With over fifty thousand inhabitants and many amenities, the rurally located town of Heerhugowaard can rightfully call itself a city. In the modern city centre you will find the largest indoor shopping centre in North Holland: Middenwaard. Well appointed restaurants and terraces can also be found around and nearby the shopping centre. It also has a bowling alley, cinema and the modern Cool theatre.
Despite all its modern amenities, Heerhugowaard - originally a polder village - is also surrounded by pasture lands, reed beds and a high circular dike that runs for kilometres. This is an excellent base for travelling by bike or putting on your walking boots for a lovely hike. You can use the free Abellife app to download a cycling and hiking route here on your smartphone. The Stolpen Route is a cycle route around Heerhugowaard and the City of the Sun walk tells you more about the unique emission-neutral neighbourhood of the same name. The app works like a TomTom and in addition to the route, also tells you interesting stories about the local history and architecture as you cycle.
Cable water ski course
During good weather Park van Luna is a great place to be. An area of 180 hectares with forests, meadows and water features. At the beach you can swim and the surrounding area is perfect for walking, cycling, mountain biking, in-line skating, sailing and much more, including a visit to the Polder Museum located a short distance away! In addition to an excellent recreational beach where you can enjoy a refreshing dive on warmer days, there is the Skeef cable water ski course for real daredevils. Being a spectator is equally as fun: all those experienced and less experienced water skiers who try to stay upright. Heerhugowaard has recently added a modern marina and is now able to serve water sports enthusiasts. This makes Heerhugowaard a city full of opportunities, with a suitable way for any visitor to spend the day.