Bergen is over 1000 years old. The village centre was created around the ruin church from the fifteenth century. Bergen and Bergen aan Zee are not only known for nature, but also because of the fact that many writers and visual artists have found their inspiration. Even today, Bergen still bears the honour title ‘ Art Village ‘, by the numerous galleries, exhibitions, art markets, museums and music performances.
In the summer, artistic markets take place around the ruin church. Famous is also the so-called Kunsttiendaagse, in October, a series of auctions, exhibitions and performances.
The centre of Bergen is characterised by its many cosy terraces, restaurants, cafés and a special shopping offer. Especially in summer, but also outside the high season it is very busy. Bergen offers Beach entertainment in Bergen aan Zee and hiking and cycling pleasure in the woods and dunes also swimming and sports facilities in de Beeck, a covered complex on the outskirts of the village.
The three egmonds are attractive all year round, both for sporting outside people and for visitors who love peace, beauty, culture and history. In Egmond the abbey attracts visitors from far and wide. And in the beautiful historical nucleus of Egmond aan den Hoef lie the foundations of what was once the cleanest and largest castle of Holland.
Egmond aan Zee has a history as a fishing village, which changed in the early 19th century into a delightful place to celebrate holidays. It is still a cosy family resort where young and old feel at home, where it is lively, but the tranquillity of nature always close by.
The city of Alkmaar is about 5 km away. Sail through the canals and see the monumental canal houses. Visit the Alkmaar cheese market every Friday morning from the first Friday in April to the first Friday in September. Time: 10:00 to 12:30 hours. (Location: Waag square.)