Land of Dik Trom

Visit the Land of Dik Trom with its children’s book museum, Het Schooltje van Dik Trom (The Little Dik Trom School) and visitors centre De Breek with the  windmill museum in the Etersheimerbraak polder. The lowest point of North Holland – more than 6.5 metres under sea level – lies in that polder.

The Zuiderzee dyke is known here as the Keuken dyke, probably after the family kitchens of the shabby cottages that stood along the dyke. It is not known how old this dyke is, but the first reports about the dyke date from 1396. In the past, what is now the village of Etersheim lay more to the East, on the mouth of the Ooster Ee. Old documents show the church of Etersheim outside the dyke. In 1630, after several floods, the population decided to build a new village and church inside the dykes.

The Land of Dik Trom consists of a children’s book museum, Het Schooltje van Dik Trom, Visitors Centre De Breek, organic farm De Klaverhoeve, the little church of Etersheim (Bed and Breakfast) and the Dik Trom path.

The Dik Trom path

See the lowest area of the Old Holland National Landscape for yourself.

This rambling route passes through the lowest lying polder in North Holland, more than 6 metres below sea level! Various packages are offered, with an enthusiastic guide to tell you the history of its genesis, the influence of the water and man’s interventions on this landscape.

In Etersheim, stroll past the former public primary school. In 1883, Mr C. Joh. Kieviet was appointed headmaster here. Dissatisfied with the children’s literature of the time, he thought up  Dik Trom. He wrote  a chapter a day of the first Dik Trom book "The life of Dik Trom" in a school notebook. This book became the best read children’s book in The Netherlands.

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