4 hours
Duration
25 km
Physicality
Station Koog-Zaandijk
Location

Discover the highlights of the Zaanregion

LOCATION (START) Train station Koog-Zaandijk Statonsplein 1, Koog aan de Zaan
TIME About 4 hours
CLOTHES Wear comfortable clothing
INCLUDED
Guided Biketour A good sandwich at a pleasant location
Distance around 25 km
Coffee or thee
NOT INCLUDED Transportation to station Koog-Zaandijk
Additional consumption
You can use your own bike or I will arrange a rental for 15 euros
An E-bike is possible for 30 euro.

THIS GUIDED BIKETOUR IS AVAILABLE ON DEMAND. The price indicated is per person for a minimum group of 8 persons. For a smaller group the price per person will be higher. Ask for the possibilities.

20160216_105138 voor websiteThis great biking experience starts at the train station Koog-Zaandijk. You can easily park your car at this station. If you reserved bikes or E-bikes, they will be waiting here for you.

Visit one of the most famous highlights of the Netherlands with this tour. We start at Koog aan de Zaan and bike via the Zaanse Schans through the industrial historic roads of the Zaanregion.

 

The rise of the Zaanregion

Up until the 10th century, the Zaanregion was long left to the mercy of the sea. Later, the shores slowly created the turf moor and formed that what is nowadays the Zaanregion. Dykes were erected and around 1440 the first windmills were build. The windmills provided the flour and grain for the increasingly growing population. At the beginning of the 16e century more industry emerged in the region, like cotton bleaching mills. Also, the sailcloth weaving industry and the rusks bakery industry flourished. At the end of the 16e century, the first lumber mill was invented by Cornelis Corneliszoon. The invention led to the booming wood industry in the Zaanregion. What began with a small lumber mill, soon converted into 367 lumber mills in the Zaan region. Yet, the lumber mills were outdated once the steam machine was invented. The Zaanregion became the first real industrial area in the world. Famous companies (those that are now big multinationals), all started here in the Zaanregion, like Albert Heijn (Ahold), Calvé peanut butter, Honig rusks and Verkade chocolates. This biketour takes you through the industrial history of this remarkable and unique region.

You can combine the tour very well with the Waterland Travel Ticket for €10.00 or the Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket of I Amsterdam for €13,50. You can travel 24 hrs through the entire Old Amsterdam Region north of Amsterdam.

 

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