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Beverwijk – Hometown October 6, 2016 Of course a blog about our hometown Beverwijk should not be missing among our blogs! Beverwijk is a town located 20 km north west of Amsterdam, at the North sea coast. It received city rights from Count Jan I of Holland in 1298. In that period it was only a relatively small township located at a lake called Wijkermeer surrounded by dunes. The farmers of the neighboring villages traded their goods with the merchants at the harbor of the Wijkermeer. In the 17th century the rich merchants of Amsterdam built their country houses at the border of the Wijkermeer, for example the House of Akerendam and the House of Scheybeeck.
gezicht op beverwijk salomon van ruysdael
With the construction of the North sea Canal (1876), which runs from Amsterdam to IJmuiden and the start of the steel plant Koninklijke Hoogovens (nowadays Tata Steel Europe) in 1918, the character of the town changed dramatically. Large numbers of laborers were recruited from other parts of the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Morocco and Turkey. These laborers brought their wives and children with them and an explosive growth of inhabitants took place. They were often housed in not always the most beautiful houses and apartment buildings. This walk will lead you along a great variety of urban architecture.
town hall beverwijk
1. Town Hall We start our walk as usually at the railway station, coming out of the station, you see at your left hand the new built Town Hall. It was built in 2011 and is part of the urban renewal program, which purpose is to make the town ready for the 21st century. We cross the square and run into one of the country houses of a rich merchant namely the House of Akerendam.
House of Akerendam
2. House of Akerendam In 1637 the Amsterdam’s ship-builder Jan Bicker bought farmland at the border of the lake Wijkermeer and built the House of Akerendam in Renaissance style. A later owner should rebuilt the house and garden into the Louis XV-style. In the 19th century the owners built the little tea house. When the house became the property of the family Sluyterman van Loo, they changed the purpose of the house into a home for elderly and ill women back in 1916. Today the house and the gardens have a representative and cultural function. We turn left and walk down the Velserweg, we cross the intersection and see at our right hand the Park and House of Scheybeeck.
Scheybeeck Beverwijk
3. House of Scheybeeck The house was first mentioned in 1584, back then it was a homestead. In 1617 a rich Amsterdam confectioner bought the homestead and rebuilt the estate into Renaissance style. He was a patron of famous Dutch writers and poems of that time (f.i. P.C. Hooft, Caspar van Baerle and Joost van den Vondel), who could hide at Scheybeeck when their poems or plays were too bold for the governor’s taste. The House had many owners, who all made modifications to the house and the park following the architectural styles of their times, an example of this is the aviary in the park. Paul Christiaan who bought the House in 1780 gave it its present look in Louis XVI style. In the 20th century it became the Town Hall until 1965, it is now the property of the company Buko. This House has a special place in our hearts because we were married here in 2003. Please take your time to enjoy the Park before walking towards Beeckzanghlaan, where you will find Villa Beeckzangh. In the Park you will discover a little stream (in Dutch beek), which is supplied by a source in the dunes.
Villa Beeckzangh Beverwijk
4. Villa Beeckzangh The name of the Villa comes from a poem by Joost van den Vondel. If you look closer you will find his statue on the façade. It was reconstructed by the owner Daniel Koenen, a lawyer from Amsterdam in 1876. The present owner mrs. M. Koster-Heck strives to preserve the house and the gardens for the next generations. Standing before the house we turn right and take the first street at our left hand, we find ourselves on a parking place of the hospital. We continue until we see a petting zoo,
we pass this petting zoo on the right side, until we stand on the Westerhoutweg. At the corner of the Westerhoutplein, we see the House of Westerhout and its surrounding Park.
westerhout beverwijk
5. House of Westerhout In 1807 it was bought by a man called Lucas Boreel, he transformed the homestead into this grand house. For many generations it stayed in the Boreel family until 1965 when the municipality bought the house and the surrounding park. After this it had many purposes, f.i. a restaurant, school of music and cultural center, my husband has been given his first guitar lessons here.
park westerhout beverwijk water in park westerhout beverwijk
We continue our walk through the Park, where we encounter again the little stream. At the end of the Park, we cross the Zeestraat (this road runs all the way to Wijk aan Zee) into the Thomas Meijerlaan. This street becomes the Zandgat and Bankenlaan. The Bankenlaan turns right, we continue the Bankenlaan until the Hornlaan, here we turn right until the Plantage, where we turn left. Here we cross the roundabout and continue to follow the Plantage. At your right you see a small shopping center and a supermarket. We continue the Plantage until the Boeweg, where we turn left and immediately right again into the Arendsweg. In front of you, you will find a Roman Catholic Church called the Goede Raadkerk. We continue the Arendsweg until we cross the Baanstraat, where we turn into the Torenstraat. At the end of this street we see the Grote kerk (Big Church) and the Wijkertoren.
wijkertoren beverwijk
6. Grote Kerk (Big Church) and Wijkertoren At the place where a woman had seen an apparition of Saint Agatha, a wooden chapel was built, this in honor of Saint Agatha. Later on the chapel was replaced by a church with the same name. This church forms the center of the town Beverwijk. During the Eighty Years’ War (1576), the Spanish troops destroyed the church. The inhabitants rebuilt the church between 1592-1648. After the reformation the church became a Protestant church and the named changed into the Grote Kerk (Big Church). In the year 1924 the last major renovation took place. The style of the church is late gothic. The Wijkertoren, the tower which is attached to the Grote Kerk, was fortunately not destroyed by the Spanish. It was the remaining part of the old church, it was built in 1475. Today it still forms a landmark for the inhabitants of Beverwijk and its surroundings. In the early days, the sailors on the Wijkermeer could see the time on the clock of the Wijkertoren. On the clock face was written Fugit Hora, what means the hour flies by. In 1912 a fire destroyed the top of the tower, after the renovation of the tower, the clock face was moved inside the tower.
camille beverwijk camille
We continue our walk by turning into the Kerkstraat which becomes the Peperstraat. We follow the Peperstraat until the Breestraat. Here we turn right into the Breestraat, the Breestraat forms the main shopping district of Beverwijk. Here we see at the left side of the street, the Saint Agatha Church.
7. The Saint Agatha Church The Roman Catholics needed a new church after the former Saint Agatha Church turned into a Protestant church.  This new Saint Agatha Church was built and designed by Joseph and Pierre Cuypers jr. in 1924. (These architects were famous for their Roman Catholic buildings at their time in the Netherlands). The style of the church is Expressionistic with Byzantine influences. The large dome forms the center with eight smaller domes surrounding it. The weeks before Christmas, there is always a beautiful Christmas crib to admire. We walk down the Breestraat until we again stand on the square in front of the Town Hall. Here our walk ends, we hope you have enjoyed the walk through our hometown.
tip 1 beverwijk tip 2 beverwijk tip 3 beverwijk
Tip 1: If you visit Beverwijk during the weekend, you can visit The Bazaar, Europe largest indoor market halls. Including an Oriental market, where it feels if you are in Turkey or Morocco.
Tip 2: In summertime we recommend you to follow the Zeestraat, which brings you to a village called Wijk aan Zee, here you can take a dip into the North Sea.
Tip 3: Stop for a coffee and some pastry at Breestraat no. 7, here you will find a very nice Pastry shop called Leek.
Beverwijk - The Netherlands
Hotel tip Beverwijk: Being in our hometown, we did of course sleep at home. When you are looking for a nice hotel in the neighborhood, we recommend Strandhotel Het Hoge Duin in Wijk aan Zee, this village belongs to the community of Beverwijk but lies at the North Sea coast. From the hotel you have a nice view over the North Sea, the address is Rijckert Aertszweg no. 50. If you are interested in this hotel or a hotel in the vicinity of Beverwijk, please check here for more information, availability and best offers.
hotel tip Beverwijk strandhotel Het Hoge Duin Wijk aan Zee
Strandhotel Het Hoge Duin
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Sights Beverwijk
           1. Town Hall Beverwijk
2. House of Akerendam
           3. House of Scheijbeeck
4. Villa Beeckzangh
5. House of Westerhout
Park of Westerhout
6. Grote Kerk and Wijkertoren
7. Saint Agatha Church
Breestraat
Petting zoo
Beverwijk – Hometown October 6, 2016 Of course a blog about our hometown Beverwijk should not be missing among our blogs! Beverwijk is a town located 20 km north west of Amsterdam, at the North sea coast. It received city rights from Count Jan I of Holland in 1298. In that period it was only a relatively small township located at a lake called Wijkermeer surrounded by dunes. The farmers of the neighboring villages traded their goods with the merchants at the harbor of the Wijkermeer. In the 17th century the rich merchants of Amsterdam built their country houses at the border of the Wijkermeer, for example the House of Akerendam and the House of Scheybeeck.
gezicht op beverwijk salomon van ruysdael
With the construction of the North sea Canal (1876), which runs from Amsterdam to IJmuiden and the start of the steel plant Koninklijke Hoogovens (nowadays Tata Steel Europe) in 1918, the character of the town changed dramatically. Large numbers of laborers were recruited from other parts of the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Morocco and Turkey. These laborers brought their wives and children with them and an explosive growth of inhabitants took place. They were often housed in not always the most beautiful houses and apartment buildings. This walk will lead you along a great variety of urban architecture.
town hall beverwijk House of Akerendam
1. Town Hall We start our walk as usually at the railway station, coming out of the station, you see at your left hand the new built Town Hall. It was built in 2011 and is part of the urban renewal program, which purpose is to make the town ready for the 21st century. We cross the square and run into one of the country houses of a rich merchant namely the House of Akerendam.
2. House of Akerendam In 1637 the Amsterdam’s ship-builder Jan Bicker bought farmland at the border of the lake Wijkermeer and built the House of Akerendam in Renaissance style. A later owner should rebuilt the house and garden into the Louis XV-style. In the 19th century the owners built the little tea house. When the house became the property of the family Sluyterman van Loo, they changed the purpose of the house into a home for elderly and ill women back in 1916. Today the house and the gardens have a representative and cultural function. We turn left and walk down the Velserweg, we cross the intersection and see at our right hand the Park and House of Scheybeeck.
Scheybeeck Beverwijk
3. House of Scheybeeck The house was first mentioned in 1584, back then it was a homestead. In 1617 a rich Amsterdam confectioner bought the homestead and rebuilt the estate into Renaissance style. He was a patron of famous Dutch writers and poems of that time (f.i. P.C. Hooft, Caspar van Baerle and Joost van den Vondel), who could hide at Scheybeeck when their poems or plays were too bold for the governor’s taste. The House had many owners, who all made modifications to the house and the park following the architectural styles of their times, an example of this is the aviary in the park. Paul Christiaan who bought the House in 1780 gave it its present look in Louis XVI style. In the 20th century it became the Town Hall until 1965, it is now the property of the company Buko. This House has a special place in our hearts because we were married here in 2003. Please take your time to enjoy the Park before walking towards Beeckzanghlaan, where you will find Villa Beeckzangh. In the Park you will discover a little stream (in Dutch beek), which is supplied by a source in the dunes.
Villa Beeckzangh Beverwijk
4. Villa Beeckzangh The name of the Villa comes from a poem by Joost van den Vondel. If you look closer you will find his statue on the façade. It was reconstructed by the owner Daniel Koenen, a lawyer from Amsterdam in 1876. The present owner mrs. M. Koster-Heck strives to preserve the house and the gardens for the next generations. Standing before the house we turn right and take the first street at our left hand, we find ourselves on a parking place of the hospital. We continue until we see a petting zoo,
we pass this petting zoo on the right side, until we stand on the Westerhoutweg. At the corner of the Westerhoutplein, we see the House of Westerhout and its surrounding Park.
westerhout beverwijk
5. House of Westerhout In 1807 it was bought by a man called Lucas Boreel, he transformed the homestead into this grand house. For many generations it stayed in the Boreel family until 1965 when the municipality bought the house and the surrounding park. After this it had many purposes, f.i. a restaurant, school of music and cultural center, my husband has been given his first guitar lessons here.
park westerhout beverwijk water in park westerhout beverwijk
We continue our walk through the Park, where we encounter again the little stream. At the end of the Park, we cross the Zeestraat (this road runs all the way to Wijk aan Zee) into the Thomas Meijerlaan.  This street becomes the Zandgat and Bankenlaan. The Bankenlaan turns right, we continue the Bankenlaan until the Hornlaan, here we turn right until the Plantage, where we turn left. Here we cross the roundabout and continue to follow the Plantage. At your right you see a small shopping center and a supermarket. We continue the Plantage until the Boeweg, where we turn left and immediately right again into the Arendsweg. In front of you, you will find a Roman Catholic Church called the Goede Raadkerk. We continue the Arendsweg until we cross the Baanstraat, where we turn into the Torenstraat. At the end of this street we see the Grote kerk (Big Church) and the Wijkertoren.
wijkertoren beverwijk camille
6. Grote Kerk (Big Church) and Wijkertoren At the place where a woman had seen an apparition of Saint Agatha, a wooden chapel was built, this in honor of Saint Agatha. Later on the chapel was replaced by a church with the same name. This church forms the center of the town Beverwijk. During the Eighty Years’ War (1576), the Spanish troops destroyed the church. The inhabitants rebuilt the church between 1592-1648. After the reformation the church became a Protestant church and the named changed into the Grote Kerk (Big Church). In the year 1924 the last major renovation took place. The style of the church is late gothic. The Wijkertoren, the tower which is attached to the Grote Kerk, was fortunately not destroyed by the Spanish. It was the remaining part of the old church, it was built in 1475. Today it still forms a landmark for the inhabitants of Beverwijk and its surroundings. In the early days, the sailors on the Wijkermeer could see the time on the clock of the Wijkertoren. On the clock face was written Fugit Hora, what means the hour flies by. In 1912 a fire destroyed the top of the tower, after the renovation of the tower, the clock face was moved inside the tower.
We continue our walk by turning into the Kerkstraat which becomes the Peperstraat. We follow the Peperstraat until the Breestraat. Here we turn right into the Breestraat, the Breestraat forms the main shopping district of Beverwijk. Here we see at the left side of the street, the Saint Agatha Church.
7. The Saint Agatha Church The Roman Catholics needed a new church after the former Saint Agatha Church turned into a Protestant church.  This new Saint Agatha Church was built and designed by Joseph and Pierre Cuypers jr. in 1924. (These architects were famous for their Roman Catholic buildings at their time in the Netherlands). The style of the church is Expressionistic with Byzantine influences. The large dome forms the center with eight smaller domes surrounding it. The weeks before Christmas, there is always a beautiful Christmas crib to admire. We walk down the Breestraat until we again stand on the square in front of the Town Hall. Here our walk ends, we hope you have enjoyed the walk through our hometown.
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Tip 1: If you visit Beverwijk during the weekend, you can visit The Bazaar, Europe largest indoor market halls. Including an Oriental market, where it feels if you are in Turkey or Morocco.
Tip 2: In summertime we recommend you to follow the Zeestraat, which brings you to a village called Wijk aan Zee, here you can take a dip into the North Sea.
Tip 3: Stop for a coffee and some pastry at Breestraat no. 7, here you will find a very nice Pastry shop called Leek.
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Hotel tip Beverwijk: Being in our hometown, we did of course sleep at home. When you are looking for a nice hotel in the neighborhood, we recommend Strandhotel Het Hoge Duin in Wijk aan Zee, this village belongs to the community of Beverwijk but lies at the North Sea coast. From the hotel you have a nice view over the North Sea, the address is Rijckert Aertszweg no. 50. If you are interested in this hotel or a hotel in the vicinity of Beverwijk, please check here for more information, availability and best offers.
strandhotel Het Hoge Duin Wijk aan Zee hotel tip Beverwijk
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