Unesco World Heritage Landscapes
Dutch landscapes , especially the peat and seaclay areas , the
dune and riverclay landscapes are worth visiting.The Netherlands
possess landscapes which are unique in the world and according to
Unesco well worth protecting. One of these landscapes, to the north of Amsterdam, was called Amsterdam's Arcadia.
Excavated peat bogs where water and land meet each other give you
a good impression of the typical landscape of legakkers (drying
fields or levees) and petgaten (turf ponds). Here one can really
see that Holland is a waterland.
In Giethoorn, where the habitation amidst an old canalsystem reminds
one of Venice you can see how the inhabitants adjusted themselves
to a watery area.
On a comfortable HollandThe RideWay bicycle you ride through the
most beautiful dunelandscape of the Netherlands, where you can also
see a nature development project and where a magnificent panorama
of a dunelandscape unfolds before your eyes.
Aldous Huxley wrote in 1915: “A tour in Holland is a tour
through the first books of Euclid” This can especially be
seen in North Holland where just north of Amsterdam is the Beemster,
the 17th century, according to the Renaissance views, arranged seaclay
polder, which in December 1999 was added to the Unesco World Heritage
More Pyramids in Holland than in Egypt
typical North Holland cheese-cover farmhouses rise like pyramids
from the flat polderland.
© Wim de Bie, Boerderijenstichting
Noord-Holland "Vrienden van de stolp"
Jetty in cornfield
Of the 20 th century areas of reclaimed land the Noordoostpolder
with the one-time island of Schokland, also on the Unesco World
Heritage list, is strongly recommended. On HollandTheRideWay bicycles
you tour round the whole island during which the now dry harbour
of Schokland will particularly draw your attention.
Land of wide rivers
The Ooypolder, east of the Netherlands’ oldest city Nijmegen
(Noviomagus in the Roman age) gives an excellent impression of a
Dutch riverlandscape. Nature development projects can be seen along
the banks of the big Dutch rivers.
Bellows stopping water
How rivers can be tamed in a sophisticated way is to be seen at
the information centre at a river mouth.