Cycle through Old Holland's countryside with windmills

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  • 5 hr

Wet meadows that lie just above, or even below, the water table. A paradise for meadow birds. A farm landscape with long ditches, pollard-willows and cows, turning mills and swaying reed beds. You cycle in a small group on the dikes and look almost beyond the horizon. Welcome to Old Holland's countryside and the oldest industrial area in the Netherlands. This is the place where hundreds of windmills once stood, now only a few remain and you will visit one (outside the touristic area) to see how it is done. You will make a stop at the Old Dutch village "Zaanse Schans" with a cheese tasting and clog making.

Itinerary Details

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Pass By: Zaandam

Zaanstad, the larder of the Netherlands. Anyone opening a pantry in the Netherlands will find cookies, chocolate and salted snacks from Verkade in Zaandam, salad sauce and peanuts from Duyvis in Koog, cocoa powder from Cacao de Zaan in Zaandijk, cornstarch and macaroni from Honig in Koog. A whole pile of articles, 'made in the Zaanstreek'. Good chance that such products were bought in the stores around the corner of the Zaan retail group Albert Heijn.

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Wet meadows that lie just above, or even below, the water table. A paradise for meadow birds. A farm landscape with long ditches, pollard-willows and cows, turning mills and swaying reed beds. You cycle on the dikes and look almost beyond the horizon.

Stop At: Papiermolen De Schoolmeester/moulin a papier De Schoolmeester

The very best paper in the Netherlands, perhaps even in Europe, used to come from the Zaanstreek. It was beautiful white, smooth, excellent for writing and was therefore traded as far away as America. The Zaankanters had invented the secrets behind this quality product themselves. At the last remaining paper windmill in the world you see it for yourself how paper was made at that time. In the weekend this mill is closed. On Saturday we visit a unique saw mill that is operating on Saturday only.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Zaanse Schans

The Zaanse Schans is a unique part of the Netherlands, full of wooden houses, mills, barns and workshops. Look inside the warehouse where clogs are made. The cheese dairy and the various mills are also not to be missed.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Pass By: Zaandam

We take the bike and along the riverside we return back to Zaandam and take the boat to Amsterdam.
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