1507 EB ZAANDAM
A spectacular example of history and beauty
De Beemster is the country’s first and most famous polder: in 1612 a lake was drained and the low lying land was reclaimed. Today it is widely recognised as an exceptional example of town planning, with its well-ordered waterways, geometric structure and ordered settlements.
Things to see and do
This special location is best explored by bicycle. A round trip will take you past De Eenhoorn, one of the grandest of the area’s 350 ‘stolpboerderijen’ – traditional Dutch farmhouses with roofs in the shape of a cheese cover. A former vicarage nearby contains the Betje Wolff Museum, which is devoted to the 18th century Dutch author of novels including ‘The History of Miss Sara Burgerhart’. Cycle routes also guide you through local producers of cheese, fruit and vegetables.
There’s also De Rijp, which has been called ’Holland’s most beautiful village’. Whether you reach it by land or water, you’re sure to agree after a relaxing stroll along its lovely lanes.
Luxury day spa
This secluded spot makes for an indulgent weekend getaway, thanks to luxury day spa, Fort Resort Beemster. The building which was once a defence fort is now a wellness sanctuary with a hotel and restaurant. Packages are available with combine a luxury stay with entry to the spa, massage treatments and gourmet dinners.
How to get to de Beemster
The beauty and tranquillity of this special location can be reached within an hour from Amsterdam. Simply hop on bus 301 or 306 from Amsterdam Central Station.
To make the most of your day exploring, take advantage of the Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket, which offers unlimited travel on buses, trams, trains and metros in the Amsterdam Area for 24 hours for just € 13.50.