Abbenes: a unique polder village in Haarlemmermeer

Abbenes is a small village between Nieuw-Vennep and Buitenkaag, located on the Hoofdvaart. In the Haarlemmermeer, there was an island of the same name that has disappeared over time, giving this polder village its name. There are five special monuments in this beautiful village, including the grave of doctor and writer J.P. Heije who spent his final years in Abbenes. Additionally, you can discover a stork's nest and a lush pick-your-own garden.
Restaurant van Lowietje aan de Kaag aan het water.

Stork of Abbenes 

In Haarlemmermeer, each town is characterized by an iconic building. You can recognize Abbenes by a stork's nest. This stork's nest is located on the property of Anton Zekveld, a fruit nursery on the Ringvaart near Huigsloot. ‘The stork comes every evening. At 8 o'clock it lands on its nest, chatters with its beak and then polishes its feathers', says Zekveld. 

Monuments in Abbenes 

In 2009 there were no fewer than five different monuments in Abbenes. Three special farms are included here: Andreas Hoeve, Vondel's Landleeuw, and Meerhof. There’s also the church building of the Dutch Reformed Church and the grave of the nineteenth-century physician and writer J.P. Heije. He was the author of well-known Dutch children's songs and spent the last years of his life in Abbenes. 

Pick your own fruits & veggies in Abbenes 

You can pick your own fresh fruit and vegetables in the Van Reeuwijk picking garden during the summer. This is a great activity for the kids! Afterward, you can prepare a tasty meal with your fresh harvest. You receive a picking basket with trays and instructions on what to pick. Then you are ready to enter the picking garden and get started. From strawberries and raspberries to blackcurrants: the selection is wide. Additionally, you will find the most beautiful flowers from Abbenes in the shop. 

Whether you come to admire one of the five monuments or to collect a basket full of fresh fruit, Abbenes is definitely worth a visit!