‘Between cheese and cabbage’ – Experience Alkmaar and the life of a tuinde
On board you are welcomed with 2 x coffee, tea or lemonade
At Graft you transfer onto the Oldtimer bus which brings you to the hart of the old Whale Villages of Graft. While the Oldtimer bus is waiting for you, you take a guided tour and through this lovely village and visit the smallest candy store in the Netherlands, where you will receive a small bag with candy as a souvenir.
The bus then takes you to De Rijp, an amazing pretty liitle village with a great history. There you will have a guided tour and visit the old town hall of De Rijp. In the townhall of De Rijp coffee is served and an information film about the history of the village of De Rijp is shown. By then it’s time to go. The Oldtimer takes you safely back to Alkmaar.
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From 11.45 – embarkation – On board the Amalia in Alkmaar you will be greeted with coffee, tea or a soft drink
12:00 – Departure by boat from Alkmaar
12:30 – Lunch with a cup of soup and delicious sandwiches
13.30 – Arrival at Spijkerboor Kai
13.30 – change to the oldtimer bus.
14:00 Guided tour through Graft and visit to the Netherlands’ smallest candy store. There you will receive a bag of sweets as a souvenir.
15.00 – Transfer to De Rijp
15.10 – Guided tour of De Rijp and visit to the old town hall. Over a drink, you can watch an interesting video about the history of De Rijp and the surrounding area.
16.30 – Oldtimer Departure from the Beemsterbrug in the direction of Alkmaar
17 – Arrival in Alkmaar
Around the year 800, the area of the present municipality was covered with peat. As a result of human exploitation and storm surges, three large lakes were formed in the region, the Schermermeer in the west, the Beemster in the east and the Starnmeer in the south. In between was Schermereiland, today about the area of the community Graft-De Rijp. Many inhabitants lived at this time of fishing.
After the recovery of the lakes in the 17th century, it was no longer an island.
Graft is a village in the municipality of Alkmaar in the Dutch province of North Holland.The population is about 825. The village has some old farmhouses.
The Renaissance town hall from 1613 has three stepped gables. Next to the town hall you will find tombstones, a remnant of the 17th century church that stood here. The graves date from the 16th to the 18th century. This church was demolished in 1951 for lack of funds.
De Rijp is a village in the municipality of Alkmaar in the Dutch province of North Holland. It is the birthplace of Jan Adriaanszoon Leeghwater.
De Rijp was founded at the end of the 13th century. The place name means ‘Uferkante’, De Rijp was created in the southern part of the dike around Schermereiland. The place was very successful in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries thanks to whaling, herring and hemp processing. Herring fishing Herring fishing (‘large-scale fishing’) was a heavily regulated undertaking.
In Noorderkwartier, only the city of Enkhuizen was a member of the College of Large Fisheries. Of the total fleet of herring in North Holland, around 25% to 30% was owned by Rijper-Reedereien, the other shipowners from Enkhuizen. The caught herring could not be packed for export in De Rijp (herring bakery); This had to happen in Enkhuizen.
The herring fishing was not a full-time business, it gave the fishermen only three or four months a year work. In the remaining months, it was often fishing on inland lakes (such as Schermeer, Starnmeer and Beemster). When these were ground, this possibility disappeared and the number of Rijper crew members on the herring fleet also decreased.
This land reclamation also disappeared the direct connection to the Zuiderzee. Until the nineteenth century, once a year, when herring whistles ran in the spring, the Nauerna lock was opened to release brackish water from the IJ. The water level rose so high that the pipes could travel from De Rijp to Edam. The last herring boat left in 1888.
Whaling (the “small catch”) was partly caused in De Rijp, because the revenue from herring fishing decreased. The ships did not leave from De Rijp, but from the Zaan and later from the IJ. The last expedition of De Rijp was equipped in 1798. Fire in 1654 In the night of 6 to 7 January 1654 a gigantic fire broke out in De Rijp.
The fire started in a hemp beater mill. The fire spread quickly and in a short time about 400 houses were destroyed. The fire department went out day and night because the flames still blazed for a week. Thanks to the efforts of citizens, farmers and authorities, no victims were killed and reconstruction could start quickly. The largest part of the village was lost in this fire: In addition to the approximately 700 houses were here about 100 warehouses with oil, tar and hemp, 50 hate, 4 bridges, 5 barges, 60 ships, 400 nets, 400 bound hemp, hemp mills. 4 horses, 22 cows and 90 sheep. Only the church from 1529 and the town hall from 1630 survived the fire and are still preserved today.
A painting of the fire of Egbert van der Poel can be seen in the Museum In ‘t Houten Huis. Administrative division De Rijp was an independent municipality from 1817 to 1970.
Then De Rijp merged with the neighboring Graft to the community Graft-De Rijp and later to the community Alkmaar.