Nij Beets

Nij Beets is a young village in the region, founded by peatland workers and which was founded during the peat exploitation around 1860. The village is located where the old village of Beets formerly lay.

Nij Beets is a young village in the region, founded by peatland workers and which was founded during the peat exploitation period around 1860.  The village is located where the old village of Beets formerly lay.

The pitiful working, housing and living conditions of the workers bred fierce social conflict. In Nij Beets, you can see the history of peat cutting with your own eyes in the Damshûs. The museum gives visitors a lively and active way of experiencing how peat was excavated, and how the peatland workers lived and worked in the period from 1863 to around 1920. The museum also gives you an idea of the changes which occurred in the landscape due to peat cutting.

The Polderhoofdkanaal runs through the village, and the opening of this canal in July 2015 created a link between the Turfroute and De Âlde Feanen National Park.  Boat trips are organised from the Damshûs and the Sudergemaal.  The Lytse Turfbok takes trips to the café-restaurant Pier's Hiem.  The Lytse Turfbok is an old, restored wooden boat, with which peat was transported in the past.  This boat trip takes place along the Polderhoofdkanaal to the picturesque lower reaches of the Alddjip (Koningsdiep) river. From the Sudergemaal, the boat takes a trip along a stretch of the Turfroute in the direction of De Deelen.  De Deelen is a beautiful nature reserve, which was created due to peat exploitation in the area.  From Damshûs, you can also walk through the original peat exploitation area in the vicinity of Nij Beets.

Life in Nij Beets is good. The village is home to a relatively large number of young families with children and young people. Nij Beets is a village for both young and old.

You can find more information about Nij Beets on www.nijbeets.info.