Cycling in Zaanstad, North Holland, The Netherlands
Cycling route 232679
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Waterways, two fortresses and the Zaanse Schans as a bouncer: if you want to experience the many faces of the Dutch polder history, this route is in the right place!
You drive through the open landscape in the vicinity of Wormerveer and Zaandam. It is wonderful to cycle here along the course of the Zaan and through the tightly divided polders and capricious peat meadow areas. Along the many waterways there are sometimes lush strips of reed on the banks. You pass through Westzaan, a ribbon village that, together with Oostzaan, is the oldest village in the Zaan region. Part of this picturesque town enjoys a protected village scene. West and East Knollendam once formed one entity: Knollendam. When the dam in the Zaan was cleared in 1632, the current dichotomy arose. Remarkably enough, this dichotomy also affected religious life: in West Knollendam the church community became mainly Mennonite, in East Knollendam Reformed.
In addition to monumental buildings, you will also see a few historic windmills and forts from the Defense Line of Amsterdam in this area. Close to Krommenie you will pass De Woudaap, a polder mill dating from 1651. The Fort at Krommeniedijk dates from 1897, even though it only consisted of earthen walls at the time. The bombproof buildings were built in 1903. Further on you will pass Fort aan den Ham. This fort was built in 1903 to control the newly constructed railway between Amsterdam and Alkmaar. The fort was only manned by Dutch soldiers during the First World War. At the Zaanse Schans you can see De Bleeke Dood, also known as Death. Built in 1656, this flour mill is the oldest standing wooden scaffolding mill in the Netherlands.
You will of course see much more at the Zaanse Schans. Here you drive through an impressive historic industrial landscape. In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, this was the leading industrial area in Europe: nowhere else was there so much industry in such a small area. In and around the Zaanse Schans, the original streetscape has largely been preserved, it is a world-famous landmark. In the nineteenth century the mills were replaced by large factories, warehouses and offices. You can still visit the old buildings of traditional Dutch companies such as Albert Heijn, Verkade and Bruijnzeel.
The route starts and ends at De Koffiezaak in Wormerveer, where you have a beautiful view of the water of the Zaan and the historic industrial buildings of Wormer. In this cozy espresso bar you can drink the best traditional espresso, coffee and tea. And if you have a sweet tooth, have something tasty with it. All drinks are made from completely sustainably grown products. You can also buy various organic coffee and espresso blends and tea varieties.
Below you will find various suggestions for breaks that you can visit during your route. These are divided into different categories, making it easy for you to choose.
This polder mill was built around the year 1651 to drain the polder 't Woud. Later this drained ...
This fort was used as a fortification between 1897 and 1956. The original layout inside the fort has...
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