Waterland

Waterland

Waterland is a unique piece of ‘real’ Holland. In many places here you have the feeling that time has stood still. The picturesque image that many foreigners have of the Netherlands really does exist.

Here you will find rustic villages of olden times, surrounded by vast fields or tucked away behind the dykes of the Ijsselmeer, with picturesque streets, endless greenery, windmills and plenty of water.

Waterland has an unique character, because it is a landscape where time seems to stand still. Typical of this area is the wide vista, where huge skies lean on a low horizon dotted with characteristic ribbon villages that have crouched alongside the glittering dikes for centuries. The wide, open landscape consists mainly of peat-rich water meadows, interrupted at intervals by lower-lying polders. The many archaeological sites, historic waterways and areas of mediaeval strip farming reveal Low Holland’s rich past. In springtime the air is filled with the twittering of meadow and marsh birds. At a thousand years old, the lovely polder village of Zuiderwoude is the oldest village in Waterland. The large pond behind the church (Kerk Ae) is encircled by a picnic area. Holysloot is a small village with a church located on an inner dike. The name Holy is derived from ‘hole’, meaning low-lying or marshy, and not from holy in the religious sense.