There are more roads to Veenhuizen than there used to be. While the penal colony of Veenhuizen once could only be reached by water, the village is now easily accessible. Although you do still need to ‘discover’ it. If you drive past on the provincial road, at most you will see a few stately buildings and pedantic mottos out of the corner of your eye: Werk en Bid (Work and Pray), Huis en Haard (Hearth and Home), Humaniteit (Humanity), Werken is Leven (Work is Life).
Only when you enter the village with its monuments, straight lanes and ‘junction canals’ (the side canals of waterways in the peat colonies) it becomes clear how unique Veenhuizen is, and how much there is to see and do.