HollandTheRideWay can show you some fine examples of the old trades
and crafts which, it's true , are often practised in an industrial
or museological entourage, but therefore no less interesting.
Little Edam cheese
In the Cheese museum you can see how the production of the small
round world-famous cheeses took place. Cheesefarms where many different
kinds of farm cheese are made can also be visited.
Visits to clog-making shops, where traditional Dutch wooden shoes
are made, are also included in our programme.
Delft Blue earthenware
Delft, in one of Holland’s best preserved historic town-centres,
you can very well combine a walk along the old canals with a visit
to a Delft Blue pottery with handpainted Delftware or to the Tile
In the northern part of Holland some ceramics potteries, one of
them existing since 1594 , show you various uses of the hand-made
and hand painted tiles and the famous majolica-technique by which
the tiles get a deep and radiant effect.
Also enamelled bricks and roof tiles can be seen there.
The art of silversmith
In a little picturesque town in the green heart of Holland you
can see the silversmith working in his work-shop and the tinsmith
in a little town on the river Meuse shows you his collection of
more than 600 pewter (tinware) products.
Jenever distillation process
In the unofficial jenever capital of Holland you can see the whole
distillation process carried out just as it used to be around 1880
when there were 392 distilleries.
Building 17th century trading vessels
Holland’s glorious maritime past is brought to life again
at the Batavia shipyard by building VOC ships, first the Batavia
of 1628 which caused a sensation during the Olympic games of 2000
in Sydney, and now the Zeven Provincien, the proud flagship of admiral
Michiel de Ruyter.
As a visitor you can see the work of the carpenters at close distance
and even feel the hardness of the wood yourself.
The completely preserved sawmillcomplex has a historical mill-yard,
consisting of the sawmill , a shed for wood-drying ,a house for
the miller and a sawmill pond. It is a beautifully restored national
monument where tree trunks have been sawn into beams and planks
for the past three hundred years.
Glassworkshops where amongst other things the production of stained-glass,
sandblasted glass and glass appliqué can be seen are also
on the HollandTheRideWay programme.
complete collection of marzipan moulds awaits you in the Bakery
museum where you are shown all the aspects of the baker’s
trade according to traditional methods.
The Frisian Aldfears Erf Route (Agricultural Heritage) shows you
mainly agricultural handicraft.