Although this is called the Monument Trail you will also come across plenty of natural countryside along the way. Cycle through a patchwork of polders (the Wijdewormer) and old peat meadow areas (Oostzanerveld, Ilperveld, Wormerveld and Jisperveld ) where at times sharp geometric ditches and at others meandering streams define the landscape. Now and then a characteristic ribbon village pops up on the horizon where houses used to be built next to each other on the high dykes. In Jisp and Purmerend in particular there are a remarkably large number of monuments. Here you see the beautiful, opulent mansions, built in a stately, nineteenth-century style.
In neighboring Wormer it is mainly the old warehouses that have been given monument status. Due to the location on the Zaan, the large ships of the last century sailed in here to unload their cargo. That cargo was first stored and then distributed across the country. Often the names of these impressive storage palaces are a reference to the origins of the freight: Saigon, Batavia. Nowadays, the numerous square meters are used as homes, restaurants and cultural institutions.
Then diehards can pedal briskly on to junction 73 to gaze in wonder at De Zaanse Schans. A monumental living and working district of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries with wooden windmills, barns, dwellings and museums. All constructed in unique Zaanse timber architecture and transferred here one by one starting in 1961.