Amsterdam Waterland

Walking or biking through Amsterdam Waterland is a remarkable experience in all weather.


This flat polder landscape throws up moments that feel lost in time, as you encounter expansive fields and traditional Dutch farmers going about their everyday lives, as well as their old-style stolpboerderijen – farmhouses with unmistakable pyramid roofs. Whereas in past centuries people here fought hard against the water to protect their livelihoods, now the lush green polders of Het Land van Leeghwater are protected by kilometres of dikes and pumping stations, allowing picturesque villages such as Broek in Waterland to blossom and the region to become a hotspot for outdoor activities on land and water.

Two of the seven Dutch inscriptions on UNESCO's World Heritage List are in this area: the Amsterdam Defence Line was added to the list in 1996, followed in 1999 by the Beemster Polder (reclaimed land).

Start your bike tour of Old Holland at Amsterdam Central Station with these easy to follow self-guided tours: The Golden Triangle TrailWater TrailTwiske Trail.

Waterland areas