Walk East and Westgraftdijk

  • The Netherlands
  • North Holland
  • Alkmaar
  • 10.14 km (Approximately 02:32 u)
  • Hiking route 754513
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Walk East and Westgraftdijk

  • The Netherlands
  • North Holland
  • Alkmaar
  • 10.14 km (Approximately 02:32 u)
  • Hiking route 754513
Get to know the water-rich polders around East and Westgraftdijk with this walk. Along the way you can relax in this quiet area and you will also find many interesting sights here.

Fishing village De Rijp
You start this walk on the edge of the former fishing village of De Rijp. Between the 17th and 19th century, De Rijp was very prosperous due to whaling and herring fishing. Later that industry moved to other cities in North Holland. At the start of the route you can take a look at the Museum Jan Boon "Het Walhuis", Town Hall De Rijp and the Grote Kerk De Rijp. Here you will discover some traces of the rich history of the village. Furthermore, in De Rijp you can also settle down at Het Wapen van Munster for a snack and a drink. Then you can then hit the road full of energy.

On foot through the polders
Through the polders you set course to Oost-Graftdijk, West-Graftdijk and back to the Rijp. You walk along the polder Kamerhop, which was drained in 1643.

A historic dislike loft
You will find a workers' house on the edge of Oost-Graftdijk. This is one of the few completely wooden houses on the former Schermereiland. In the so-called hating shed behind the house, hemp used to be divided and bundled into bushes. It is the only historically disliked loft that can still be found here.

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Sights

Hekelhok

42
1487 MC Alkmaar

This workers' house from 1877 is one of the few completely wooden houses on the former Schermereiland. Jannetje Heertjes was the last occupant of the house. Behind the house is the island's only remaining hating pen, which used to be used to hate hemp.

Museum Jan Boon "Het Walhuis"

Museum Jan Boon - 'Het Walhuis' 148
1483 BG Alkmaar

This museum in the Walhuis in De Rijp is dedicated to Jan Boon, the last shipowner of de Rijp. He was mainly engaged in fishing. You will find a small exhibition with archive documents of Jan Boon.

Raadhuis De Rijp

Restaurant Oudejans 1
Alkmaar
http://www.raadhuisderijp.nl

The former fishing village De Rijp still has the atmosphere of the 17th century. At that time the village was flourishing due to the herring fishing and whaling. The beautiful town hall was designed by Jan Adriaanszn. Leeghwater, the drainer of the Beemster and the Purmer, and dates from the year 1630. In the night of 6 to 7 January 1654, a gigantic fire broke out in De Rijp. The entire village burned down, but this town hall miraculously survived the sea of flames as one of the few buildings of that time. The beautiful details on the facade and the spaces inside the town hall exude the atmosphere of those days long gone and enormous wealth. On the ground floor of this town hall there is a weighing facility (De Waag), where cattle and products from agriculture and industry were weighed in the past. An original 17th century Jan van der Heyden fire engine is also on display here. You can only visit this house with a guide.

Grote Kerk De Rijp

Grote Dam
1483 BJ Alkmaar

This stone church was built here in 1529. A wooden chapel could already be found here in the fifteenth century, so this place has had the same function for a very long time.

Provided by:

Bureau Toerisme Laag Holland