This old stationbuilding is a monument. It is now in use as shop for fireplaces.
Originally it was the railwaystation of Nieuwveen along the track Alphen aan den Rijn and Amsterdam. This track was opened in 1916. The track and the station closed in 1936.
There is a marked walkingroute around Nieuwveen called Ursularoute. In the travelogue you can find the entire route and some info about what you see while walking here.
But it is also nice to walk along the dikes, climbing over fences, trying to avoid the cows and sheep, in other areas. Some other walks, not marked, but the ones i like to walk in a sunny afternoon, are described in the other travelogues.
At the Blokland, a street in the rural area of Nieuwveen, there are some farms with Russian names. Like the 'Smolensk' (built in 1887) in the picture.
A banker in the late 1800's made some money with Russian bonds. With that money he bought some farms in this area and gave them russian names. Still to be found here: Riga, Odessa, Moskou, Smolensk.
At the back side of the Dutch Reformed church, in the Kerkstraat, there is a sign 'Stappen'. Literal this means steps. In the dutch language it can also mean going a night out. But what does it mean here? It is with a capital S, maybe it is the name of a place...
But old documentation says it is an old trafficsign. In artikel 14 of the public village law of 1902 it was forbidden to ride your horse (or carriage) faster than stepping pace in the Kerkstraat between one hour before sunrise and one hour after sunset. It was considered dangerous to take the corner in the road faster than that. But why was it not dangerous at night? We will probably never know.......