National Landscape Laag Holland

Old Holland (Laag Holland) is a unique piece of ‘real’ Holland above the North Sea canal. In many places here you have the feeling that time has stood still. The picturesque image that many foreigners have of the Netherlands really does exist − in Old Holland! Here you will find rustic villages of olden times, surrounded by vast fields or tucked away behind the dykes of the Ijsselmeer, with picturesque streets, endless greenery, windmills and plenty of water.

National Landscape

Low, lower, lowest. In Old Holland, man and nature have collaborated to create something of outstanding beauty below sea level. This beauty can be found in the openness of the landscape, the beautiful straight lines, and the views of the protected cities and villages. That is why Old Holland is a National Landscape. It guarantees that we can enjoy this landscape for many more years to come. In other words, no large-scale housing developments, but old windmills, polders (reclaimed land), panoramic views, and space to enjoy the peace and quiet of nature.  

World Heritage

Two of the seven Dutch inscriptions on the World Heritage List of the United Nations cultural organisation, UNESCO, are located in Old Holland. It emphasises the great historical meaning of the region: old, beautiful and unique in the world. The Stelling van Amsterdam (Defence Line of Amsterdam) was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1996, followed in 1999 by the Beemster polder (reclaimed land).

Come and enjoy the scenery

You will want to see all this beauty with your own eyes. More information about Old Holland can be found here. There is enough to see and do. You can come and enjoy beautiful walks, cycle tours and boat trips. If you are not physically fit, many of the tours can be made by car. Don’t forget to bring your camera! You are sure to take some great snapshots to send as a digital postcard. And this you can easily do here.