Municipality Nieuwkoop contains two villages: Nieuwkoop and Noorden , and two smaller units: Woerdense Verlaat and De Meije. There are 11.000 people living in the municipality. It is 3847 hectares of which nearly half is a nature conservation area.
In this nature area (Nieuwkoopse Plassen) you can find many bird species including the largest colony of purperreigers (purple herons?? ) in western europe. There are also many rare plantspecies including 8 species of orchids.
The village Nieuwkoop is the second longest village in our country, it is 14 kilometers long.
It excists since 1270 and still contains some old buildings, the eldest being from 1609.
To get more tourist info try the V V V:
V V V Nieuwkoop,
2421 BE Nieuwkoop
The office is open:
mon / fri: 10:00 - 17:00
sat: 10:00 - 15:00
Here you can get maps for biking or boating, lodging adresses or book a excursion on the water. They are also the adress for bike rentals or boat rentals.
If you are here and in trouble:
- general alarm number (police, fire fighters or ambulance) : 112
- police : (no emergency) :0900-8844
- doctors :
~ emergency during the night, weekends or holidays:
0172-467007 (Cooperatieve huisartsen dienst Alphen a/d Rijn)
~ Boonstra, Kennedylaan 35 : 0172-571555
~ Smids , Dorpsstraat 127 : 0172- 575868
~ van Erp, Dorpsstraat 127: 0172 - 575605
~ Lammers, Anemonenstraat 18, Noorden: 0172 - 408482
- dentists :
~ Beek, Beethovenstraat 83 : 0172 - 571585
~ Weekhout, Geitenkamp 1 : 0172 - 571371
Need money ?
~ ABN- AMRO : Dorpstraat 50
~ ING bank : Beatrixlaan 2
~ Rabobank: Kennedyplein 5
Postoffice: Kennedyplein 13 (inside Bruna shop)
Since the middle ages the village Noorden is part of the municipality Nieuwkoop.
Some even say Nieuwkoop was under Noorden churchwise..... The small NH church in Noordse dorp is built on the site of an old chapel from 1241. Some beams from that old chapel are used in the present church.
In the early days Noorden had a large swampy area. This swamp forest was milled dry in 1940. Gonnies mother was born in this area. She used to tell stories about people (including Gonnies grandpa) hiding in the swamps for the germans during WO II.
This dry swamp was a great soil for nursing flowers. You can find many nurseries in Noorden.
Typical in Noorden are the small fishing boats on the Noordense Plassen with a windshield.
The best way to enjoy the nature Nieuwkoop has to offer is to go canoeing. You can go to places where motorboats are not allowed. Just enjoying the silence and beauty of this nature reserve.
Canoes can be rented in several places:
- Jachthaven Tijsterman, in the center of Nieuwkoop. tel:0172-571786
- Nikano, in Noorden which is part of county Nieuwkoop. tel:0172-407094