Cheese market, windmills and polders
Distance: 24 km
The windmills at the Zes Wielen in Alkmaar. Photo © Holland-Cycling.com
This route around Alkmaar shows you typical Dutch polders, canals and windmills. Highlight of the route is the historic centre of Alkmaar, with its cheese market, narrow streets and draw bridges.
At the Zes Wielen you see some fine examples of polder mills, formerly used for pumping excess water out the polders. In Oudorp you cross the canal constructed for one of the most large-scale drainage projects of the 17th century. The route takes you to Koedijk and the Noordhollandsch Kanaal which you follow back into the historic centre of Alkmaar.
Alkmaar Cycle Route
|Distance:||24 km (1h35)|
|Type of route:||Day trip, round trip|
|Starting point:||Alkmaar train station
- Bicycle rental
- Car parking
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