The Troeter trail is a lovely round trip using junction points from the North Holland Hiking Network. The trail runs through the historical centre of the former Zuiderzee-town Monnickendam and through Hemmeland recreational area overlooking the Gouwzee. The walk goes back over the old sea dike and along the south edge of the town. It is 7 km long.
The trail is marked by means of wooden posts with a blue arrow. Dogs are only permitted on a leash.
A term of abuse as nickname.
Over the course of time, the inhabitants of fishing locations along the coast of the IJsselmeer were often given a nickname, usually a term of abuse too. For example, Markers are also called ‘bears’ and Volendammers ‘trousers'. Monnickendammers are known as ‘troeters’. Troet is a sort of porridge that used to be eaten a lot. It was typical poor man’s fare. Nutritious but not particularly tasty. At the beginning of the previous century, poverty prevailed in Monnickendam. Hovels determined the image of the city to a large extent. Many inhabitants worked in fish smokehouses and were dependent on the amount of fish caught. In lean times, there was hardly any work for them. In the Waag, near the harbour, troet was handed out in difficult times.
Description of particulars along the way.
These are listed in alphabetical order on the roadmap.
A. Grote Kerk?
- The tower of the Grote Kerk is an impressive 56 metres. The low Gothic hall church was built between 1400 and 1650.?
- The building with low Gothic building elements at no. 16, is the Orphanage dating back to 1638. It was built from the remains of the Plague House of the Middle Ages that stood on an island to keep the contagious disease at a safe distance.
- On the Middendam you can see the 17th century Waag and on the other side the dam sluice and 18th century lockkeeper’s house. The downstairs area of the Waag used to be open; enormous weighing scales hung there.
- The recreational area of Hemmeland is a peninsula in the Gouwzee. Hemlanden are pieces of land located outside the dikes, which regularly become flooded during a storm. In the 1970s, the open terrain was designed as a recreational area. On a few wet spots, orchids bloom in summer.?
E. ‘t Braakje
- The water ’t Braakje right of the dike, is a centuries old remains of an earlier flood. In the past, Monnickendam was hit several times by flood. The last major flood occurred in 1916. To keep the water outdoors, many front doors were made watertight with tarred rope.
F. Polder Verdeek
- On the other side you can see polder Verdeek. The grasslands are leased to farmers, who take into consideration the grassland birds that breed here every year. The water level is kept high with the help of a small pumping station. The wetland plants and animals benefit from that. In the reeds, the great warbler chirps and along the waterfront, gadwall, shoveler and greylag goose breed.
G. Ooster Ae
- The Ooster Ae area arose in the 1970s. Many houses contain elements taken from the traditional shape of stolp farms and warehouses.
- The moat follows the outline of the old Medieval inner city. The ramparts with city gates and bastions have totally disappeared over time. Only the walls encircling the Jewish cemetery contain stones from the ramparts.
The Troeter trail starts and finishes at Starting Point 7 in Monnickendam and runs past the following alternative points: 30, 29, 27, 79, 28, 82, 81, 80, 32 and 31.
There is sufficient parking available near the starting point.