From war to liberation in Low Holland

Zaanstad, North Holland, The Netherlands

Cycling route: 557591

based on 9 reviews

Provided by: Bureau Toerisme Laag Holland

62.3 km
03:40 h
1099 kcal
5 m


This cycling event takes place on Liberation Day and it is therefore not surprising that this day is dedicated to the war and liberation in Laag Holland stands. During the event you will be taken on a journey through the war history of the area around Zaandam, Purmerend, the Beemster and't Twiske.

The stories of an old weapons factory
The event starts with a cup of coffee at Taets on the Hembrug site. On this site you will also find the special Hembrug Museum . After the reception we will be given a tour of the monumental buildings of the old arms and ammunition factory on the site. Then it is time to get on your bike and set course for the Twiske nature reserve. We reach this area after cycling for about 9 kilometers. After the special cycling tour through the nature reserve, we cycle further into the historic center of Purmerend via the Melkwegbrug Purmerend . At the Koemarkt we take a break for something tasty at Brownies and Downies. Then we hear a story about the war and take a look at an exhibition about war vehicles.

Forts in the Beemster
From Purmerend we cycle into the vast Beemster. Along the dike you will find the Fort on the Middenweg, the Fort on the Jisperweg and the Fort at Spijkerboor. These forts are part of the Defense Line of Amsterdam , a defense line constructed at the beginning of the 19th century. At Fort Op Spijkerboor we are treated to a delicious lunch in beautiful historic surroundings. This fort is specially opened for us to take a look around.

The Zaanse Schans
We then cross the ring canal with a ferry and then set sail for Wormerveer and Zaandam. Along the way we pass numerous windmills on the Zaanse Schans, such as the De Kat paint mill. The miller of this mill tells more about the function of the mills during the war. The distillers of' Distillery De 2-headed Phoenix' are also ready here with a special drink: Tulip bulb vodka. Then we get on our bikes again, passing the windmills De Bonte Hen, Het Klaverblad, De Os, Het Jonge Schaap and Museum Oliemolen dezoeker. We then cycle along the beautiful Westerwindpad back to the Hembrug site in Zaandam, where we end at Lab44.
Fort to visit-DO NOT USE Parking Bicycle cafe Restaurant Windmill Place of interest Museum Fort Tourist landmark

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Bureau Toerisme Laag Holland

In Laag Holland are the rustic villages of yesteryear. While cycling you will find Dutch history in the beautiful straight polder lines and the protected city and village views. Low Holland is a national landscape. The Defense Line of Amsterdam and the Beemster have been placed on the World Heritage list by UNESCO.

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# Description Distance
Parkeren (Hemkade, 1506 PR, Zaanstad, North Holland, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
Hembrug Museum (Hemkade, Zaanstad, North Holland, The Netherlands) 0.09 km
18 (Kerkbuurt, 1511BD, Oostzaan, North Holland, The Netherlands) 6.10 km
17 (De Noorderlaaik, 1511BX, Oostzaan, North Holland, The Netherlands) 8.05 km
16 (1511GX, Oostzaan, North Holland, The Netherlands) 9.38 km
15 (1127PR, Landsmeer, North Holland, The Netherlands) 12.01 km


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