Dutch East Indies Company, the first multinational
||Holland’s age-long trading relations with
far-away countries as in the 17 th century when the VOC (United
East Indies Company), the world’s first multinational,
took a monopoly position in world trade manifest themselves
in countless canalside houses and warehouses in small towns
such as Edam, Hoorn, Enkhuizen and cities such as Delft and
town halls, weighhouses, monasteries, courts of almshouses, gateways,
canals, bridges and harbours complete the picture of cities with
a rich history.
The Great Head shows the intimate relationship between the age-old
trading town and the broad streams. On your way to the Deltaworks
you will visit an old port and fortified town with splendid fortified
towers, many times the scene of Holland’s struggle for independence
against the Spaniards. The house with the cannonball shows the same
struggle for independence .In an old town you will find the beautiful
canals with the wharfs.
Gouda’s late Gothic cross basilica, one of the largest in
Europe, shows you the world’s famous stained-glass windows,
the seventy Gouda Glasses.
Delfshaven, founded in 1389, place of departure of the Pilgrimfathers
on the first of August 1620 to America and now protected townscape
knows many historic buildings among others the Pilgrimfather church.
Europe Nostra Award
Amersfoort’s Koppelpoort shows you a combination of water-and
land gate recently completely restored, for which restoration the
city of Amersfoort was awarded the Europe Nostra Award.
Co-founder of New York
In a small former trading town in the east of the Netherlands we
find the house where Kilian van Rensselaer, with Peter Stuyvesant
one of the champions of Dutch colonisation on the mainland of North
America was born. On this route there is also again the possibility
of a combination with a sophisticated hydraulic project or a tour
through the river landscape.