We fell in love with Nothern Holland when we went to visit a tiny town called Uitgeest.
On our visit, we cycled around and through the tiny town, then closed off the day with a drink – and a beautiful view, at ‘t Schippersrijk B.V.
What I love about Uitgeest is that it’s quaint, not too busy and the people are super friendly. If you’re looking for a town filled with outdoor-sports, no hustle-and-bustle and be in-touch-with-nature, look no further. Shopping wise, all the necessities are there. As for shopping sprees, my suggestion, venture into Haarlem and/or Alkmaar, both only 15-20 minutes away.
There’s something really special about this little town, I’m not exactly sure if its the cute little houses or just something in the air up North, but I eventually jumped onto Google to satisfy my curiosity and found that this tiny town was hiding a big secret.
Uitgeest is the birthplace of Cornelis Corneliszoon. Now I’m sure you’re wondering, who exactly?
Well, Mr. Corneliszoon (inventor of the wind-powered sawmill) was able to make the conversion of a log into planks, 30 times faster than what it was. That’s pretty impressive for the 1500’s if you think about it!
He went on developing and advancing windmills of which one specifically, Het Juffertjie, advanced into the paltrokmolen (post mill), which played a key role in the economic success of the Dutch Republic in the 17th century.
A man who once called himself a farmer who needed to support a wife and children, became a man who paved new beginnings for his country. His mill turned the Zaan district into the world’s first industrial area – and that’s a big deal.
My Uitgeest Travel Advice:
- Don’t be fooled by the baren looking station – outside, cute farm animals are waiting to greet you.
- Make sure you have transport (i.e. bicycle) – public transport is rather limited.