Easy to walk around, plenty to see
WATER AND BOATS AND....THE BOTTLE SHOP MUSEUM....
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
This is definitely the museum to go to when visiting Enkhuizen. As a matter of fact, it is a highlight of The Netherlands, I kid you not. It's right there along the flower shows at Keukenhof, the WorldHeritage site Kinderdijk windmills...it shows you how life used to be in the fishing villages and towns a 100 years ago, a lot of Dutch culture,...more
The 17th century was the heyday of Enkhuizen. The city had the largest herring fleet of the Netherlands, and also possessed a chamber of the VOC. The West India Company was represented in the city. By trading on the Baltic Countries, England, West Africa and India was rich Enkhuizen. The city had 25,000 inhabitants, considerably more than the...more
At the outskirts of Enkhuizen is a huge car park, where you can park your car for a fee. Then go into some kind of transit hall where there is lots to look at, buy a ticket for the ferry and get on it! Why? So you can travel over water to the Zuiderzee Museum! It is a nice quiet trip, fun to watch fellow visitors, and it is also great fun to look...more
You can take a boattour through the canals of the museum, and I really loved the idea. But the tour starts only every half hour, and there are only a few people that can go on the boat. When I was there, the queue was very long and I didn't want to wait such a long time. I really was disappointed, until the boat passed me. It looks beautiful on the...more
Westerstraat 294, Enkhuizen, 1601 AS, nl
Good for: Couples
Driebanen 59, Enkhuizen, 1601 NN, nl
Good for: Couples
Paktuinen 8, Enkhuizen, 1601 GD, The Netherlands
Good for: Solo
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Carillon music is a typical Dutch street sound. In Enkhuizen there are 2 carillons, both manufactured by Hemony in the 17th century. Each quarter of the hour they both play. Interestingly, they 'reply' to each other. The lighter carillon (smaller bells, higher sounds) in the Drommedaris starts the tune. The heavier carillon in the St. Pancrastower...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Luggage and bags:
* Map and guidebook;
* 2 Liter of water;
* Fruit / power bars.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: * Hiking boots;
* 1 extra t-shirt;
* Shorts with many pockets;
* Fleece type jacket;
* Hat / cap;
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: * Lip balm;
* (Neck) sunblock;
Photo Equipment: * Camera and lots of SD cards!
* Extra batteries;
* Lens 210 mm.
Miscellaneous: * Binocular;
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.more
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.more
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...more
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.
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...more