The Pittoresque and Historically Important Countryside North of Amsterdam

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Activity Level



Shore Excursion, Local Experience, First Time Visitor, Day Trip / Out of Town


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: Yes.

Maximum travelers: 7



Dutch (fluent), English (fluent)

Discover remains of whale hunting, reclaimed land, and modern agriculture

The area north of Amsterdam gives the feeling of a forgotten rural area. In the 17th century this was a prosperous area with rich cities. Enjoy the flat countryside, where dykes are the only hills and where most of the land is below sea level.

Reclaiming land started here. De Beemster lake was the first lake to reclaim. In between 1609 and 1612 the lake of De Beemster changed into a beautiful landscape that lies 3. 5 meters below sea level. De Beemster was put on the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites in 1999.

De Rijp is a historical village at the side of De Beemster. Before the Beemster lake was pumped dry, De Rijp was known for its fishing industry, both for herring and for whales and experienced enormous growth. The town is famous for its characteristic Dutch renaissance style buildings.

The draining of the Beemster and other lakes in the area was bad news for De Rijp, but good for agriculture. The blue clay underneath was fertile. It gave farmers high yields. The cheese making industry came up.


We will drive to the flat countryside north of Amsterdam. We will stop at a windmill museum, where the miller will explain what he is doing. We will take some smaller roads around De Beemster polder and stop the car at the Rijp to make a small walking tour here.

De Rijp is a beautiful small old town with a glorious past. Somewhere on the way we will stop for lunch. In the afternoon we could visit a cheese farm and / or make a boat tour in the wetlands around De Rijp.

The program is flexible and I can always adjust it to your wishes.
Good weather is not included. Be prepared for rain, wind and cold weather. In the months of March and April, even gloves are sometimes needed.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: I will meet you at your hotel or cruise terminal or any place in or near Amsterdam. I can also pick you up at Schiphol Amsterdam Airport.

End location: I will bring you back to our hotel or cruise terminal. I can also drop you of at Schiphol Amsterdam Airport.

Duration: 8 hours


Private rental luxury car with enough space for all of you.

What’s Included

My time and service as your private guide
Private rented car, full day excursion
Entrance ticket to the Windmill museum
Visit to a cheese farm included ticket
Boat tour in the wetlands around de Rijp

Estimated Local Cash Needed

30 Euro - For lunch and refreshment

What’s Extra

Food and drinks are not included


@Museums. I do not guide inside. They have written information, audio-guides or professional guides available for you.
@Languages. I can guide in English and Netherlands. In the other languages listed, I do have basic understanding.

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