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Old Holland - Experience the Netherlands of a bygone era: cheese, clogs, traditional dress and eels

  • 10 points
  • 29 km
  • 4.5 hours

Experience the Netherlands of a bygone era and see how people lived, spent their free time and worked. The destinations along this route offer a fascinating insight into Dutch history. Put yourself in the shoes of a true Volendammer, enjoy the unspoiled Dutch landscape and learn how clogs are made. A real taste – sometimes literally – of the past!

This route includes locations you can visit free of charge or at a reduced price with the I amsterdam City Card. You can rent a bike in Monnickendam to travel this route.
 
  • Take bus 312 or 314 to Edam-Hoorn. Exit at stop Bernhardbrug, Monnickendam.
  • Walk left towards the church, past the Jade City Oriental (a Chinese Restaurant). This street is called De Zarken. Follow it around, crossing over the canal to enter the Kerkstraat. At the end of the Kerkstraat, turn left onto Noordeinde. The Ber Koning bike shop is approximately 50 metres further.

  • If you stand facing the Ber Koning shop, head right along Noordeinde to the junction of Kerkstraat/Damsluis. Turn left at the junction to Damsluis, passing the butcher and baker. Turn right at the Niesenoortoorsteeg (a small alley), and when you reach the end, follow the Niesenoort. As this street turns into Weezenland, Het Weeshuis will be on your right.

  • Het Weeshuis

    This former orphanage is now home to a glass atelier, rope maker, and tea shop. 

    09:00 - 16:00
  • Tip: Enjoy a bite of fresh, tasty Dutch cheese along the route: for example, at Henri Willig Kaas or Kaasboerderij de Jacobs Hoeve.
  • Cycle back in the direction of the Ber Koning via the Beestenmarkt. Cross the St. Jacobsbrug and turn right onto Het Zand, then left onto Middendam. This takes you back to Noordeinde and the Ber Koning. Cycle along this road, eventually following the cycle path that bends to the right, until the provincial road (N247) is running parallel to your left. After about 5 minutes, you’ll reach the crossroads at Irene Hoeve. Turn right onto the Hoogedijk. Follow this road for about 20 minutes until you see the Kathammermolen (windmill) on your left.

  • Katwoude Windmill

    Visit a real polder windmill and learn all about its past.

  • Cycle back to the Hoogedijk, turning left and continuing until you reach the Kathammerzeedijk. Turn left, cross over and continue to the roundabout. Take the first exit from the roundabout onto the Heideweg. Continue to the next roundabout and go straight on – the water is now on your left. Follow this path until there is a bridge to your left. Turn right here, into the Adrianus Bleijsstraat. Take the third exit on the left (Cornelis Boldingstraat) and then right again onto the Christiaan van Abkoudestraat. At the next roundabout take the 2nd exit (straight ahead) and turn left onto the bike path via a wooden bridge. This is the Edammerpad. Follow this bike path for about 10 minutes until you reach the Volendammerpad. Continue straight ahead via the Volendammerpad to the Gevangenpoortsteeg. Continue straight ahead – eventually passing the Bult, the Spuistraat and the Prinsenstraat – until you reach the Jan Nieuwenhuizenplein. The Kaaswaag is on your left.

  • The Edam Cheese Weigh House

    How is the world-famous Edam cheese made? Find out and taste it here.

  • Walk your bike back to the Prinsenstraat and visit the Henri Willig Kaas (cheese) shop – just before the small bridge. To the right of the café-restaurant Het Geheim van Edam is the Edams Museum.

  • The Edam Museum

    One of the oldest museums in the Netherlands, where you can find out all about Edam’s fascinating past.

  • From the museum, walk with your bike over de Dam. Once at Edam Town Hall (Raadhuis), cycle towards a white drawbridge. Follow that road until you reach a junction. There, turn right in front of Bakkerij Kaandorp (bakery). Take the next exit on your left to get back on the Volendammerpad. Follow the Volendammerpad and Edammerpad, continuing onwards past where you joined this path earlier. After about 10 minutes, turn right at De Gastheer van Volendam. The Volendams Museum is on the left side of the roundabout.

  • Volendams Museum

    If you’ve ever wanted to take a peek behind the scenes at 19th-century life in Holland, you’re in the right place.

    10:00 - 17:00
  • Cross the Julianaweg and turn left before Sportshop Pier. Cycle straight on for at least 5 minutes – occasionally you can see the football stadium lighting of FC Volendam on your right. Once you’ve passed the houses to your left, carefully cross the road towards the green dyke, where you will be cycling a bit higher. Follow the curve to the right and down the slope. The Smit Bokkum eel smokehouse will now be on your right.

  • Palingrokerij Smit Bokkum

    There are two things Volendam is famous for: smoked eel and traditional Dutch pop music. You can find both at Smit-Bokkum.

    10:00 - 23:00
  • Cycle back to the main path and take a sharp turn to the right. Follow the Zuideinde towards the harbour (haven). Welcome to the Dijk van Volendam. After about 5 minutes or so, Foto de Boer will be on your left, while to your right is the water (the Markermeer).

  • Foto de Boer

    Volendam’s famous photographic studio, where you can transform yourself into a true Volendammer in one of the many costumes.

    09:00 - 18:00
  • The ferry to Marken departs directly opposite Foto de Boer. Purchase your ticket(s) in the small house marked Rederij Volendam-Marken. The cost is €10 per person, including your bike.

  • Volendam-Marken Express

    Experience a unique corner of the Netherlands on the water with the Volendam-Marken Express.

    11:30 - 17:00
  • Tip: Take a fantastic photo of yourself with the Markermeer in the background and post it on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #iamoldholland.
  • After 30 relaxing minutes on the ferry you'll arrive at the harbour in Marken.
  • When disembarking the ferry, head left, then take the first right. Walk your bike along this narrow alleyway called Buurt II. Follow the winding alley until you come to Kets. Here, turn left, and follow Kets until you come to the Buurterstraat. Keep following this road, which eventually becomes the Kerkbuurt. Once you’ve passed the church on your left, the museum will be a minute or so further on your left.

    There are many signposts marked ‘Museum’ from the ferry. You can also follow these signs to reach the Marker Museum.

  • Marker Museum

    A unique insight into this fishing village’s extraordinary history.

  • Walk your bike back to the Kerkbuurt and Buurterstraat, first passing the church. At the crossing with Kets turn left. Follow Kets until Klompenmakerij Marken is on your right. ‘Klompenmakerij’ is also signposted from the museum.

  • Marken clog-makers

    Discover how clogs are made, either by hand or by machine. And maybe take a pair home with you!

    10:00 - 19:45
  • As you leave the Klompenmakerij you’ll see a supermarket (Deen) and a car park across the street to your right. When facing the supermarket, follow the cycle path to the right. This cycle path runs over the Waterlandse Zeedijk alongside the N518 provincial road. Cycle for approximately 30 minutes with the Markermeer on both sides of you. As you look into the distance ahead of you, you can see the tallest buildings of the Amsterdam skyline, such as the Rembrandttoren, A’DAM Toren and the Pontsteiger. To your left you can see the skyline of Almere. Follow the Waterlandse Zeedijk until you’re back in Monnickendam and continue through the town. At the roundabout, continue straight onto the Bernardlaan, which takes you back to the church and the bus stop. Cycle behind the church via De Zarken and the Kerkstraat. At the junction, turn left onto Noordeinde, where, in a few moments, you’ll be back at the Ber Koning to return your bike.

  • Walk back towards the church via the Kerkstraat and De Zarken, then onwards to the bus stop.

  • Take bus 312 or 314 to return to Amsterdam.

Old Holland - Experience the Netherlands of a bygone era: cheese, clogs, traditional dress and eels