Tips for trips

Here are some tips for trips in the close surroundings of the Zeediekhoeve. If you want more information about the area we refer to our reservations office. Here you can get information about all sights, markets and hanseatic days, museums, biking- and hiking trails and the nature reserve areas.

World heritage Schokland Flevoland (20.4 km – about 23 minutes) 
In the past the island “Schokland” was surrounded by the Zuiderzee (now the Ijsselmeer). Now rolling pastures and cornfields surround the island. Schokland was previously only a few feet above sea level. By high tide the water flooded over a large part of the flat island. In order to protect the island residents built three residential mounds on the island. Nevertheless, over the centuries the island Schokland was regularly hit by floods and storm disasters. The mounds were not high enough to hinder the floats. A memorials stone is build to remind of the last heavy flood in 1916. Since 1948 the island is a museum, but until the early twentieth century, the island was still inhabited. Schokland belongs to the world heritage.

Pumping station d’Olde Mesiene Kamperzeedijk (3.7 km – about 10 minutes) 
The oldest pumping station in the Netherlands, which is still entirely in its original condition got unemployed by the advent that a new electric pumping station entered into service in 1961. In the twenty years that it has stopped, since 1961, was the machine maintained by Mr. Klaas Sollie. But the machine suffered more between the twenty-year closedown than in the 105 years of service. A major restoration started in 1982. A piece of history and the future are covered in the jubilee book “Ode aan een Stoomreus”, 150 years of the pumping station d’Olde Mesiene at Kamperzeedijk. The booklet is available at the Bruna shops in Hasselt and Genemuiden and the museum Schoonewelle in Zwartluis.

The carpet city Genemuiden (7.2 km – about 15 minutes) 
Genemuiden is known as the carpet city par excellence. 60% of total Dutch production of carpets is produced in Genemuiden. It is no wonder that Genemuiden owns a carpet museum, where the fascinating history is recorded. The history of carpet goes back many centuries. With the rushes that grew in Genemuiden around for centuries (they grow there now) the inhabitants manufactured the famous Genemuider rush mats. When the rushes were scarce another product made its appearance: the coconut matting. The first coconut factories opened around 1920. The manufacturers in Genemuiden switched to nylon and wool carpet in the sixties.

Hanseatic towns: Hasselt, Kampen, Zwolle and Hattem (11.7 km – about 14 min to 29 min)
These Hanseatic towns in our country are counted very early as cultural heritage, the cities have been refurbished and preserved. The original streets in the downtown of Hasselt and Hattem are still intact, like almost all historic monuments. The squares and churches, particularly in the city of Zwolle and Kampen are almost the best proof that these cities were once the leading commercial cities and merchants from all over the world came here for business.

Theme Park Ecodrome Zwolle (15.5 km – about 22 minutes) 
Dive in the tropical rainforest as an adventurous explorer, but be aware of snapping crocodiles. During an expedition through Ecodrome you discover what nature has in store. Here you can see raptors and large spiders hiding. So you experience how exciting Ecodrome Zwolle can be. During the journey “Tijdreis” you learn everything about the origin of life on our planet.

The limekiln Hasselt (12.2 km – about 16 minutes) 
Just outside the heart of the fortified city of Hasselt is the limekiln area located. In 1990 the last shell lime roasting manufactory of Western Europe shut down. As a result the craft of lime burning has come to an end. By restoration the limekiln was preserved as industrial heritage, so it can continue as an industrial monument. The limekilns and furnaces consist of two restored kilns and a room containing a unique collection of original objects. In the documentation centrum you can see over old school records, photographs and footage of an image including shellfish and the production of limestone. You can visit the limekilns during opening hours or by appointment.

Municipal Museum Kampen (7.7 km – about 12 minutes) 
Since March 2009 the museum is located in its new home in the Old Town Hall in the centre of Kampen. A beautiful hall dating back to 1545 will soon complement the permanent collection discussing a several number of themes. A museum shop- and cafe are located on the ground floor and will be soon complemented by a luxury room, a generous space for temporary exhibitions. Especially older art and historical themes will be exhibited there. Occasionally, the museum accommodates also modern and contemporary professional art, whether this is not in collaboration with the Municipal Exhibition Hall Kampen.

Kampen Icon Museum (7.7 km – about 13 minutes) 
Beautifully situated close to a historic site in the old hanseatic town Kampen you can find the Icon Museum Kampen. With the opening of the Icon Museum Kampen on December 16, 2005, for the first time in the Netherlands a museum was opened that focuses exclusively on icons. The initiative to open this museum was taken by the Alexander Foundation for Russian Orthodox art. The exhibited icons in the museum represent a cross section of the collection of the Alexander Foundation and vary greatly in age, theme and style. Meet the “Beelden van het Licht” and experience what icons express.

Museum farm Kampereiland (7.9 km – about 11 minutes) 
The museum is housed at a mound farm from the 19th century. The complex built up in Saxon style consists a house, back house, stable and yard. This property (buildings and lands) was first leased in 1444. A costume museum room where a unique collection of costume hats can be visited and a changing exhibition of hats and costumes of the type of cornet is a part of the farm. The Kampereiland is a former group of islands at the mouth of the river Ijssel. Traditionally it is a real pasture in the Ijssel delta.

Corn mill “de Zwaluw Hasselt” (12.3 km – about 16 minutes) 
Initially, everybody called it a standard mill. The present building dates back to 1867 and has served as a corn mill until 1955. The flour for the bakers was produced here. Around the mill is a lot to visit. “de Zwaluw Hasselt” is situated next to the walking- and cycling routes and is also a wonderful place for a break. Additionally the municipality Zwartewaterland designated the mill as wedding location.

Mill d’Olde Zwarver Kampen (7.9 km – about 12 minutes) 
d’Olde Zwarver is the name of an octagonal mill in Kampen dating back to the year 1842. The mill was moved in 1952 due to the expansion of local dairy to its current location along the Ijssel. The mill in Kampen bears his name for a reason. The move was unique. Because the former owner of the mill “van Hell’s Gecondenseerde Melk Maatschappij” wanted to expand, the former plan was to demolish the mill. The local inhabitants protested against these plans. The number of mills in the Netherlands at that time was already significantly fallen and that mill was the last remaining mill in Kampen. Shocked by the response the company offered the plan to assign the property to the city Kampen. They found a new place for the mill, which was relatively close to the original spot. Thus, the idea was developed to remove the mill in its whole. That was not done before. Since 1978 the mill was put again into service and thank to many volunteer millers the mill had been running again.

Antiques Lutterzijl Kamperzeedijk (227 meters) 
Alongside the old watercourses within the pumping station is the restoration department located where antique furniture in house and get traditionally restored. For example, the polish is still made in the old way. Thus the authenticity of the furniture remains as far as possible.

Old Town Hall Hasselt (11.7 km – about 14 minutes) 
Old Town Hall is since former times a part of the centre of Hasselt. In 1400 the building was officially declared as the first town hall on the market. The present half-gothic building was built in two phases. With some regularity small chamber cultural activities such as lectures, concerts and chamber concerts are taking place here. Also marriages can be held here. The building also locates the tourist office Hasselt. The tourist information will help you with questions and you can buy gift certificates and book guided city walks.

Stedelijke Oudheidskamer Genemuiden (6.8 km – about 8 minutes) 
The ancient house offers a fine collection of finds, curios, costumes and objects in addition to a period room, kitchen and an authentic store. Moreover, there are changing exhibitions in the attic.

Information point “de Veldschuur Rouveen” (12.5 km – about 16 minutes) 
The barn is located in the southwest ‘point’ of the town Staphorst. The forestry company is currently developing plans for the large area (more than a thousand acres) providing the destination with a green image. The goal is to establish a natural connection between Zwolle – via Zwartsluis – to Steenwijk. It should become an area in which the maker, the student, the flora and fauna recreant, in short, anyone feeling home in a green environment, gets the feeling that life is good. The barn is an information centre for nature, culture, history and archaeology of the area. By working with regional groups active in the four areas, we may offer in the future a wider range of recreational activities. Go hiking or biking in the area. Don’t forget your camera.

Balgstuw Ramspol (12.7 km – about 14 minutes) 
The protective barrier at Ramspol is in more ways unique. With a diameter of 10 meters it is the largest barrier in the world. In other countries this type of barrier is used only for controlling the water under normal conditions, while this barrier can defeat also very significant storms. Ramspol celebrates also world premiere as barrier, which can be filled with air and water. The barrier was constructed according the so-called “design and construct” method.

The Venice of the North: Giethoorn (31.1 km – about 39 minutes) 
Giethoorn, situated in Overijssel, is a village with a rich past. It was founded in 1230 by the Flagellanten, refugees from the Mediterranean area. Today narrow canals, bridges, picturesque farms, and the beautiful gardens define the image of Giethoorn. Giethoorn is well known especially for recreation and relaxation matters.

The large goblin forest Dronten (16.7 km – about 23 minutes) 
The large goblin forest has a delicious pancake house that bears a goblin route that is easily accessible. This route is obviously a lot more fun, if you book the goblin Madelein for the tour. She takes you with her basket of games in which a real treasury is hidden. Madelief lives in the forest with her goblin family. Children can play on the goblin training circuit, in one of the goblin houses, admire the animals or jump on the trampoline. The large goblin forest is located at: Roggebotweg 21, Dronten. Warmly recommended!

FlevOnice Dronten (22.8 km – about 31 minutes) 
FlevOnice features sport activities, enjoying the nature and relaxing in an appropriate atmosphere. FlevOnice is an all year specialist in combining outdoor activities and relaxing as well. A 5-kilometer skating ring runs along the countryside. Besides the five-kilometre skating ring, they also have a 400-meter track and a crawl ring for the little ones. There are group packages available for 10 people or more or daily tickets.

Trap tour 2010 
Discover the region Kampen so as people experienced it in former times. Slow, without hurry with a horse and a trailor. Book your tour in a luxury trap in the town of Kampen, or through the countryside of the National Landscape IJsseldelta. A combination of both is also possible. The trap is also accessible for wheelchairs. The tour operates through the whole year. The maximum is 22 people for a tour. Different starting points are possible. For reservations, please contact stalhouderij Kroon, Tel. +31 6224 652 87/+31 6538 316 65 or visit