Going to Beemster

Heritage House in De Beemster

Heritage House in De Beemster

We head back to Amsterdam after exploring the Afsluitdijk. I actually liked that place since it was amazing to see such an incredible feat of engineering up close. We spent the rest of the night enjoying Amsterdam, especially my friends who were into the more well known activities there. But I would rather not dwell on that. The next day, we were supposed to go out of town again, one of my companions apparently had too much fun and couldn’t wake up and gave us a rather vague answer to go on ahead. We weren’t really going that far, our destination was in the outskirts of Amsterdam where another UNESCO World Heritage site is – De Beemster.

Canals in the Beemster

Canals in the Beemster

With a name like that, it was rather difficult to take the name of the place that seriously. To me it sounded like a made up name like friendster or something similar. Apparently, this place is important enough that it ended up being a heritage site and I want to know why. It wasn’t a very long drive out of Amsterdam, you can say it is still within greater Amsterdam. To understand Beemster, one needs to know what a polder is. A polder is a piece of land which is reclaimed from the sea or lake by pumping water out of it for the agricultural or residential purposes. Beemster is the first polder which was reclaimed from the sea.

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