Want to ‘do’ three UNESCO World Heritage monuments in one day? Then this is the trail for you! A spectacular cycle trail which takes you from Amsterdam city centre and its famous canals (no. 1 check!) to the Beemster (no. 2, check!) polder. On the way, stop and visit a couple of forts and the Stelling van Amsterdam (Defense line of Amsterdam) (no. 3, check!).
Apart from those three cultural high points, there are actually many more beautiful sights to see as you cycle along this Golden Triangle Trail. There are the endless panoramas in Waterland with its high arching skies, or the stately farmhouses in the Beemster that were built by the rich merchants from Amsterdam (like farmhouse De Eenhoorn in Middenbeemster with a façade that resembles a canal town house). But this trail will also take you past the Zaan with its old warehouses and the Zaanse Schans where mills, barns, dwellings and museums create a picture of what life was like in the eighteenth century. In the Beemster itself you can see how the sharp geometric lines of the polder contrast with the crotchety winding patterns of the old peat meadows. Occasionally you pass a fort that was once part of the defense works that protected the Defense Line of Amsterdam, the capital, from enemy troups.
To sum up: a beautiful, varied trail with lots to see, but you have to pedal briskly!