North Holland, enjoy.

Anna Paulowna, North Holland, The Netherlands

Cycling route: 183122

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72.9 km
04:17 h
1285 kcal
7 m


Nowhere has a country been drained as skilfully as in the Netherlands. The polder landscape is therefore considered typically Dutch; there are about 4000 of them in the Netherlands. The water level is regulated by polder mills, pumping stations or drainage sluices. Where the water has to be higher, weirs can be used to achieve a fixed, higher water level. In the Anna Paulownapolder, in the town of the same name, the cycling tour starts at Cafetaria Ben with a delicious lunch. Of course you can also end the tour here with a nice cold beer on the cozy terrace - a wonderful reward after the effort of the tour! Within a kilometer of the cafeteria you will find mill Leonide. The windmill looks like a traditional sawmill, but has never had a grinding function. In 2002, the tower mill was built for living. Apart from the upper wheel, there are no other parts for the drive in the mill. Parts of the Leonide are second-hand; the octagon, for example, comes from the former polder mill De Zeemeeuw from Uithuizen. Then you cycle to a small meadow mill in Callantsoog. De Zwaan was given its place in 1993 and functions as a collector for the surrounding nature reserve. The seesaw mill, which has a special appearance with its two blades, is a municipal monument. The upper house of the black polder mill bears a coat of arms with a swan, from which the mill takes its name. You cross the bulb fields on your way to the next point of interest. One bulb field is even more colorful and fragrant than the next. All shades of red, purple, pink, white, yellow and orange form a great picture here from spring to autumn. Crocuses, tulips, daffodils and hyacinths can be found in the first months of the warm seasons, while gladioli, dahlias, carnations and asters provide a second sea of color in late summer. On the dike you will come across the Lighthouse of Julianadorp: the Groote Kaap. The tower was completed in 1966 and is 16.8 meters high. In 1985 the tower was replaced by the current one. The fire red color of the tower stands out clearly against the blue sky. The lighthouse is painted white. The last sight of the cycling tour is the Lange Jaap lighthouse in Den Helder. It is the highest lighthouse in the Netherlands (63.45 m) and even the highest cast iron tower in Europe. In 1877 the construction of the red tower started and on April 1, 1878 the ignition of the light was a fact. If you look at the tower at sea, you can still see it shining from a distance of 54 kilometers.
Bicycle cafe Nice walkers Bulb field Lighthouse Windmill Museum Dunes and beach City park Cultural routes Nature Route

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# Description Distance
Cafetaria Ben (1761 BC, Anna Paulowna, North Holland, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
15 (Kerkweg, 1761JD, Anna Paulowna, North Holland, The Netherlands) 0.46 km
Leonide (Leonide, 1761BH, Anna Paulowna, North Holland, The Netherlands) 0.82 km
14 (1757PL, Schagen, North Holland, The Netherlands) 4.57 km
34 (1751LN, Schagen, North Holland, The Netherlands) 7.55 km
36 (1768BZ, Schagen, North Holland, The Netherlands) 12.27 km


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