Jacob van Lennep route, Part 01 (Amsterdam - Purmerend)

Amsterdam, North Holland, The Netherlands

Cycling route: 837432

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47.6 km
02:48 h
839 kcal
12 m


This route is one of the 42 stages of the Jacob van Lennep experience tour. A tour inspired by the trip that Van Lennep made in 1823 with his fellow student Van Hogendorp through the Netherlands. Click here for an overview of all stages.

Travel money
Wednesday, May 28, 1823. Jacob van Lennep walks in the morning through Amsterdam to the Rondeel, the current Hotel de l\\\\'Europe. Here he greets his traveling companion Dirk van Hogendorp. Where young men from the highest circles made a Grand Tour to Italy at the time, Van Lennep and Van Hogendorp go on'inspection\\\' through the Netherlands. Their travel money: 500 guilders per person (about 5000 euros). Donated by their fathers.

Seedy neighborhood
At the IJ, the young men board a boat that takes them to Buiksloot. They watch in awe as many hundreds of workmen are busy with the construction of the Noord-Hollands Kanaal: a connection that is dug by hand. On the current Buiksloterdijk there are still a few houses from that time on the right.
In Zaandam they look at the Tsar Peter House. They continue their journey across the Zaan by boat. According to Van Lennep to avoid a shady neighborhood."However, no criminals lived here, but Catholics\\\", says Geert Mak in the second TV episode. From the water, travelers have a beautiful view of the Zaanse Schans. Where there are still a few windmills today, there were hundreds back then: it was a true industrial area.

Because Van Lennep already has pain in his feet after just one day, he visits a shoemaker in Purmerend to replace his new footwear with high country shoes. The craftsman refers him to a colleague who forwards him to a third shoemaker. Van Lennep is surprised about this:"How few craftsmen (...) in larger towns would send a stranger to one of their colleagues\\\"?\\\"

The crossing over the IJ is free, check this link for the sailing times.

Floor sources
-Jakob van Lennep," The Summer of 1823": part 1, chapter 1.
-Geert Mak, The summer of 1823 as a television series : episode 1 and 2.
-Maya Schepers, The summer of 1823 as a radio series : episode 1.
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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.


# Description Distance
Amsterdam Centraal (Stationsplein, 1012AB, Amsterdam, North Holland, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
Rondeel (Hèt Terras, 1012GC, Amsterdam, North Holland, The Netherlands) 2.60 km
5 (1011AB, Amsterdam, North Holland, The Netherlands) 4.12 km
Nieuwe Stadsherberg (1012AB, Amsterdam, North Holland, The Netherlands) 4.49 km
Het IJ omstreeks 1823 (Steiger 14, 1012AA, Amsterdam, North Holland, The Netherlands) 4.88 km
Buiksloterdijk (1025WD, Amsterdam, North Holland, The Netherlands) 7.92 km


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