De Rijp is one of the most picturesque towns of North Holland and undiscovered.
So a real hidden gem located between the Beemster and the Schermer Polders.
The coat of arms of De Rijp shows it’s fishing history of herring and whaling.
The reclamation of the three surrounding lakes brought an end to an open connection with the Zuiderzee.
The townscape is protected and the Town Hall dating from 1630, designed by the water management engineer and villager Jan Adriaanszoon Leeghwater, is most important.
We will drive a scenic countryside route from the Schermer windmills to Beemster Polder, passing the town of De Rijp.