There has been a church at this place since 1642. The church was completely rebuilt in 1840, using material from the old church.The church is located about 100m inland from the dike, on the road next to hotel-restaurant De Oude Taveerne (http://www.deoudetaveerne.nl/). The Chapel in the village (see my Durgerdam page) should not be mistaken for the...more
The Goudriaan route, a hike of about 12 km, starts and finishes just outside the village Durgerdam, close to the wind turbine. There is a big parking. The hike is marked with blue stickers with "Goudriaan route", see the pictures. Actually, the description of the hike says it is 12 km, but it seemed to be more like 10 km to us.The hike goes along...more
Nature surrounds Durgerdam. Wetlands that attract an enormous amount of birds form a natural reserve where they feed on enormous amounts of natural foodreserves. Birdwatchers do enjoy this "waterland" that surrounds Durgerdam especially and many species of our feathered friends can be seen here.more
Sailing (and other watersports) is the number one attraction that Durgerdam offers the people that do not only come for the peace and quiet that this small village under Amsterdam offers. Along the dike on which Durgerdam is situated long wooden boardwalks are full with sailboats of every seize. In the lake some "Skutsjes" are floating, the most...more
Durgerdam is THE Amsterdam attraction if you want to get out of the city-business and noise. This rather unknown part of Amsterdam is just a half hour (public) bus tour away from the centre or a 20 minutes drive and will take you in with a smile. the friendly village along the dike is on one end looking over wide wetlands and on the other side over...more
This typical Dutch "brown café" serves drinks and simple food for lunch and dinner. It is along the dike (like everything else - haha) and has a terras that looks over the water of the Marker Meer (meer = lake). great to enjoy in the sun and see the boats go by.
Durgerdam is enclosed on all side by Amsterdam. From the landside, Amsterdam's skyline is visible over the wetlands that form a last defense against the high rised buildings that approach steadily. Even from the waterside Durgerdam has to reckon with Amsterdam closing in. Here the new created islands are filled with large blocks and come into view from the small village along the dike. How long will it take before Durgerdam is surrounded and truely becomes a part of Amsterdam.
In Durgerdam, across the Oude Taveerne (cafe-restaurant), an oldfashioned "Schandpaal" stands on the dike. This item used to be for criminals and was used to publically show their failures. With head and hands locked in it, people were allowed to throw anything against the bad guy or girl. Now-a-days it's a funny thing to make pictures, but the...more
Though now-a-days many cityfolk live in Durgerdam (tose who can afford it), the village used to be a traditional fishermen's village. Fishermen, daily endangered by the sea and the weatherconditions, were very firm believers and the church was truely the middlepoint of society. The church in Durgerdam is still the middelpoint of the strangely...more
Amsterdam is well known and offers an immens variety in entertainment and attractions. The Dutch capitol needs many days to be explored and maybe Durgerdam doesn;t fit inside this hectic program. Dut still, when you are interested to get out for a moment and maybe need a bit of peace and quiet, then Durgerdam is definately a great place to go. It...more
Durgerdam and the Markermeer are just made for watersports. There is always wind, which makes this environment ideal for windsurfing and sailing. Amsterdam offers many possibilities to go out in a boat (just like the old sailors of the VOC once did - haha). The Markermeer stretches outside MAtsredam and Durgerdam is the first stop on the way North...more