Spaarndam, Hansje Brinker.
Fort South, Defense Line of Amsterdam,
Spaarnwoude, Carefree Farm,
North Sea Canal, The Houtrakpolder,
IJmuiden, Haven and 2nd entrance National Park.
It is also nice to cycle to Spaarnwoude. The route can go through Spaarndam, for example. Our fishing village.
And well known for Hansje Brinker (the boy who put his finger in a dike and thus saved the Netherlands… ..) then Spaarnwoude (our recreation area) and back through IJmuiden (delicious fish) Beautiful route. Route map can also be found on route.nl.
You will find on your way 3500 hectares of green cycle paths, nature, nature farm, sheep, cows, etc.
Recreation area Spaarnwoude is a lot of forest, water, old fortresses, organic farms and art objects, eel smokehouse. For more information, see: www.spaarnwoude.nl
Noordzeekanaal is located where the old IJ used to be.
The Houtrakpolder was created when part of the IJ was drained.
In Spaarndam is also Fort South, which is part of the Defense Line of Amsterdam. For more information, see www.fort-zuid.nl (you can also find opening hours).
Information farm Zorgvrij is a farm with cows and sheep. Incl play area for children. However, it is also a visitor center for Spaarnwoude. Great fun for young and old!
Beautiful route. Route map can also be found on route.nl.
The tour can be extended to IJmuiden:
Tough because of the port and industry. With adventurous beaches. With wide dunes full of bunkers and a sea where a huge ship always disappears along the pier on the horizon. With harbors, a huge lock complex and many fishing boats, yachts and ships. Also eat delicious fish here! It couldn’t be fresher.