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Beemster parish
Flag of the municipality of Beemster
Coat of arms of the municipality of Beemster
coat of arms
province North Holland North Holland
mayor Karen Heerschop ( independent ; acting)
Seat of the municipality Middenbeemster
 - land
 - water
72.07  km 2
70.58 km 2
1.49 km 2
CBS code 0370
Residents 9,748 (Jan 31, 2019)
Population density 135 inhabitants / km 2
Coordinates 52 ° 34 ′  N , 4 ° 56 ′  E Coordinates: 52 ° 34 ′  N , 4 ° 56 ′  E
Important traffic route A7 E22 N235 N243 N244 N509
prefix 0299
Postcodes 1461-1464
Website Beemster's homepage
Template: Infobox location in the Netherlands / maintenance / map
Beemster Polder
UNESCO world heritage UNESCO World Heritage Emblem
National territory: NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands
Type: Culture
Criteria : (i) (ii) (iv)
Reference No .: 899
UNESCO region : Europe and North America
History of enrollment
Enrollment: 1999  (session 23)

De Beemster ( listen ? / I ) ( West Frisian Biemster ) is a polder and a municipality in the Dutch province of North Holland . The polder became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. Audio file / audio sample


In the Netherlands the name Beemster is used with the definite article . So it doesn't mean : Hij woont in Beemster. , but: Hij woont in de Beemster. ( German  he lives in the Beemster. ). The same applies to the other polders, Wormer , Purmer , Schermer , and often also Wieringermeer , Haarlemmermeer and the Bijlmermeer district of Amsterdam.


  • Middenbeemster (seat of the municipal administration), in the middle of the polder
  • Zuidoostbeemster
  • Westbeemster
  • Noordbeemster

Location, transport and economy


Topographic map of the municipality, 2013.

The polder is located in the middle of the province, between Alkmaar , Hoorn and Purmerend . It is cut through by old, dead straight streets and moats . The lack of curves can lead to the fact that drivers drive too fast or overlook certain risks such as side streets, town entrances, crossing cyclists and others due to the monotony of the journey. This phenomenon, known in the Netherlands as "polderblindheid" (German polder blindness ), has led to several accidents in Beemster, so that the municipality has taken special measures, including reducing the maximum speed.

The next train station is in Purmerend.

The main source of income is animal husbandry, including for the Beemster cheese, which is still sold at the Alkmaar cheese market . Beemster is also the trade name for a cheese brand.

Tourism is also becoming increasingly important.


Around the year 800 the area that today forms the municipality of Beemster was a bog. The name Beemster is derived from Bamestra, a small river in the area. The peat removal by humans in combination with storm surges led to the fact that the river grew into an inland lake between 1150 and 1250, which then also got an open connection to the Zuiderzee.

Since in the 16th century this lake spread through floods and storm surges and threatened the neighboring cities, it was decided in 1607 to found a company (compagnie) to drain the lake. This plan was carried out under the supervision of the famous engineer Jan Adriaanszoon Leeghwater from Graft-De Rijp . On May 19, 1612, the lake was emptied and turned into fertile, rich pastureland. Well-known builders designed village churches, houses and farms. De Beemster became and still is one of the wealthiest regions of Holland at the time.

In the 1780s, the well-off writer Betje Wolff (1738–1804) lived in the rectory of Middenbeemster . She worked here with her colleague Aagje Deken on her epistolary novel Sara Burgerhart (1782). This work is considered by many connoisseurs to be the best product of 18th century Dutch literature.

North Beemster


Example of a monumental farm (Middenweg 194)
  • The polder, with its many well-preserved and richly decorated farms from the 17th century, its old, straight streets, the beautiful village of Middenbeemster and the still-preserved windmills , has been classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO .
  • The village church of Middenbeemster is very worth seeing. Guided tours are organized there in summer.
  • The former rectory of Middenbeemster is now a Betje Wolff Museum. Even those not interested in the writer will appreciate the furnishings of the house with furniture from the 18th century.


Distribution of seats in the municipal council

Local elections 2018
PvdA / GL
Gains and losses
compared to 2014
 % p
PvdA / GL

The local elections on March 21, 2018 resulted in the following distribution of seats:

Political party Seats
2006 2010 2014 2018
Beemster Polder Partij 5 4th 4th 6th
VVD 3 2 2 3
PvdA / GroenLinks - - 2 2
D66 - 3 3 1
CDA 2 2 2 1
PvdA 3 2 - -
total 13 13 13 13

Town twinning

Sons and daughters of the church

Web links

Commons : Beemster  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Karen Heerschop (59) warning burgemeester van Beemster. In: Noordhollands Dagblad . Holland Media Combinatie, March 5, 2020, accessed April 2, 2020 (Dutch).
  2. Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand . In: StatLine . Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek (Dutch)
  3. Result of the local elections , accessed on April 28, 2018 (Dutch)
  4. ↑ Allocation of seats in the municipal council: 2006–2010 2014 2018 , accessed on April 11, 2018 (Dutch)