Enkhuizen Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
    by Igraine
  • Enkhuizen
    by Igraine
  • Enkhuizen
    by Igraine

Enkhuizen Things to Do

  • history of the Sea

    The Zuiderzee musuem consist of two parts an indoor and an outdoormuseum. Due to the weather we didnt see the outdoor part. This is the nicest part though. There they have rebuild the houses and dwellings from about 1850 - 1930, to show us how it was. Because when the Afsluit dijk closed in 1932, the old life vanished quickly. In the summer time,...

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  • Zuiderkerk

    Zuiderkerk (also called Sint Pancras) is the most easily visible landmark of Enkhuizen. It's a beautiful church with an interestingly designed spire. Built from 1423 to 1524 in late Gothic style, the church is the centre of the legend of the "Greedy Lady". She is said to have had a lot of money, but when she was about to die she asked her maid to...

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  • The Harbour

    Always full of impressive yachts and antique ships, Enkhuizen's harbours (there are actually several) are a pleasant place to go for a walk. They are located as centrally as possible: Buitenhaven is just outside the train station, next door to the Drommedaristoren, the defense tower which was once used to guard the harbour is Oude Haven. There are...

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  • Bottleship Museum II - How to build a...

    When you see a bottleship for the first time you will most likely scratch your head about its very absurdity. First of all, how did it get into the bottle? How is it possible that a ship of some 10cm height fits through a bottleneck that measures no more than 3cm in diameter? Second, even if they somehow manage to squeeze a ship through the...

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  • The Bottleship Museum I

    The Bottleship Museum is one of the most impressing museums I've seen in my life. It's home to the world's largest collection of bottleships (in Dutch: Flessenscheepjes), among them the smallest bottleship that has ever been built plus lots of other incredibly complex specimens. A very informative video explains in detail how the ships or even...

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  • The bottled ships museum...

    The museum was closed when I passed by here (early Saturday morning, way out of season!). Looks interesting.

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Enkhuizen Hotels

Enkhuizen Restaurants

  • Lounging and good food

    We had a very busy programme this particular weekend and had a lovely escape from all the bustle when we chose to go to Eighteen. A Lounge/Restaurant with relaxing couches and music, plenty of guests to make it a bit lively and very attentive waiters.Open Wednesday to Monday from noon. Most dishes have an Asian twist which is a bit of fun on the...

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  • Highly recommended fine dining

    Recommended by Gault Millau and Michelin, this little restaurant lived up to its reputation. The restaurant (11 tables, 44 seats) was full on the Friday evening in February (winter).Despite its fine dining cuisine, the atmosphere is informal, friendly and professional.Mind you, the toilets are up some steep stairs. Good to know.I was attracted by...

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  • Not recommended

    During the Shantyfestival (2013) one of the meals was catered by this restaurant. I cannot recommend the food. It had a burnt taste, the pasta was soggy, dessert had nice fresh fruit but a problem with the cream meant that some of us hardly got any.We had to pay 25 euro per person for what was announced to be a 'festive meal', which in fact was one...

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  • Recommended cafetaria/bistro

    A very friendly and clean place. The bistro and cafetaria are next to each other but separate. I also saw an attractive patio for warmer days.The owner is an Egyptian lawyer who ended up in the restaurant business and decided to make his own croquettes (kroketten). Kroketten are the quintessential Dutch snack.Home made croquettes however, are very...

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  • Great Indian Food in Ekhuizen

    I am very fond of Indian food especially Tandoori and Royal Indian Restaurant, Ekhuizen was a real treat.. Excellent mouth watering good, quality was reaaly good.. It's a calm cosy, small restaurant ..I bet you would love it.. Tandoori and Indian food is special..

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  • A FINE PLACE....

    This restaurant has a exquisite cuisine.As you can see the name is FRENCH, the ALSACE is a regio in France.Here it means that the cuisine is half Dutch and half French, an excellent mix.They have a 4 course dinner which changes every week!When the weather is fine you can have dinner in the walled city-garden!The place is situated in a monumental...

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Enkhuizen Transportation

  • Travelling with (young) kids.

    Are you nervous about taking your baby or child on a plane trip? You aren't alone, most parents are nervous about it. We have moved with the kids to Alkmaar by car this holiday and drove some distances by car on when we were there and we learned a few things that hopefully will help you. General: Bring books, old favourite toys and new surprise...

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  • Where to park your car

    You need to heed the parking signs if you park anywhere in Enkhuizen. However, there's free unlimited parking behind the train station, which itself is a short walking distance (5 minutes) from the town center.

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  • Getting to Enkhuizen

    It is quite easy to get here. You can either come by Train direct from Central Station, in Amsterdam, (18.5euro return ticket) or as I did, because I wanted to stop at some Towns on the way.I caught the "Arriva" Bus to Hoorn. Bought the "Waterland" bus ticket from the Driver for 7 euros. The Buses leave from the right hand side of Central Station...

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Enkhuizen Shopping

  • The best of... bakery

    I asked at the cheese shop about the best bakery in town. And I was pointed here. What's special about this bakery is that they bake everything themselves (nothing prefab or coming from a big bakery plant somewhere else). The bakery is next to the shop, you can look right into it. The Enkhuizer krentenmik is a heavy raisin and currants loaf with a...

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  • The best of... cheese

    Very nice shop, a warm welcome and lots of choice. Do have a look at the website since it says more than I could write here. I bought a typical cheese of the region, the round 'Edammer'. It's significantly different from Gouda cheese, a wee bit less fatty in taste. Gouda can be slightly 'sour', which Edam is not.This cheese weighs about 1.5 kg.I...

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  • The best of ... fish

    Ask around for the best fishmonger in this harbor town and the locals all point you towards this one. Freshly smoked eel (gerookte paling) is my favourite so that's what I bought. Smoked eel is expensive, one could easily fetch 4 euro.

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Enkhuizen Local Customs

  • Talko to someone who knows ...

    I guess we all agree on this on; there is nothing more exciting than going travelling - exploring another country, experiencing a different culture, travelling around in new ways, sampling the local cuisine and chatting to the local people for a different perspective on life.However during our travels we learned that there is one certain thing that...

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  • Voltage, frequency and plug ins.

    Maybe it sounds a bit weird, but as an experience traveler I know that you every now and then need this kind of information in advance: electricity in the Netherlands is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to the Netherlands with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter.There...

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  • Grolsch -> Just like home sweet home!...

    Let’s make no secret of it. We both like a nice cold glass of beer. Being at our travel pace is always a challenge to find a beer we like, which reflects our taste of having a beer. At Alkmaar (and this probably counts for our entire home country) it was rather difficult. We found out that there are a few local beers, only known in the particular...

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Enkhuizen Warnings and Dangers

  • Do drink enough!!!

    For years, we have all been told of the importance of water. The general guideline has been to drink 2 liter of water each day. For a person who is not living an active lifestyle this may be enough, but if you are physically active, you need more water than that. That is especially true if you are hiking in the Alkmaar area due to the fact the...

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  • Reading a map!

    Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, the catchy title of the 1992 bestseller by John Gray, succinctly expresses an ancient dilemma. What--if anything--do men's and women's brains do differently?The general statement that men and women respond and behave differently under the same circumstances is true; For example, from the crib, male babies...

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  • Late night trains

    My Dutch friends were telling me about trouble on late night trains on the Amsterdam / Hoorn / Enkhuizen line. Apparently there are some troublesome youths in the area, especially in Hoorn, and it is known for them to attack train conductors on Enkhuizen bound trains late at night. Such violence is virtually unknown in England and this was a real...

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Enkhuizen What to Pack

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    by Jerelis Written Jun 27, 2013

    Luggage and bags: * Map and guidebook;
    * Crackers;
    * 2 Liter of water;
    * Fruit / power bars.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: * Hiking boots;
    * 1 extra t-shirt;
    * Shorts with many pockets;
    * Sunglasses;
    * Fleece type jacket;
    * Hat / cap;
    * Raincoat.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: * Lip balm;
    * (Neck) sunblock;
    * Band-aids.

    Photo Equipment: * Camera and lots of SD cards!
    * Filter;
    * Extra batteries;
    * Lens 210 mm.

    Miscellaneous: * Binocular;
    * Compass.

    Here we go ...
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    • Family Travel
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Backpacking

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Enkhuizen Off The Beaten Path

  • Checkpoint Charlie

    This restaurant, called Checkpoint Charlie (what's in a name?), is located right along the dike between Enkhuizen and Lelystad, the Houtribdijk, a very unlikely spot for a restaurant. Unfortunately, it was closed when we arrived, so we didn't get the chance to eat something here.

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  • Paulus Potter, a little less famous...

    Enkhuizen too had it's share of famous Dutch painters. Paulus Potter, famous for his landscape paintings, was born and raised in Enkhuizen. In the park just besides the Drommedaris, a statue reminds of him. He died relatively young after a very productive life in painting. Paulus Potter: 1625 - 1654.

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  • IJssel- and Marker lake, driving through...

    Enkhuizen used to be a sea harbour, when the IJsselmeer (meer = lake) was not yet closed off from the North Sea and contained salt water and had high and low tides. Now-a-days Enkhuizen is situated on two lakes. On North of the Enkhuizendike, the IJsselmeer and one South of this long road into the sea: the Markermeer. This last one at first was...

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Enkhuizen Sports & Outdoors

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    by Igraine Updated Jul 9, 2003

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    Enkhuizen is a harbour from its very beginning. Now the fishing boats have gone they have transferred into a major port for sailing, for modern as well as old wooden sailboots.

    With it come side things like wharfs, repair shops, boat rentals, boat brokers etct etc.

    Equipment: Bring your own boat or rent one. The facilities in the ports are great.

    The link beneaths links to a major boat rental site, for pleasure trips, work, meetings etc. With skipper and food.

    boats and more boats
    Related to:
    • School Holidays
    • Historical Travel
    • Sailing and Boating

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Enkhuizen Favorites

  • The Tourist Information Office

    This is where you will find information on points of interest in Enkhuizen, a map, some souvenirs. The office is right across from the train station. http://www.vvvenkhuizen.nl

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  • Zuiderzee museum

    The Zuiderzee Museum was founded in 1948 for the fishing culture around the former Zuiderzee from the period 1880-1932 to capture. The museum has several years the objective of Dutch art, culture and heritage at the interface of land and water present. The museum consists of an indoor museum and an outdoor museum.The outdoor museum in 1983 added to...

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  • heraldery

    The weapon shield of Enkhuizen consistsof a blue field with 3 herrings. The herrings are there because this used to be a herring fishing town.You can see this sign on lots of buildings in Enkhuizen.

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Explore Deeper into Enkhuizen
No doubt about it: the Zuiderzeemuseum
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Listen to the carillons
Local Customs
Sailing
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Second hand merchandise
Shopping
Take the ferry!
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ONCE THE SHED FOR THE MASTS (DURING WINTER) NOW
Restaurants
The Zuiderzee Museum..... canals
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Multi-media journey through the Netherlands
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Walk around Enkhuizen
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Tourist Office & Harbour
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SAINT PANCRAS of ZUIDERKERK
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DROMMEDARIS
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ZUIDERZEEMUSEUM
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Zuiderzeemuseum - FISHING VILLAGE
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Zuiderzeemuseum - POLDER AREA
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Zuiderzeemuseum - TOWN CANAL AREA
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Zuiderzeemuseum - CHURCH DISTRICT
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Zuiderzeemuseum - MARKER HARBOUR
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Zuider Zee Museum
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Ship in a Bottle museum
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Train to Enkhuizen
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Paulus Potter statue
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Zuiderzeemuseum
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Franciscus Xaverius Kerk
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Westerkerk of St. Gomaruskerk
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St. Pancras’ of Zuiderkerk
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West-Friese Munt (West-Frisian mint)
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Weeshuis (orphanage)
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Dromedaris
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Markerwaarddijk / Houtribdijk
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Snouck van Loosenpark
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Voormalig Stadsgevangenis (former jailhouse)
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Stadhuis (Town Hall)
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Maritime Enkhuizen
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Zuiderzeemuseum: Buitenmuseum
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Zuiderzeemuseum: Binnenmuseum
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Zuiderzee museum, openair museum
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VVV City guide
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Walking and experiencing Enkhuizen
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Sailing in ... or coming by car through the water
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Map of Enkhuizen

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