World Heritage Squared

(17,0 km)
This walking trail takes you through no fewer than two world heritage sites: the Beemster reclamation and the Dutch Water Lines (including the Defense Line of Amsterdam). A unique experience!

Dykes, forts, an inundation sluice, panoramic views over land that has been reclaimed from water, the lowest-lying arboretum in the world, farmhouses and stalls where you can buy the most delicious regional products that the Beemster has in season, directly from the land. You will find it all along this trail.

The connecting routes make it possible to shorten this walking route to a length of 10 or 14 kilometers. The route can be extended to 20 km if you combine the route with the Canal Walk or City Walk through Purmerend.

Reclamation de Beemster
The Beemster in North Holland is a textbook exampl…

Dykes, forts, an inundation sluice, panoramic views over land that has been reclaimed from water, the lowest-lying arboretum in the world, farmhouses and stalls where you can buy the most delicious regional products that the Beemster has in season, directly from the land. You will find it all along this trail.

The connecting routes make it possible to shorten this walking route to a length of 10 or 14 kilometers. The route can be extended to 20 km if you combine the route with the Canal Walk or City Walk through Purmerend.

Reclamation de Beemster
The Beemster in North Holland is a textbook example of how the Dutch have reclaimed large parts of their country. This 17th century polder was set up to convert the threatening inland lake the Beemstermeer into fertile and profitable agricultural land. A sturdy dyke of 42 kilometers long was built around the wild lake and a ring canal was dug around it. Then, 43 windmills started pumping the water out of the lake.

In 1612 De Beemster was fully dry and the layout of the polder could begin. Roads were built, road ditches and plot ditches were dug and farms were built. All this happened according to an orderly and strict geometric pattern. De Beemster owes its fame to this rational subdivision and layout.

Dutch Water Lines (the Defense Line of Amsterdam)
The Defense Line of Amsterdam is a defense line of forts that was built between 1880 and 1914, 15 to 20 kilometers around Amsterdam. Within this ring, the army, the government and the king could withdraw from (possible) attacks on the Netherlands. Through an ingenious system, the land around the defense line could be flooded. Too shallow for boats and too deep for soldiers on foot and cavalry. This made raids more difficult. However, even before construction was completed, the defence line was already obsolete by the advent of the airplane.

During the two world wars, the forts were put in a state of defense. Ultimately, there was never any fighting on the forts. Five forts and an inundation lock of this defense line are located in De Beemster. Some of these fascinating buildings can still be admired in their original state. Other fortresses have been given a new destination, such as the Fort aan de Nekkerweg, which is now a wellness resort.

Since July 2021, UNESCO has placed the Dutch Water Lines on the World Heritage List. The defense lines, the Defense Line of Amsterdam and the New Dutch Water Line, will continue as one World Heritage Site under the name 'Dutch Water Lines'.

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Tourist Transfer Point (TOP) Purmerend

Beemsterburgwal
1441 KB Purmerend
Informatiezuil TOP Purmerend
Tourist Transfer Point (TOP) Purmerend
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Information panel Slot Purmersteijn | Slotplein

Purmerend
17th century painting of Slot Purmersteijn
Information panel Slot Purmersteijn | Slotplein
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Information panel Necker-Poort | Neckerdijk

Purmerend
A painting of the Neckerpoort from 1798
Information panel Necker-Poort | Neckerdijk
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Painted panels

Purmerend
Het Gouw with a few of the panels on the left
Painted panels
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Information panel Postbrug | Herengracht

Purmerend
An old image of the Emmakade with the Postbrug in the background
Information panel Postbrug | Herengracht
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Information panel Bastion | Wolthuissingel

Purmerend
Information panel Bastion | Wolthuissingel
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Koemarkt (Cattle Market)

Koemarkt
Purmerend
Flyer cattle market
Koemarkt (Cattle Market)
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Information panel Kaasmarkt (Cheese Market)

Purmerend
A painting of the Purmerend Cheese Market around 1900
Information panel Kaasmarkt (Cheese Market)
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Oostdijk / Beemsterringvaart | World Heritage Site the Beemster Reclamation

Purmerend
An old-fashioned sailing boat on the Beemsterringvaart
Oostdijk / Beemsterringvaart | World Heritage Site the Beemster Reclamation
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Information panel Buter family

Zuidoostbeemster
A photo of the information panel about the Family Buter
Information panel Buter family
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Fort Benoorden

Kwadijkerweg 2
1461 DW Zuidoostbeemster
The front of fort Benoorden
Fort Benoorden
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Information panel Deutzen-Hofje farm

Middenbeemster
Milk farm Deutzen-Hofje
Information panel Deutzen-Hofje farm
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Fort on the Nekkerweg

Nekkerweg 24
1461 LC Zuidoostbeemster
fort resort Nekkerweg Beemster
Fort on the Nekkerweg
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Rustenhoven

Volgerweg 25
1462 HR Middenbeemster
Rustenhove
Rustenhoven
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Intersection Volgerweg / Middenweg

Middenbeemster
Blossoms and two walkers on the Volgerweg
Intersection Volgerweg / Middenweg
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"De Eenhoorn" farm

Middenweg 195
1462 HM Middenbeemster
Boerderij De Eenhoorn, anno 1682
"De Eenhoorn" farm
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Fort on the Middenweg

Zuiddijk 13
1461 EB Zuidoostbeemster
Beemster, fort aan de Middenweg
Fort on the Middenweg
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Inundatiesluis in Zuidelijke Beemsterringdijk

Inundatiesluis Beemster
Zuiddijk 14
1461 EB Zuidoostbeemster
Inundatiesluis in Zuidelijke Beemsterringdijk
Inundatiesluis in Zuidelijke Beemsterringdijk
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Information panel 'Water Against the Enemy'

Zuidoostbeemster
Information panel 'Water Against the Enemy'
Information panel 'Water Against the Enemy'
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Information panel "Beemster War Memories"

Zuidoostbeemster
A photo from World War II, after the Germans flooded the Beemster.
Information panel "Beemster War Memories"
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Information panel Beemster-Poort | Beemsterburgwal

Purmerend
Beemster Poort
Information panel Beemster-Poort | Beemsterburgwal
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Information panel "remarkable house"

Zuidoostbeemster
The house seen from the front
Information panel "remarkable house"
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Information panel "Mariënheuvel"

Zuidoostbeemster
The Mariënheuvel estate in De Beemster
Information panel "Mariënheuvel"
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Information panel "wooden house"

Zuidoostbeemster
The Wooden House on the Nekkerweg
Information panel "wooden house"
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Beemster Arboretum

Nekkerweg 67 a
1461 LE Zuidoostbeemster
Beemster Arboretum
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Tourist Transfer Point (TOP) Purmerend

Beemsterburgwal
1441 KB Purmerend
Informatiezuil TOP Purmerend
Tourist Transfer Point (TOP) Purmerend
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