Volendam, the most recognised fishing village in the Netherlands, just second behind Amsterdam is a real tourist tempter spectacle.
It is famous not only for its traditional costumes (seen in shop-windows of the gift shops), tasty smoked eel, but also for its picturesque fisherman’s cottages and folklore, as well.
Behind the dike the Doolhof with its tiny, plan-free narrow alleys can be explored. With its sightseeings it tempts tourists, dating back to almost 1875.
Lace, Royal Delftware and wooden clogs are the most popular souvenirs sold in some of the many gift shops.
There are organized half-day or full-day excursion there from Amsterdam - these tours visit also to a cheese markt (Kaasmarkt Edam), a clogmaker shop and to a working windmill somewhere in the nearby Katwoude and the tiny fishing village Marken.
Walking on its narrow streets possibly only the shape of the houses seem to be original. The heat-insulated doors and windows, the tiled roofs are rather the accessories of the modern age. The only real things here maybe the sea, the fish market, and the trawlers in the harbour, which form a lively centre.
The Volendam VVV on Zeestraat 37 is the visitors center, where you get all the information about hotels, restaurants, attractions.
Direction by car: A10, S116, N247 Volendam
After a few hours in Volendam we decided to visit Marken. We chose the bus rather than the ferry trip as only 2 days earlier we had arrived in Amsterdam via a 14 day river cruise from Budapest.
We walked back to the Volendam Tourist Office (earlier tip) and asked for directions. They told us to take the bus to Monnichendam from the stop opposite the Tourist office. Then change at Monnichendam to the 311 bus which will take us to Marken.
The buses were regular, with a 10 minute wait at M for the #311 bus. The whole trip took approx 40 minutes and gave us a nice view of the countryside, houses, farmlands etc.
I was taken to this quaint fishing village by a Dutch friend on my first visit Holland in 1996. It is located north of Amsterdam
The village is a throw back to a prior past of fishing and wooden shoes. The houses and some of the people look as they may have 200 years ago. In one of the shops an artisan can be seen carving wooden shoes by hand.
If you just want to spend a nice day trip outside, have a visit in the typical nearby villages. We took the regional bus from Central Station, and reached Monnichedam. This is a very nice little village, typical houses, boats on the canal and silent quiet narrow streets. I recommend it as it does not seem to be touristic at all, so what is better to have a drink in a characteristic pub?
After two hours in Monnickedam we took the bus to Marken. I was told about this village being tiny and nice and it was, houses are typical and much more coloured (it looks too much almost fake surrounding, to be true...), but there are more tourists than Monnickedam. Just an advice: dont try to buy bus tickets to the way back here as the post office is closed and souvenir shops dont sell them!). It is very nice from Marken to sit and have a view of the small harbour. From here we took the boat to Volendam (4 Eur, nice 30 min. trip) (see my travelogue). I love Volendam, along the pier you find a lot of souvenir shops (cheaper than A`dam), but the village is kept very realistically typical (unlike Marken) and you find nice little canals, and a market too.
Using the new bus terminal behind Centraal Station, you can pay the driver 7 euros for a Waterland ticket, which is a get on/get off system that visits many of the towns northeast of Amsterdam, one of which is Volendam. Not very big around the harbor and easy to stroll---
only about 30 minutes from A'Dam---then you can go on to Edam, Hoorn, Marken and other seaside towns, all for the 7 euro ticket. Saw some folk in the harbor getting on a tour boat for a tour of the bay, I guess. The bus ticket is a really good deal and recommended.
We travelled to Volendam by local bus and it terminated outside the Volendam Tourist Centre.
First stop visit the Tourist Centre and pick up a local map. Also ask for a bus timetable for the trip Volendam to Marken - the bus stop is opposite the Tourist Centre.
From the Tourist Centre it is an easy 10 minute walk to Volendam fishing village and marina.
The Tourist Centre provides free toilets.
A beautiful town which still retains much of its "fishing village" past, although it now relies on the tourist trade and the shops, restaurants and cafes focus on satisfying the demands of the 21st century traveller.
The original village buildings are very attractive being painted in bright colours maintained well.
After walking through the village and my wife visiting every craft and souvenir shop we rested with a coffee and enjoyed the excellent view over the ferry wharf. We later walked further along the promenade to the marina and admired the beautiful boats. There were several traditional fishing boats on display.
Volendam is a beautiful old fishing village located a short drive from Amsterdam. The tourist industry promotes Volendam in it brochures with coach tours.
We visited using the local bus service and arrived around 10:30 am before the crowds arrived. It was nice to wander around on a sunny morning taking our photos, looking through the local shops, enjoying a coffee with a marina view etc.
Close to midday the tourist coaches arrived, people everywhere, not so nice!
Recommend you arrive early.
The wharf is located in the centre of the waterfront with many cafes and restaurants overlooking it. There appears to be several ferries operating from this wharf, nice looking ferries with upper deck providing excellent position for taking photos.
We did not take the ferry to Markem but went by bus. Reason being our arrival into Amsterdam was by river cruise, 14 nights budapest to Amsterdam and we thought the bus would provide a view of the local farmlands and perhaps a windmill.
Volendam makes a great day trip . Its a really beautiful area down at the harbour, especially if its a nice sunny day. Its great just to stroll around and I would recommend sitting eating a relaxing lunch on the harbour wall if its a good day! It is very touristy but you can see people there in traditional national costume
Join a 1-day excursion to visit the kewl fishing village of VOLENDAM.
Photo: This is what happens when all the tourists are gone for the day! What's left of this place are the deserted cobbled lanes and near-empty souvenir shops!! (See pic below).
Volendam is a picture-perfect village about 20 miles North East of Amsterdam which has been around for more than six centuries There are narrow canals and old drawbridges, quaint houses and wonderful little harbour which makes this village quite charming and a delight to explore.
The town was once a flouring fishing village but tourism is now the principal economic factor. The harbour was sealed off as part of an inland lake.
This is one of the 3 or 4 places in Volendam that you can dress up in vintage costumes and have your photo made---saw many tourists waiting for this shop to open and the photos in the window were hilarious---looks like a lot of hokey fun.
There are some wonderful quaint little shops and cafes in and around the streets of Volendam. During holidays and on the Volendammerdijk many of the locals still wear their traditional costumes I believe.
This is really the most delightful little town and we had all too brief a stop off here
A twenty minute bus ride from CS. It's a pretty village (too pretty maybe) much visited by coaches etc, but well worth a couple of hours. We visited because we'd heard that Volendam were playing football that afternoon, as it happened they played the night before. This happens to me too often but do your research before you go!!
Never mind several bars and a good meal kept us entertained.