Only open in the peak season from May 30th - October 19th (in 2009) on Saturdays and Sundays but in July and August from Wednesday to Sunday and all days from 13.00 to 17.00. Entrance is only €1 with cheaper concessions.This is a wonderful building dating from 1613 and built in the renaissance style. There is a guide on hand but I am not sure if he...more
The church dates from 1655 and is famous for its 23 stained glass windows. The floor consists almost entirely of tombstones, in itself a collection of small monuments.It is also famous for been the home of the tomb of the famous Rijper Jan Boon and his wife Trijntje Lakeman, ( he was the last sea-going merchant in de Rijp. He was also the last man...more
Uniquely situated between the historically rich villages of Graft-de Rijp, Noordeinde, Grootschermer, Schermerhorn and Driehuizen, the nature reserve “Eilandspolder” covers an area of 1950 hectares, of which 25% is water. The Eilandspolder has a marshy, fertile bed, a paradise for many bird sorts.In the Spring you can see water-meadow birds like...more
This restaurant is also in use as a cafe and you can have lunch here.The wall are decorated with all kinds of things, tea pots, pictures, tin cans, its one big collection off stuff. Notice also the trumpets and other coper blazers hanging from the ceiling in front of the bar.Best place to sit is in the conservatory or at the windows. From the...more
Easy going place with nice surroundings. Nice fireplace in the main dining earea. Also this place is an cafe next to a restaurant. Good food here. This place has a decent parking space behind the terrace which is a good thing because parking can be difficult in de Rijp. Desserts and starters, they do a very good carpaccio here. Last time i had the...more
De Rijp used to have only wooden houses up to the 17th century. There were big fires in 1654, 1657, 1672 and therefore the fire brigade was well organised.Unfortunately, De Rijp fell to deep poverty when the whaling stopped and wooden houses continued to exist because it was too expensive to rebuild them with stone.more
Historie van mejuffrouw Sara Burgerhart(Tale of Miss Sara Burgerhart)The writing duo of the above book title (published in 1782) were Betje Wolff and Aagje Deken. It is compulsory reading for high school students.Betje and Aagje (both women, for those who don't recognise Dutch first names) lived in De Rijp for a number of years but the stench of...more
The Reformed church became the state church during the 80 Year War. Until 1581 any non-catholic group was persecuted. As were the Mennonites who distinguished themselves by adult baptism and a pacifist way of life.The Mennonites retreated to quieter regions like the isolated Schermereiland (island Schermer, where De Rijp is). The unusual thing in...more
One of my highlights of my 2009 Dutch holiday was the electric boat tour my friends took me on around the waterways of de Rijp. If you do hire a boat there are a number of things you must be aware of - there are many waterways and some join others and some are dead ends. You could take a map and attempt to navigate around the area which is the best option but if you are new to the area I would follow locals if possible. The locals know these waterways as you know the streets in your hometown. On windy days the little boats have to battle against the wind and this uses extra power - I did hear that often boats travel too far and run out of power and have to be towed back to the village. Take a mobile phone with you and make sure you know the number of the boat owner or at least the local police. There may be a language problem if the boat owner is only a Dutch speaker and you do not speak Dutch but nearly everyone speaks English.
The one good thing is that the water is shallow - even if you fell in (rare apparently) you would be wet but quite safe.
Far from the tourism mainstream, the beautiful village of De Rijp lies just 15 kilometres or so southeast of the more famous town of Alkmaar, and can be reached by the No 123 bus from Akmaar Station.Small enough to walk from end to end in 20 minutes, the entire centre of this village is a national monument, the many 17th century buildings...more
Local sailor stranded on Korean coast in 1626. Became advisor to emperor. Died in Korea, commonly known as Pak Yon (Master John). A similar statue was presented to the city of Seoul in May 1991.Enlarge the photo to see the peculiar way in which this statue was assembled!more