Uitgeest

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Uitgeest (About this sound pronunciation ) is a municipality and a town in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland.

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Population centres

The municipality of Uitgeest consists of the following cities, towns, villages and/or districts: Assum, Busch en Dam, Groot Dorregeest, Uitgeest.

Local government

The municipal council of Uitgeest consists of 15 seats, which are divided as follows:

  • Progressief Uitgeest - 4 seats
  • CDA - 2 seats
  • UVP - 2 seats
  • PvdA - 2 seats
  • VVD - 2 seats
  • D66 - 3 seat

Tourist information

No less than five windmills can be seen in the polder landscape surrounding the village. Uitgeest was the birthplace (in 1550) of Cornelis Corneliszoon, inventor of the wind-powered sawmill. An industrial heritage park, centered around sawmill De Hoop[1], is under construction.

The village has a Reformed church dating back to the early 14th Century, as well as a kart-racing track and lakeside marina. Fort aan den Ham (between Uitgeest and Krommenie) was one of the 42 forts of the Stelling van Amsterdam, a 19th Century ring of fortifications around Amsterdam which has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fort is now a museum open to the public on Sundays.

"A very pretty village. It's recommended to rent a bike from a local bike shop. This is usually a very cheap rental but deposit is (2006) 100 euro per bike. Lake on outskirts past marina is excellent for swimming and very safe for young children as a child-friendly area is cordoned off. Train station and excellent bus service provide access to neighboring areas and Amsterdam." (Observations from a visiting Irish tourist, July 2006)

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