Schagen is situated on an old mound, along the west side of the West Frisian Omringdijk. The friendly atmosphere can be felt when walking through the narrow shopping streets or sitting down at one of the terraces around the cosy market square, opposite the Grote Kerk.
Every Thursday morning (from late June to early September), you can imagine yourself in Schagen in times long gone. During Westfriese Folklore, you can marvel at a colourful parade of historic vehicles and Schagen people dressed in typical Westfriese clothes!
Visit Alkmaar for the first time and you will never forget it. Alkmaar is of course known as the City of Cheese: for centuries the world-famous cheese market has been held on Friday mornings from April to September.
Amsterdam is an hour's drive away. Visit this world famous 17th century capital of the Netherlands. Enjoy the historic buildings, beautiful museums and friendly atmosphere. Take a cruise through the canals, walk through the Vondelpark and shop in the old town. Amsterdam is unique in its kind!
Bergen consists of two centres: Bergen itself and Bergen aan Zee, which is three kilometres away from the beach. This makes Bergen the ideal mix for anyone who wants to combine beach life with culture, who likes swimming but also excursions, and who wants to enjoy nature but also beautiful sights.
It was the first village in North Holland to receive a protected village status. In this way the old core is kept alive. Monumental farms and country houses stand along the thirteenth-century dike and are accessible by small bridges. In the centre you will find the former town hall, and a tram stop renovated in the old style.
In a sea of meadows lies the former fishing village of Kolhorn. Picturesquely situated behind the dike it is not difficult to imagine that this was once a port town on the Zuiderzee. Because of the reclamation it now lies in the middle of the West Frisian landscape.