouse is currently inhabited and has been listed as a national monument since 1970.