Discover the Veenweide-Wormerroute

  • The Netherlands
  • North Holland
  • Zaanstad
  • 46.05 km (Approximately 02:42 u)
  • Cycling route 564853
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Discover the Veenweide-Wormerroute

  • The Netherlands
  • North Holland
  • Zaanstad
  • 46.05 km (Approximately 02:42 u)
  • Cycling route 564853
This tour takes you through the open landscape of West Waterland. Along the way you can enjoy all that this area has to offer: numerous ditches, damp grasslands and characteristic ribbon villages. You cycle through extensive peat meadow areas such as the Oostzanerveld, the Ilperveld and the Wormer and Jisperveld.

The Zaanse Schans
The cozy heart of Zaandam is the starting point of this route. From here you cycle along the river Zaan to the famous Zaanse Schans. There you can admire a whole collection of windmills and you can also visit Museum Oliemolen dezoeker to dive even deeper into the world of windmills. Another mill that is worth a look inside is paint mill De Kat. This is the only working wind dye mill in the world. Then you cycle through quiet peat meadow areas to Purmerend.

Quiet peat meadow areas
The peat meadow areas around the cities in Waterland are a wonderful place to relax. Enjoy the panoramic view and clear your head. Some of these areas are part of a protected Natura 2000 area. You can spot many meadow birds in these wetland areas. The perfect place for bird watchers.

Directions

# Description Distance
Parkeerplaats | Westzijde Zaandam (1506 EE, Zaanstad, North Holland, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
70
70 (1502AJ, Zaanstad, North Holland, The Netherlands) 0.36 km
71
71 (Oostzijde, 1508EV, Zaanstad, North Holland, The Netherlands) 2.56 km
72
72 (1509AM, Zaanstad, North Holland, The Netherlands) 3.82 km
Museum Oliemolen de Zoeker (Kalverringdijk, 1509BZ, Zaanse Schans, North Holland, The Netherlands) 6.11 km
De Kat (De Kat, 1509BZ, Zaanse Schans, North Holland, The Netherlands) 6.16 km

Sights

Museum Oliemolen de Zoeker

Kalverringdijk
1509BZ Zaanse Schans

Oliemolen dezoeker is a windmill that was built in 1672 in Zaandijk. In 1891 the mill was converted into a paint mill, but ten years later the mill was converted into an oil mill again. After that, cocoa waste was processed with the mill for a while. Until 1968 this mill was located south of the Sluissloot, after which the mill was moved to the Zaanse Schans. The mill had to be lifted at night over the overhead wires of the track. Not an everyday displacement and this event was therefore big news at this time. Aan de Zaan was a place for the mill on the site where the De Wind oil mill used to be. The mill is kept running in the summer on a professional basis. It is the only oil mill still operating regularly and it is also one of the five remaining oil mills in the Zaanstreek.

De Kat

De Kat
1509BZ Zaanse Schans
http://www.allemolens.nl

Paint mill De Kat is the only working wind paint mill in the world. A paint mill was built on this site around 1646, which was later converted into an oil mill. In 1782 the mill went up in flames and after that the mill was rebuilt again. This mill was in use until 1904, after which the mill was partially demolished. In 1960 the mill was partially rebuilt and then De Kat was refitted as a paint mill again. The mill is located between the various mills of the Zaanse Schans, on the water of the Zaan. The first paint mill in this area was built around 1646. More than fifty paint mills used to adorn the Zaanse land. The mill is in operation every day in the summer. Professional millers still make pigments for paint and chalk in this mill using traditional methods.

Molen De Zoeker

De Zoeker
1509BZ Zaanse Schans
http://www.allemolens.nl

The Searcher is an oil mill on Zaanse Schans that was originally built in Zaandijk in 1676. In 1968 the mill was moved to Zaanse Schans.

Molen Het Jonge Schaap

Het Jonge Schaap
1544RW Zaanse Schans
http://www.allemolens.nl

Het Jonge Schaap is a sawmill that was built between 2006 and 2007 in the Zaanse Schans. This mill is a replica of a mill that was built in Zaandam in 1680. The original mill was demolished in 1942. Once in the Zaan region you could find more than a hundred working saw mills in the Bovenkruier, but now Het Jonge Schaap is the only one of its kind. The mill has been operational since the summer of 2007 and the mill will be officially used from September. The crankshaft of the mill has been broken several times, so that the mill could not turn for a while. When the mill is open you can take a look in the middle of the mill for a small fee. You can also watch a film about the construction of Het Jonge Schaap in the building next to the mill and an exhibition about sawmill life under the mill.

Molen De Os (romp/restant)


1544RW Zaanse Schans
http://www.allemolens.nl

Molen De Os is a former oil mill on the Zaanse Schans that was built before 1663. This mill is located between the sawmills 'het Jonge Schaap' and the 'Klaverblad'. De Os is one of the oldest industrial mills in the Zaan region and that says a lot. There are many different mills in this area. The mill was operated on wind power until 1916. In that year the hood, the blades and the scaffolding were removed, after which the mill was only used on engine power. From 1931, De Os was only used as a warehouse. The barns of the mill are now inhabited. The interior of the mill is still there, so the mill can always be restored and used again if needed.

Klaverblad

Wipmolen Het Klaverblad
1544SV Zaanse Schans
http://www.allemolens.nl

The Klaverblad is a small sawmill that was built between 2000 and 2005 on the Zaanse Schans. The owner of the plot of land on which this mill is built has long had the desire to build his own small mill on this spot. From 2000, he made his dream a reality with the help of financing from the BankGiro Loterij. The mill is a hollow post mill with scaffolding on a barn. This mill type had completely disappeared from the Zaan region, but the construction of the Klaverblad brought this mill type back again. In the past, these small wood saw mills were mainly used to earn some money by sawing beams and planks. Wood is still sawn on a voluntary basis with the mill and the mill can also be visited by appointment with the miller. The name of the mill is a reference to the four daughters of the miller couple.

De Bonte Hen

Oliemolen De Bonte Hen
1544SV Zaanse Schans
http://www.allemolens.nl

The De Bonte Hen windmill was built in 1975 as an oil mill. The mill was built on the site where a mill with this name previously stood from 1693 to 1935. This mill was partially demolished and after that the remaining part of the mill and the barn was used as a storage place for years. From 1973 the mill remnant was rebuilt into an oil mill. The oil work was renewed between 1977 and 1979 and after that there was frequent oil beating with the mill. The mill was repaired in 2014 and in 2015 the mill was operational for the first time in months. The mill is still running today and you can buy all kinds of oil products such as linseed oil.

De Koker

De Koker
1531KA Wormerland
http://zaanschemolen.nl/molen/de-koker/

The history of this mill dates back to 1592. Together with other mills, the flour was ground for ship's biscuits and for starches to keep lace collars in shape.

Nekker

Neckermolen
1456BA Wormerland
http://www.allemolens.nl

This mill was built here around the year 1631 to drain the water board Wormer, Jisp and Neck. The mill is assisted in this by an electric pumping station.

Melkwegbrug Purmerend

Melkwegbrug
Purmerend

The Melkweg Bridge in Purmerend crosses the North Holland Canal. This bridge forms the connection between the old center of Purmerend and the new Weidevenne district. This bridge is an extension of the historic connection between Amsterdam and Purmerend. This connection is also called the Milky Way and that immediately explains the name of the bridge. The bridge consists of two parts: one part for cyclists and another part for pedestrians. One part of the bridge is movable, so that ships can easily pass under the bridge. From the high pedestrian area you can enjoy a beautiful view of both the old and the new city. The highest point of the bridge is about 12 meters high.

Het Oostzanerveld


1511 AM Oostzaan

Along the Zaandam-Hoorn railway line, which was built in 1884, and on the bridges in this region you have a view over the Oostzanerveld. This area is part of the Low Holland National Landscape. As part of the Natura 2000 area of Ilperveld, Varkensland, Oostzanerveld and 't Twiske, this unique peat meadow area has been given a protected status. The so-called boating farmers used to go here with their boat to the cows.

Provided by:

Bureau Toerisme Laag Holland