Historic Hoeksche Waard
Mijnsheerenland, Puttershoek, Oud-Beijerland
The Hoeksche Waard municipality has only existed since 2019, but this collection of sixty polders is much older. Most of these polders were built after the St. Elizabeth flood of 1421. A gigantic flood that wiped out most of the island. The oldest finds of this area come from prehistoric times and have been found in Puttershoek, Mijnsheerenland and Westmaas. Did you know that Puttershoek dates back to the Stone Age? Excavations have been made here to confirm this. Discover more of the Hokesche history during this cycling route and interrupt your cycling route for a visit to Museum Hoeksche Waard at 't Hof van Assendelft. Admire the former town hall of Oud-Beijerland and the various old windmills you will encounter along the way. One of the polders in the Hoeksche Waard does not remain dry; the Geertruida Agathapolder is flooded with high river water in winter and is rich in meadow birds. Have you learned enough about this special polder collection? Then relax on the terrace of Restaurant Binnenmaas, or the nearby Dorpshart Mijnsheerenland.
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