Touring around the area on a sunny day it is time to have a rest in ABcoude. There are several place for you to have a drink or a bite to eat. But one of the most known is De Eendracht. In the 18th century it was a lodgement with a drivethrough stable. This means the horsedrawn coaches could drive in the stabledoors allow the (rich) passengers to get out and have a drink.
Along the outsidewall in the Hoogstraat you can still see the rings where the horses were put when their owners rested.
Today it is great to have a drink on the sunny terrace and you will have a great view of the Hulksbrug.
Address: Hoogstraat 37
Favorite thing: Behind Binnenrust there is a huge garden. Filled with trees and bordering the river Angstel. To relax in the garden there had to be a teahouse. This hexagonal building was used to drink tea in the garden but not to be hurt by the sun. Ofcourse the weak skins of the rich couldn't take much sun.
Once Abcoude was populair as a home to the rich, away from the city. These so called 'out houses' had all the rich could wish for, but especially the garden was a must. Because in the city the ground was too expensive to have a large garden.
In the Hoogstraat there is a nice example of a 'out house' , it is called Binnenrust (inner peace and quiet). The house itself is beautifully restored in the 1970's. In the 18th century it was home to Jan Gousset, bailiff of Abcoude.
In Abcoude you will find many bridges. This is necessary because several waters cross the village. Most bridges are drawbridges and most of them are painted green.
In the picture is the Hulksbrug. On a map of 1636 there was a bridge over the Angstel on this place. The house next to it was called 'De Hulck'. Hence the name of the bridge.