One of the oldest cultural landscapes in the Netherlands is the Hoogeland. In 600 BC, the first inhabitants settled in the coastal area, whose history was determined by the constant struggle against the water. Today, medieval churches can still be seen atop the highest point in the village centres, the terps. The landscape of the Hoogeland has very many medieval churches, wonderful estates and old windmills, often beautifully refurbished. Farms, galleries, museums: the Hoogeland has it all.
Ancient cultural landscape
The Hoogeland is a unique, old and unspoiled landscape with terps, basins, estates, old churches with their organs and rustling rape and grain fields in the spring. The traditionally very fertile clay helped the development of successful arable farming in the area.
Terps, villages and churches
The villages are often built on terps due to the danger of flooding by the sea. There are many Norman churches, beautiful farms, architecturally interesting houses and several interesting museums which present the cultural history of the region.
Cycling, walking and canoeing
There is fresh air, lots of water and beautiful skyscapes. The visitor can explore the area in various ways: by train, car, by bike, canoe or on foot. Unique to the area are the different types of accommodation in very special locations. These include hotels, campsites or B&Bs and camping on the farm. There are lots of walking options too, along the Wadden coastline, through the fields or following ancient footpaths. For the keen cyclist, there are many cycle routes, for example on the Waddenzee dykes or the long International Dollard Route.