This route starts from TOP Schiedam
Schiedam is a city with a rich history. Originated as a settlement in the 13th century by the construction of a dam near the mouth of the Schie to protect the polder land against the sea. Schiedam is best known for its jenever, the historic city center with ports, and the tallest windmills in the world.
Schiedam is also closely connected to the peat meadow area of Midden-Delfland through the Poldervaart, which was constructed for the drainage of the area. The interesting walking and cycling routes allow you to discover the historic city and the surrounding countryside.
Tip 1. Beatrix Park
The Beatrixpark, located on the Medieval Poldervaart, is a large city park of 20 km2 that extends from the center of Schiedam to the peat meadow area of Midden-Delfland. This park has a botanical garden, a petting zoo and Fort Drakensteijn, a special playground that is also suitable for children with disabilities.
Tip 2. Jenever Museum
In the center of Schiedam, the signs from the heyday (18th century) of the jenever industry can still be clearly seen: mills, distilleries and warehouses along the Lange Haven. The mills ground malted grain for the roasters, who distilled malt wine for the jenever industry. The waste product (rinsing) of the jenever distillate has been transported for centuries to the farms in the polders around the city to be used as animal feed.
More information: Jenevermuseum Address: De Lange Haven 74-76, Schiedam. Internet: www.jenevermuseum.nl
Tip 3. Villages of Kethel and Kerkbuurt
The former villages of Kethel and Kerkbuurt have since been swallowed up by the city, but the rural character has largely been preserved. The old core of Kethel is located around the village church from the 13th century and has the status of a protected townscape. In Kethelpark there are various nature educational facilities, including the Groene Raat with model gardens and De Boshoek with dioramas with different animals. Address de Groene Raat: Harreweg 19, Schiedam Address De Boshoek: Bospad 3, Schiedam. Internet: www.natuurcentrumdeboshoek.nl
Tip 4. Boerenlandpad Midden-Delfland
Midden-Delfland is a classic open peat meadow area with monumental farms and villages with ribbon development. You can have a picnic there and for children there is the play polder along the Harreweg. A farmland path runs near Woudweg 24. Outside the breeding season (15/03-15/06) you can walk through the open meadow area. Along the way you can see meadow birds foraging along the ditches and you may encounter the sheep herd of the agricultural nature association Vockestaert along the southern edge.
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