Bootspad route

Hiking in Waterland, North Holland, The Netherlands

Hiking route 177822

Provided by: Bureau Toerisme Laag Holland

9075 189
10.1 km
02:32 h
576 kcal
0 m
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On this route you will get to know the surroundings of Broek in Waterland. You walk along the Broekervaart and through the Varkensland nature reserve. This area is a true paradise for meadow birds. You can spot the black-tailed godwit, redshank, golden plover, reed bunting and reed warbler here.

On to Waterway
You start your walk in the backyard of Amsterdam in the idyllic village of Broek in Waterland. You can recognize this village immediately by the pastel-colored monumental buildings. This oasis of peace a stone's throw from the busy city is a nice place to start your journey. From here you can walk to the hamlet of Het Schouw and the picturesque village of Watergang. Between Watergang and Broek in Waterland you then walk on an old church path. This path used to be used on Sundays by residents of Watergang to walk to Broek in Waterland to attend mass in the church there.

Picturesque Broek in Waterland
You will eventually end your trip back in Broek in Waterland. In the Golden Age, wealthy merchants from Amsterdam settled in this village. They had beautiful houses built here in special colors to show off. 

Practical information
This route is partially inaccessible during the breeding season from March 15 to July 1 (between node 1 and node 75). So pay attention to that before you go to this area for nothing. Furthermore, it is advisable to wear boots or other mud-resistant footwear if the weather is or has been bad. Then it can get soggy here.

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Bureau Toerisme Laag Holland

In Laag Holland are the rustic villages of yesteryear. While cycling you will find Dutch history in the beautiful straight polder lines and the protected city and village views. Low Holland is a national landscape. The Defense Line of Amsterdam and the Beemster have been placed on the World Heritage list by UNESCO.

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# Description Distance
77 (Kerkplein, 1151AH, Waterland, North Holland, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
78 (Havenrak, 1151AG, Waterland, North Holland, The Netherlands) 0.12 km
79 (1151BX, Waterland, North Holland, The Netherlands) 0.34 km
1 (1454AV, Amsterdam, North Holland, The Netherlands) 3.82 km
76 (1151AP, Waterland, North Holland, The Netherlands) 9.85 km
77 (Kerkplein, 1151AH, Waterland, North Holland, The Netherlands) 10.14 km

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  • Waterland, North Holland
  • Amsterdam, North Holland


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