Stories and narratives

17 Stories and narratives

In order to get to know Kaag en Braassem better, you can read some stories about the area. Get to know Kaag en Braassem at its best!


Veenderpolder and Lijkerpolder: Water Tower Tulip

Roelofarendsveen
Polders ,

Roelofarendsveen has traditionally been one of the villages where most tulips in the Netherlands are scalded. The huge tulip on the water tower reflects this top position, but also symbolises the importance of horticulture in this municipality.

Veenderpolder and Lijkerpolder: Bulbs and Flowers

Roelofarendsveen
Polders ,

Tulip bulbs are grown here since 1880. In 1927, bulbs were planted for the production of flowers for the first time. During wintertime, growers wanted to gain some extra income as they couldn’t cultivate vegetables. It was the start of a flourishing industry.


Veenderpolder and Lijkerpolder: The Gherkin monster

Roelofarendsveen
Polders ,

Back in the days, growers cultivated gherkins (groffies in Dutch) here. When a harvest failed, it was fault of the swimming Gherkin monster. Parents warned their children to stay away from the waterfront, the Gherkin monster loved delicious children’s legs too.

Veenderpolder and Lijkerpolder: One man down

Roelofarendsveen
Polders ,

​During World War II an English pilot made an emergency landing in this polder. He crashed into a field of chrysanthemums and was rescued by two inhabitants of this polder. The Germans who chased the pilot got lost in the polder with its many pet fields.


If the blades are turning, the mill is open

Hoogmade
Living with water ,Polders ,

Kinderdijk has many windmills. But Kaag en Braassem has more: twenty to be precise. One of them is the Kalkmolen along Doespolderweg in Hoogmade. Arie Driesprong is the proud miller of this hollow post mill and is happy to receive people. ‘A cup of coffee or tea is available for anyone who wants to look at the windmill. The windmill is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays and when the blades are turning.’

Vrouwtje Paling (“Lady Eel”)

Hoogmade
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.


Elfstedentocht (Eleven Cities Tour) winner Henk Angenent

Woubrugge
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.

The tale of the tastiest Leidsche kaas

Oud Ade
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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.


Ferry hopping in the Kaag en Braassem wetlands

Kaag
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.

Tulips from the Veen

Roelofarendsveen
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.


Joop Zoetemelk, the Netherlands' best cyclist ever

Rijpwetering
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.

Olympic skater Margot Boer

Woubrugge
Remarkable people ,

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