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Medemblik

In the centre of tranquility and space lies Medemblik, the oldest city of West-Friesland. The present and past lie fraternally beside each other in the harbour at Medemblik. History tells a story of the battle against but also prosperity thanks to the water.  The historical centre is full of warehouses, canalside houses and the prominent Radboud Castle, you will feel transported to bygone days. In addition to Radboud Castle the Bakery Museum ‘De Oude Bakkerij’ and the Steam Engine Museum are worth a visit. And the Steam Train comes to Medemblik railway station during the season. To this day, the town is teaming with liveliness and activities. The city centre is surprisingly complete for its small size. You'll find plenty of cute shops, operated by enthusiastic shopkeepers. Modern yachts and historical ships from the brown fleet moor in the contemporary harbours in the old town centre. You can get a good view of the activity on the water as you sit on one of the terraces. Medemblik has no less than three large harbours in the centre.

 

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

Nederland

In the direct surroundings and part of Medemblik you will find the typical Dutch landscapes and picturesque villages. Monumental village Twisk is one of the most beautiful villages in West-Friesland. The Dorpsweg, a 2 km long street, is a true gem with gorgeous monumental and iconic buildings. The village boasts 71 authentic Haubargs. The oldest ones were built in the 17th century. Plan your cycling route through Twisk or drive there for a hike in the area where you can also see the tulipfields in spring.

Attractions

Package tour “The Golden age”

Package tour “The Golden age”

The Golden Age has left its marks in the old city centre of Medemblik and the surrounding villages. The architectural history of the typical Haubargs dates back to the seventeenth century. The arrangement consists of a hospitable reception with coffee and a local treat, followed by a hike to Emmapark. Here you will board an authentic horticulturist’s barge for a tour that will take you to the historic village of Opperdoes. The skipper will tell you all about the surrounding area and the ‘Zeevarende Beurs’ [a type of insurance for skippers] founded in 1635 in the village.

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Gedempt Achterom 8, 1671 AG Medemblik, Nederland

Maximum amount of visitors: 40

Distance from harbor

1

500m, 8 min

Medemblik’s historical centre / Citywalking-tour

Medemblik’s historical centre / Citywalking-tour

Medemblik is the smallest and oldest town of West-Friesland. History tells a story of the battle against but also prosperity thanks to the water. You can take walk through the town and still admire the Golden Age monuments such as House the “Scheve Huis” with iconic seventeenth century stair-step gable. The historic city centre is surprisingly complete for its small size. You'll find plenty of cute shops, operated by enthusiastic shopkeepers. Take a lovely stroll down the old town, in the park and alongside the marinas. It is possible to do a tour with or without a guide.

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Gedempt Achterom 8, Medemblik, Nederland

Distance from harbor

500m, 8 min walk

Just a short walk from the ship

Bakery Museum De Oude Bakkerij

Bakery Museum De Oude Bakkerij

In the 13th century, Count Floris V had a burrow constructed in Medemblik, by the Almere, the present-day IJsselmeer. The burrow was part of a series of five bastions intended to keep the rebellious West-Frisians under control. The only castle that still stands today, is the castle in Medemblik. When you visit Radboud Castle, a gorgeous wall carpet will show you why Floris V constructed the castle.

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Nieuwstraat 8, Medemblik, Nederland

Accessability: The groundfloor in the museum is accessible to wheelchairs and there is a toilet accessible to wheelchairs. The firstfloor you can only reach with stairs.

Distance from harbor

500m, 8 min

Bonifacius church

Bonifacius church

The church is a late Gothic hall church with three aisles. The Southern aisle shares a roof with the nave. The church floor was raised in 1639, most likely to create more room for graves. As a result, the foundations of the pillars beneath the present church floor have disappeared. In 1866 the church was reduced by about 20 metres due to deterioration. Both choirs on the east-side and an extension on the north-side were demolished. Eight stained windows located in the choir disappeared as a result. One window is known to have ended up in a mansion at Guernsey. In 1902 the church was renovated once again, where the walls were plastered with Portland cement.

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Breedstraat 26, Medemblik, Nederland

Accessability: The church is accessible for wheelchairs.

Distance from harbor

700 m, 10 min

Meelmolen De Herder

Meelmolen De Herder

Are you curious about the old technology and operation of flour mill ‘de Herder’, and do you also want to see the almost 200-meter tall mega windmill ‘de Ambtenaar’ in operation up close and personal?
We offer a unique arrangement including a professional tour of both mills and clear Power Point presentations.
In addition, you will get a cup of coffee or tea and delicious home-made apple pie twice.

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Westerdijk 3, Medemblik, Nederland

Accessability: The buildings are partially accessible for wheelchairs

Distance from harbor

550 m, 7mim

Radboud Castle

Radboud Castle

In the 13th century, Count Floris V had a burrow constructed in Medemblik, by the Almere, the present-day IJsselmeer. The burrow was part of a series of five bastions intended to keep the rebellious West-Frisians under control. The only castle that still stands today, is the castle in Medemblik. When you visit Radboud Castle, a gorgeous wall carpet will show you why Floris V constructed the castle. Various animations will explain how the medieval people used to live, what they ate, how they made clothes, waged wars and built castles. Children will enjoy the visit as well. A scavenger hunt will help them discover the castle and be amazed about how people used to live in a medieval castle. Also possible for coffee/cake or lunch.

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Waterkeringpad 52, Medemblik, Nederland

Distance from harbor

1,5 km, 18 min

1,5 km, 8 min

1,5 km 4 min

1,5 km 5 min

Dutch Steam engine museum

Dutch Steam engine museum

A former steam pumping station by the IJsselmeer houses the Nederlands Stoommachinemuseum. This museum in Medemblik is the ideal place for discovering what can be accomplished with water and fire!
During steam days, the kettle is fired up, allowing all the machines to run. You'll hear the steam engines huff and puff, feel the heat and smell the oil. The museum has the largest collection of working steam engines under one roof. But the collection continues outside as well.

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Oosterdijk 4, Medemblik, Nederland

Accessability: The museum is accessible to wheelchairs.

Distance from harbor

2,5 km, 30 min

2,1 km, 7 min

2,1 km, 5 min

2,1 km, 5 min

On Wednesdays (during holidays) and Sundays, a smith is present who will light up the fire in our smithy, built in 1869.

Monumental villages Twisk and Opperdoes

Monumental villages Twisk and Opperdoes

Along a far stretching brick road nineteenth century homes and old bell-jar farms with peculiar pyramid shaped roofs line the picturesque central road of the West-Frisian town of Twisk. Monumental village Twisk is one of the most beautiful villages in West-Friesland. The Dorpsweg, a 2 km long street, is a true gem with gorgeous monumental and iconic buildings. The village boasts 71 authentic Haubargs. The oldest ones were built in the 17th century.

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Dorpsweg, Twisk, Nederland

Maximum amount of visitors: 24

Accessability: Citytours is not accessible for wheelchairs.

Distance from harbor

5 km, 10 min

start point for the city tour 8 min walk from the ship

Tulip-excursion

Tulip-excursion

UNIQUE in Holland: excursion in the tulip green houses of Siem Munster in the town Slootdorp! In the green houses over 1.000.000 tulips can be shown, in different phases of growth, in many species and colours. A beautiful sight! Yellow, red, pink, white, flamed, every week new species.This is the 1st tulip green house in the Netherlands which opens her doors for groups on holiday or societies on a daytrip. This excursion is covered, which means also ideal in bad weather! And can be booked during a day out in winter or spring time.

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Wierweg 7, Slootdorp, Nederland

Distance from harbor

14 km, 15 min

14 km, 15 min

It is possible to combine a visit to the tulip excursion with a trip on the steam train.

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