In a characteristic polder landscape, adjacent to the North Holland canal, you'll find villa park "De Rijp". Numerous ditches and canals find their way through the park, towards the North
Holland canal and to the magnificent Alkmaarder lake for quite
a lot of sailing and looking pleasure. The village of De Rijp is situated right next to the park and it is a beautiful and sociable 17th century village. Moreover the park is situated next to the UNESCO World inheritance domain de Beemster.
Around park: 2km
Volendam, the beautiful fishing village at the Ijsselmeer, with its traditional costumes and dresses, as well as music and fish. Little houses in the labyrinth behind the harbor, souvenir shops, which are open seven days a week. Restaurants with a typical Volendam atmosphere, where an important part of the menu consists of fish. Coming right out of the water fresh into your tray.
The fortress at Spijkerboor is the largest fortress in the scaffolding of the city of Amsterdam. Being a part of the scaffolding of Amsterdam, the fortress at Spijkerboor is a world wide recognized culture monument. For this reason it has been placed on the UNESCO- list of world inheritances in 1996.
With its more than 2.500 shops, the Bazaar is Europe's largest indoor market. It's the perfect cheap day trip, even when the weather is bad. More than 50 nationalities are causing the Bazaar to be most international market in the continent. It's a melting pot of different cultures, nationalities, religions and languages. The Bazaar is open from 08.30 o'clock till 18.00 o'clock.
The "Zaanse Schans" is a unique living- and working neighbourhood, full of turning (rotating) wind-mills, ancient (traditional) crafts, special museums and beautiful houses , which are made of green wood. Experience, taste and smell the atmosphere (ambiance) from the eighteenth and nineteenth century.
Under the domes of the UNESCO World-inheritance Fortress at the Nekkerweg a splendid spa/wellness-hotel-restaurant is situated. The combination of the historical elements, the ingenious design, the high-grade technique, the wonderful natural environment of the Beemster polder and the surprising design. are going to make your visit a true and unforgettable event!
Above all Alkmaar is the cheese-town of Holland. During the season (from the first Friday in April up to and including the first Friday in September) a traditional cheese market is being held here on Friday morning from 10.00 o'clock till 12.30 o'clock . The cheeses are being sold by the merchants by means of clapping hands. Next the 400 years old cheese-bearers gild is coming into action to remove the cheese(s) with berries, after the lot (quantity) has been weighed in the "Waag".
Around park: 10km
(The city of) Amsterdam
The city of Amsterdam has many faces. Everybody knows the The city of Amsterdam has many faces. Everybody knows the 165 romantic canals including its 1281 bridges, the more than 600.000 bicycles , the roaring nightlife and the abundant flowers market. But apart from that the city is offering a lot of other sights, excellent shopping possibilities and different exhibitions in 50 museums. Every day you can make a choice out of numerous concerts and theatre performances. Amsterdam has got it all!