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Along the river Amstel
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Uithoorn is a village just South of Amsterdam at the border of the Amstel river. When you enter the village from Amstelveen you see blocks of appartment buildings. Luckely there is more beside these highrisers.

Uithoorn (Outer Corner) dates from the Middle Ages. It was a piece of land between the Zijdelmeer lake and the Amstel river. The marshes South of Amsterdam were used for peat digging and many lakes were created in this way. In the 18th and 19th century the lakes were transformed into polders, like the Bovenkerkerpolder, the Thamerbinnenpolder the Noorder Legmeer and the Zuider Legmeer. Farming developped the area.

Connections to Uithoorn improved in 1915 with a railroad from Haarlem to Nieuwersluis and in 1942 with the road from Haarlem to Hilversum.

After the second World War Uithoorn developped fast pushed by the economical growth of the South Amsterdam region (Shiphol Airport and Aalsmeer flowers). In 50 years the numbers of inhabitants quadrupled to almost 30.000.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Still an oasis at the Amstel river
  • Cons:Pressure of the ever growing regional growth
  • In a nutshell:The outer corner of the South Amsterdam region
  • Last visit to Uithoorn: Apr 2015
  • Intro Updated Apr 5, 2015
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