Olympic swimming champion Femke Heemskerk

Roelofarendsveen
Bijzondere mensen, Besondere Menschen, Remarkable people

Experience your own story in Kaag en Braassem, just like Femke Heemskerk. Besides being a gold medal winner at the Beijing Olympics and world champion, she is also just from Roelofarendsveen, a small village in Kaag en Braassem. She tells her story ...

The story of the polders

Kaag en Braassem
Polders, Polder , Polders

It must have looked amusing. Inspectors of Hoogheemraadschap Rijnland tackling cracks in the dikes with a watering can and some soil. Very basic perhaps, but extremely effective. Boats sprayed the dikes from the water. The spring of 2011 threatened to become even dryer than the preceding year and peat dikes do not like dryness. If they dry out, they can break.


Veenderpolder and Lijkerpolder: The lock

Roelofarendsveen
Polders, Polder , Polders

In 1632 a quayside was built around the polder due to the flooding of the Braassem. Four wooden locks were built for water regulation and accessibility. This is the only lock still there. It dates from 1897 and replaced the first, wooden sluice.

Veenderpolder and Lijkerpolder: The Auction

Roelofarendsveen
Polders, Polder , Polders

In 1912 the plant growers cooperative Eendracht Maakt Macht (Unity Creates Power) built an auction house. Plant growers brought their products before the bell and the tribune with merchants by boat. The building has been partially preserved and now houses the Wagenaar restaurant.


Veenderpolder and Lijkerpolder: Polder transport

Roelofarendsveen, Nieuwe Wetering
Polders, Polder , Polders

The peat polder consisted of wet land with coppiced woodland. In order to grow on this,narrow strips of land were laid out with ditches around them for drainage. The fields could only be reached by boat. Everything was transported by barges.

Olympic skater Margot Boer

Woubrugge
Besondere Menschen, Remarkable people

Margot Boer is a former Dutch long track speed skater from Woubrugge. She specialised in the sprint distances.


Joop Zoetemelk, the Netherlands' best cyclist ever

Rijpwetering
Besondere Menschen, Remarkable people

Joop Zoetemelk is a Dutch former cyclist, who is considered one of the best Dutch tour riders ever. Zoetemelk grew up in Rijpwetering, but has been living in France for decades. In 1979 he won the Tour of Spain, in 1980 the Tour de France and was world champion in 1985 at the ‘ripe old age’, in the sporting world, of 38.

Tulips from the Veen

Roelofarendsveen
Tuinders, Gärtner , Gardeners

The story of tulips from the Veen (abbreviation for Roelofarendsveen) is the story of passionate, hard-working, creative entrepreneurs. Veen tulips are popular around the world, and despite times of economic crisis, for a few euros consumers can create a comfortable ambience at home with a bouquet of colourful tulips.


Ferry hopping in the Kaag en Braassem wetlands

Kaag
Handelswegen, Leven met water, Handelswege , Leben mit Wasser , Living with water , Trade routes

With all the water in Kaag en Braassem it can sometimes be difficult to get places. In order to help cyclists and pedestrians from having to go kilometres out of their way through the polders, ferries are used at various points. In most cases this very handy.

The tale of the tastiest Leidsche kaas

Oud Ade
071-5018235
Boerenleven, Gärtner , Farm life

At the end of the nineteenth century the first member of the Heemskerk family set foot on the farm. It was quickly decided to make Boeren-Leidsekaas (a farmer’s cheese) from the milk provided by the cows. Fast-forward 116 years and Boris and Ellen Heemskerk are the fourth generation of the Leiden Heemskerk family continuing the tradition of making cheese at De Morgenstond.


Elfstedentocht (Eleven Cities Tour) winner Henk Angenent

Woubrugge
Besondere Menschen, Remarkable people

On 4 January 1997, Henk Angenent won the Elfstedentocht, the foremost outdoor Dutch skating competition, by beating Erik Hulzebosch to the finish in a thrilling sprint.

Vrouwtje Paling (“Lady Eel”)

Hoogmade
Bijzondere mensen, Besondere Menschen, Remarkable people

Vrouwtje Paling (“Lady Eel”) had the gift of communicating with fish. When she sat by the waterside and called the fish, the bream, perch, eel, tench and carp heeded her call.