If you want to experience the poetry of the straight line, the you mustn’t miss the Beemster. Four centuries ago, new land and farms were designed here according to the Golden Ratio measurement. This is a geometric ideal that is said to have been executed to perfection here. The Beemster also possesses other qualities, namely those of titillating pleasure havens where, four centuries ago, fabulously rich merchants from Amsterdam came to display their wealth. To escape the city they had exorbitant ‘country homes’ built so that they could enjoy all that the countryside had to offer in the summer months. Unfortunately, very little is left of those country residences. What you can see are the opulent stolp farmhouses that they had built for their land overseers, often decorated with facades resembling those of their canal properties in Amsterdam.
Building on that prosperous history, nowadays the De Beemster is mainly the producer of good quality cheeses, pears, grapes, fruit and meat. These delicacies are on sale in stalls or farm shops along the way or in one of the many restaurants where the cooking is top class.
Along the way you can see luscious meadows where so much of beauty grows, full of Dutch cows and with picturesque villages like Grootschermer and De Rijp on the horizon. Along the west side you tour through the Eilandspolder, a wetland peat meadow area, where birds abound in summer. They chirp and tweet cheerfully as you cycle by.