Ens Things to Do
Ever visited a former Island!
The museum tells you all about the former Island Schokland, from prehistorical artifacts to how the people lived on the island and how the surrounding sea became land.
From 1 april to 31 october
from Tuesday to Sunday
(july and august also on mondays)
from 11.00 to 17.00 hrs.
-Adults € 2,50
-Children 6-12 € 1,80
-Seniors 65+ € 1,80
All buildings are new, even the churches
The fact that this land only excists for a few decades now, makes everything rather new. Buildings do not have monumental status or look historical in any way. This is quite strange for many, including myself. Roads in the polders are made so that they for a chessboard within the frame of the outer polder lines. Towns are growing however steadily and maybe once (long long from now) these churches will even have a historical view themselves. That is ... if the water doesn;t take back that what was taken from it by us Dutch.
The surroundings with some pleasant...
The surroundings of the museum offer two guided walkingtrails that follow the old coastal shores of the island of Schokland. It goes along sites where remains of the setllements can be seen. The most impressive however is the nature that is here on the bottom of the sea (that is now dry land). The agricultural grounds are impressive, especially for Dutch standards. Fields and acres are a lot bigger then in the "old" land of The Netherlands. The new lands were also mend at first as agricultural grounds. Now-a-days also the villages and towns here expand rapidly and agriculture is changing from more rough arable land to finer products. Flowerfields are on the rise here and maybe in future the tourists will anyway find their way to this part of The Netherlands (as the traditional flowerbulbfield-area's are endangered by the growing cities of Haarlem, Amsterdam, The Hague and Hoofddorp, as well as the airport Schiphol).
Only by car this museum can be reached
On the road from Urk (see my Urk-page) to Kampen and Zwolle, one drives along the Schokland-museum. It is clearly pointed out on the roadsigns and a small parking shows that not many visitors come here daily. Still, the terrain around is quite impresive. Fields and acres until the horizon and long straight roads that are quiet and peaceful.
Ens Local Customs
The little details that make up the "New...
Look around sharply and find out little differences with the main land. The new polders are quite different from the old land and have there own tradition. A small example is what you find on top of the churchtowers. No, it's not the traditional rooster, but always something that has a connection with the sea. A boat, a fish or some legendary seagod.
Cows, well very special cows
No, these cows are not painted or influenced by gen-terrapy. It's just a long time or cross-sexing to reach the wished for effect. No, there are no zebra's involved in that, but it's quite funny to see and many tourists do like this little speciality of Dutch cattle-programs. That's the reason why one often sees them near museums or touristic places (though Schokland-museum is definately not the "Zaansche Schans".
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Ens Off The Beaten Path
This IS off the beaten path
Most tourists will never know about Flevoland and 99,9% never will see anything from the Noord-Oost-Polder. Few will travel to Urk, but if there will be any visiting Ens on former Schokland ... I don't know. Anyway, Ens and Schokland-museum are intresting, yet totally off the beaten track. Also because one can only reach it by car or the not that frequently driving bus that has a stop here (in the middle of nowhere).
Still worth the attention on VT
Favorite thing: Schokland, Ens ... obviously no-one ever heared of it or went there or is going to visit this place. But the history is there and the museum shows you why this place is worth mentioning here on VT. So that someone who will get intrested will know where to find it and that it's there in the first place. Schokland offers not only the museum, but also to natural walks that follows the former coastline of the island and shows how nature developped in such isolated place.