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Enkhuizen

Enkhuizen was one of the most prosperous cities in the Netherlands in the 17th century. It gained power and influence as a member of the Dutch East India Company (VOC). Today, you can remind yourself of Enkhuizen's rich history with a walk through the old city, with its many villas, channels, churches, city walls and harbors.

 

Below you will find just some of the wonderful attractions and activities Enkhuizen has to offer.

 

Nederland

During the Golden Age, Enkhuizen recorded even more residents than today. The city defense gate, known as Drommedaris (from 1540), the Waag building (1559), the Zuiderkerk and the classical town hall are testimonies to the prosperity of the past.

In addition to this, there’s also an idyllic old city with historic buildings, where pretty shops and cozy restaurants have set up home today.

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22/03/2020

Culinairy Beer Tour Enkhuizen


Attractions

Zuiderzee Museum

Zuiderzee Museum

The Zuiderzee Museum in Enkhuizen brings to life the stories of the people who used to live by the former Zuiderzee sea. See, hear, feel and taste life as it was by the sea before the Afsluitdijk great barrier dam changed it into the IJsselmeer lake in 1932. The museum focuses on the area's history, current status and future. The themes of water, crafts and communities take central stage. The stories are visualised in both the historical buildings of the outdoor museum and the thematic exhibitions at the indoor museum.

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Wierdijk 12, Enkhuizen, Nederland

Accessability: the Museum is wheelchair friendly

Distance from harbor

2 km, 15 min

3 km, 10 min

3 km, 10 min

Distance to the harbour: within walking distance - the museum can also be reached by ferry (tickets from the tourist information office by the ferry piers)

Town walk and tourist information office

Town walk and tourist information office

A town walk is the most informative way to explore Enkhuizen. A town walk map and information booklet is available from the tourist information office, but you can also book a guided walk.

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Stationsplein 2, 1601 EN Enkhuizen, Nederland

Accessability: the route is accessible to those who have difficulty walking

Distance from harbor

The guide can come to your pier and start the walk from there

Bottled Ships Museum

Bottled Ships Museum

The Enkhuizen Bottled Ships Museum is a unique Westfrisian museum. It is located in the fine 17th-century Sluice Gate House built over the outlet sluice near the Drommerdaris tower. It houses the world's largest collection of ships in bottles in all shapes and sizes from all over the world. Immerse yourself in the magic of the tiny ship in the bottle and experience its voyage through the neck of the bottle into its home port. With a permanent video presentation as well as regular live presentations, you will soon know all there is to know about the craft.

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Zuiderspui 1, Enkhuizen, Nederland

Distance from harbor

700 m, 9 min

The route is accessible to those who have difficulty walking

Canal Cruise

Canal Cruise

Enkhuizen is more than a fishing town on the former Zuiderzee sea. The town also has a historic farmers' district with numerous waterways that connected the town farms with the farmlands in the polder. An Enkhuizen canal cruise will show you all around.

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Oude Gracht 1, Enkhuizen, Nederland

Distance from harbor

900 m, 10 min

Zuiderkerk church

Zuiderkerk church

The 15th-century St. Pancras or Zuiderkerk church is a unique listed building in the centre of the historic town of Enkhuizen. The striking tower is connected to a beautiful church building where many cultural-historical treasures can be admired. The oldest wooden painted ceilings in the Netherlands, the monumental organ from the 16th century, the tombstones and the murals are definitely worth a visit.

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Zuiderkerksteeg 1, Enkhuizen, Nederland

Distance from harbor

500m, 5 min

Drommedaris Tower

Drommedaris Tower

Since times immemorial, the southern town gate has been referred to as Drommedaris which translates into 'dromedary'. The gate was built in 1540 as part of the medieval walls around the town to defend the town and harbour. The clear sounds of its Hemony clocks sound every 15 minutes. In this day and age, the tower houses a cultural centre with a café, theatre and cinema.

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Paktuinen 1, Enkhuizen, Nederland

Distance from harbor

500m, 5 min

Approximately 5 minutes on foot from the cruise piers

Snouck van Loosen Park

Snouck van Loosen Park

The park, a social housing project funded by the Snouck van Loosen family legacy, dates from 1897 and is located on land that used to be a harbour. A condition for the construction of the park was that the project was to be realised by residents of the town of Enkhuizen only. The project gardens were constructed in two styles. The gardens to the west are in the English landscape style - lovely, watery and playful. The eastern gardens are typically French - neat, symmetrical and ordered.

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Snouck van Loosenpark 1, Enkhuizen, Nederland

Distance from harbor

500mm 5 min

Enkhuizen Almanack Museum

Enkhuizen Almanack Museum

Presented here is the history of the world's oldest almanack that is still published to this very day. The museum is located in a former ice house of the fish auction and market.

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Havenweg 3a, Enkhuizen, Nederland

Distance from harbor

500m, 5 min

Town hall

Town hall

The town hall of Enkhuizen was built between 1686 and 1688 to a design by architect Steven Vennekool. It bears a striking resemblance to the palace on Dam Square in Amsterdam.

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Breedstraat 53, Enkhuizen, Nederland

Distance from harbor

1km, 15 min

Weighhouse

Weighhouse

The Weighhouse in Enkhuizen is one of the few surviving examples of the early Renaissance in the Northern Netherlands. The weighing mechanism in the hall on the ground floor is still there. As of 1636, the surgeon's room was located on the first floor, as well as the meeting and lecture room for the surgeons' guild.

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Waagstraat 1, Enkhuizen, Nederland

Distance from harbor

1km, 15 min

Westfrisian Mint

Westfrisian Mint

This building's richly decorated façade includes the Enkhuizen en Westfrisian coats of arms. Coins were minted alternately (every 12 years) in Hoorn, Medemblik and Enkhuizen. In 1794, the last coin was minted in Enkhuizen.

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Westerstraat 125, Enkhuizen, Nederland

Distance from harbor

1km, 15 min

Farmers District

Farmers District

This town district emerged after the second town expansion around 1600. For many years, the district with gardens and summer houses formed a refuge for wealthy citizens. The farmers gradually took possession of the area as of 1850. The last town farmer has long left the town, but the district still oozes the rural character.

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Oude Gracht, Enkhuizen, Nederland

Distance from harbor

1km, 15 min

Sow to Grow Museum

Sow to Grow Museum

This interactive museum provides insight into seed production and trade - from collection and breeding to multiplication, improving and marketing. The visitor also learns about the seed industry in the Netherlands and the diversity of jobs that the companies have to offer. Socially relevant topics such as biodiversity, biotechnology, protection of intellectual property, seed disinfection, etc. are highlighted as well.

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Westerstraat 111, Enkhuizen, Nederland

Accessability: The route is accessible to those who have difficulty walking

Distance from harbor

1km, 11 min

Within walking distance of the harbour

Westerkerk church

Westerkerk church

The Saint Gomarus or Westerkerk church is a 3-aisled hall church whose construction started around the year 1470. The original building plan must have included a tower at the western end of the main aisle, but the tower was never realised. A freestanding wooden clock tower was erected to the east of the church in 1533 or later, which is still standing strong. The church has never lost its character. Special attractions are its choir screen (1547), pulpit (1566), organ (1549) and library. The tombstone covered floor is also very interesting.

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Westerstraat 138, 1601 AN Enkhuizen, Nederland

Accessability: The route is accessible to those who have difficulty walking

Distance from harbor

1km, 15 min

Within walking distance

Town Gaol

Town Gaol

Next to the town hall stands a tall, narrow and remarkably crooked building: the town's gaol. The cells are still intact, and some instruments of torture serve as a reminder of their inmates' cruel fates.

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Breedstraat 53, Enkhuizen, Nederland

Accessability: The route is accessible to those who have difficulty walking

Distance from harbor

1km, 15 min

Harbour