Going out

The brocante Bed & Breakfast Catherina Hoeve is an excellent location to relax for a couple of days. Plenty of sites to visit, things to do. And why not end the day with a visit to one of the many fine restaurants that this area has to offer:

Groet: Restaurant Duingroet
Groet: Lekker Puh Eten & Drinken

Petten: Strandpaviljoen Zee & Zo

Burgerbrug: Eetcafé Halfweg
Burgerbrug: Dinner Events

Alkmaar

Alkmaar, “Cheese City”, has a beautiful old town with canals and a large shopping area. Alkmaar is located 15 kilometers south of our B&B.
During the summer there is a weekly cheese market.

Den Helder

Den Helder is the location of the largest dutch Navy base. It is also a major hub for off shore activities at this side of the North Sea.
To visit the island of Texel, take the ferry, which leaves from the harbour of Den Helder every hour in the summer (schedule). It is a hort (half hour) trip which brings you to the first and largest of a string of islands that encompasses the “Waddenzee”, a Unesco World Heritage site.

Schagen

During the summer months, Schagen, 10 kilometers north of Burgerbrug, is host to the West-Friese Folklore, where costumes, plays and displays bring you back to the old days. Well worth a visit. Schagen also has an important regional role and has lots of interesting sites and shops. The central market place offers fine restaurants and bars.

Cycling or hiking

Whether by bike or on foot, there are many beautiful landscapes to discover around Burgerbrug.

Schoorlse Duinen (Dunes of Schoorl); Discover the highest and widest hill climbing sand dunes in The Netherlands. More than 60 kilometers of hiking and cycling paths are waiting for you to discover one of the most beautiful nature reserves in The Netherlands.

De Hondsbosse Duinen; It took two years, between 2014  and 2015, and a lot of effort, but the result is stunning: to anticipate the rising sea levels the the old dike was not simply made higher, but instead was covered with new dunes and a new beach is created. The result is a better protection of the land and an amazing recreational area. Take a bike to cycle along the new dunes or just take a (long) walk along the beach. Start in Petten, end in Camperduin and enjoy the new laguna. Or start in Camperduin and end in Petten with a well-deserved visit to Zee&Zo.

Nature reserve “Zwanenwater” (Swan lake); Swan lake is a large and unique nature reserve, well worth a visit. It is located south of Callantsoog.

West Friese Omringdijk;  This dike was build round 400 years ago to protect the area from floods. It was a major undertaking at the time and walking along any part of the dike now, it still leaves a lasting impression. The dike is largely intact and can be walked, cycled or driven by car for most of it’s length.

Walking around Burgerbrug: In and around Burgerbrug you will find walking routes that will lead you along and over farmers land. Be aware that you are a guest on their land.

Mountainbiking: you will find one of the best mountainbike trials in the country in the dunes of Schoorl. 

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The coast of Noord-Holland

Brocante Bed & Breakfast Catherina Hoeve in Burgerbrug is situated at 4 kilometer from the coastal town of Petten, where you can relax on the beach, have a drink or a snack (or even diner) at Beach pavilion Zee & Zo.
A visit to the Hondsbossche Zeewering is a must. This 5,5 km long dike protected the land behind it for centuries. It was build after a flood broke through the dunes in the Middle Ages and has been breached and rebuild many times in the past. The dike is still there but is now covered by newly created dunes.
Also worth a visit is Bergen, which is situated behind the dunes, 12 kilometers south of Burgerbrug. Bergen is a rustique village with lots of artists, interesting shops and excellent restaurants.
Between Bergen and the sea one of the most beautiful nature reserves of the Netherlands is situatied: the “Schoorlse Duinen” (Dunes of Schoorl). Many kilometers of hiking and cycling paths lead through unique areas. In short, much to do, much to see and much to enjoy.