Explore Alkmaar on foot

  • The Netherlands
  • North Holland
  • Alkmaar
  • 2.96 km (Approximately 00:44 u)
  • Hiking route 213299

Explore Alkmaar on foot

  • The Netherlands
  • North Holland
  • Alkmaar
  • 2.96 km (Approximately 00:44 u)
  • Hiking route 213299

Alkmaar is known as a real Dutch cheese city, but it has more to offer. The historic city center, for example, where no fewer than 399 national monuments are located. This walk leads you through a part of this monumental and cozy center.

The route is short, but could take a long time. Not only because you want to take the time to admire the many monumental buildings, but also because you will pass a number of nice museums. Such as the Beatles Museum, where you will find the largest private collection about this popular group. Where the museum owner started out in a living room, he now has more than 1,500 square meters at his disposal to display unique items about the Liverpool Fab Four. No Beatles museum can compete with the items on display here.   

On the Houttil you pass a seventeenth-century building that once housed the former De Boom brewery. Now you will find the Dutch Beer Museum De Boom here. Here you will gain insight into the history of beer and the ancient brewing process. For example, pure dune water in barrels was sent to the Alkmaar breweries for the beer. The canal water was not suitable for this, as people used it to relieve themselves.

On the Voordam you walk over a former dike that was built in the fifteenth century to expand Alkmaar. On the Clarissenbolwerk you pass the Molen van Piet, a flour mill dating from 1769. In 1884 the mill, originally called Molen de Groot, was bought by Cornelis Piet. The mill is still in the possession of this family.

On the church square you walk past the monumental Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk. This church from the sixteenth century was built on the spot where, according to a first mention, a wooden church already stood in the tenth century.

Directions

# Description Distance
Nederlands Biermuseum De Boom (Houttil, 1811LX, Alkmaar, North Holland, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
Molen van Piet (1811 DP, Alkmaar, North Holland, The Netherlands) 1.67 km
Nederlands Biermuseum De Boom (Houttil, 1811LX, Alkmaar, North Holland, The Netherlands) 2.96 km

Sights

Nederlands Biermuseum De Boom

Houttil
1811LX Alkmaar

Molen van Piet


1811 DP Alkmaar
http://www.molenvanpiet.nl/

In the middle of Alkmaar you will find the Molen van Piet. This tower mill was built in 1769 and from then on the mill served as a flour mill for centuries. Since 1993 that function has been discontinued. Now the blades only turn 'for the prince'. From a formal point of view, the name of this mill is 'De Groot', but the windmill is never actually referred to as such. The name 'Molen van Piet' refers to Cornelis Piet, a miller who had the lower floors of the mill converted into a house in 1884.

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