Nowhere has a country been drained as skilfully as in the Netherlands. The polder landscape is therefore regarded as 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 needs to be higher, a fixed, higher water level can be achieved with the help of weirs. In the Anna Paulownapolder, in the town of the same name, the bike tour starts at Cafetaria Ben with a tasty lunch. Of course you 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 windmill Leonide. The windmill looks like a traditional sawmill, but it never had a grinding function. In 2002 the tower mill was built to live in. Apart from the top wheel, the mill does not contain any other parts for the drive. Parts of the Leonide are second-hand; the octagon, for example, comes from 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 landfill 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 features a coat of arms with the swan, from which the mill takes its name. You cross the bulb fields, on your way to the next sight. One bulb field is even more colorful and fragrant than the next. All shades of red, purple, pink, white, yellow and orange create 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 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 for the current one. The fire red color of the tower contrasts brightly with the blue sky. The light house is painted white. The last sight of the bike 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 shine from a distance of 54 kilometers.
|# ||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 |