This walk takes us through the beautiful and historical landscape of the Zaanstreek (Zaan region), just north of Amsterdam. If you wish to get an accurate impression of life in Holland in the 17th and 18th centuries this is the place to visit. In the Zaanstreek you will see authentic Dutch houses, windmills, a tinware factory, a cheese and dairy factory and other crafts. The Zaanstreek is probably the oldest surviving industrial area in the world. It flourished in the 17th century, when more than 1000 windmills were built along the river Zaan. The windmills were used to grind spices, process grain, produce paint, saw wood, and make oil. A number of these windmills still exist and can still be visited today.
The walk finishes in the Zaanse Schans. The Zaanse Schans is a unique part of the Netherlands, full of wooden houses, mills, barns and workshops. Many of the Zaanse Schans’ characteristic village houses are now museums, gift shops or workshops while others are still used as private residences. Some of the Zaanse Schans’ remaining windmills are also open to the public and you can visit them at the end of the walk.
The walk starts at the church in the old village Jisp. The oldest house here dates from 1650 A.D.. Jisp has a rich history in the whaling industry in the 17th century. After a stroll through the village, we walk through the grasslands onto the dyke of the ‘Engewormer polder’. Here you can clearly see the varying land- and water levels for which the Netherlands are famous. The marshlands are known for their rich bird life. We will pass through the picturesque hamlet of Bartelsluis, follow the river Zaan for a while and arrive at the Zaanse Schans. From here it’s a short walk to the railway station.
• WHAT IS INCLUDED
Guided walk from Jisp to the Zaanse Schans (guided by Joost). In case of emergency you can reach Joost at: 06 24 93 13 18
• WHAT TO BRING
High waterproof walking boots (the terrain can be wet), rain jacket, camera/ binoculars, something to eat/ drink. We’ll have a lunch break in the middle (food is not included).
• WHERE AND WHEN DO WE MEET
We meet at 11:05AM at the church in Jisp (two minute walk from bus stop “Brandweerkazerne” in Jisp). The bus only stops here once an hour. Please visit https://9292.nl/ for information about trains and buses.
• IMPORTANT TO KNOW
We are leaving at 11.05 from Jisp and we finish around 15.00 in Zaanse Schans. IMPORTANT the start and finish of this walk are different. If you miss this bus to Jisp, we cannot wait for you unfortunately. From the Zaanse Schans where we finish it’s only a 10/15 minute walk to the nearest railway station.
All participants (members and their guests) on any of Nature Connects walks or activities are personally responsible for their own fitness, safety and welfare and must be equipped accordingly. Payments are non-refundable.