The premenade avenue and the bay of Volendam is such colorful and in movement on day time, but as sun starts to go down, the sky and the bay turns into a picturesque color ...
Just have a walk or sip a coffee on one of the cafe's at the bay and enjoy the amazing view as ..:)
If you are in Holland, do not forget to have your picture taken in the national
attire. That is really nice. My Dutch friends invited to do it, and I must say
at first I didn't feel like doing it. However, back at home all my friends and
relatives appreciated those pictures as really nice gifts from Holland!
This is what I call the touristy area of Volendam. I imagine, that on a nice sunny Summer's day, it would be extremely busy. It was, cold, wet and very windy, so not many people. This area has some nice statues of Dutch people in traditional costume. They make good photo opportunities as well. It is also where the majority of Tourist shops are, and there are lots of nice Cafes, Restaurants to choose from.
If you wish to go to Marken, then this is where you catch the Marken Express boat to go there.
Take a walk along here, enjoy the shops and get to see the Traditional Dutch sailing boats.
This is a tour town-but still has a lot of pizzazz. I enjoyed walking around and looking into the shops. We eat here and had some of the local raw cod, and other dishes some harder to chew than others. The shops really do cater to tourists and are pleasant people to talk to. Buy something
... and take a pic!
There are some photo shops where you can pay to take a picture dressing the traditional clothing of Volendam (still used by some of the inhabitants!), one of the most tipical of Holland.
Volendam is well-known for its old fishing boats and the traditional clothing.
There are shops where you can rent a traditional costume of Volendam and take photo in their photo studio,the price is about 12.5 euro for one of 10R picture.
At the edge of the harbour wall in Volendam are a few seats next to a mounted telescope. It says stop and watch. And for a coin insert you can view the horizon for a few minutes. Of course the day I was there there was nothing to see. I suspect thats not uncommon.
The museum in Volendam is a small building built on stilts at the edge of the main harbour. The stilts are there to protect the building from frequent flooding that occured before the Zuider Zee was cut off from the ocean in the early 20th century. Many buildings around the lake are on stilts although now the freshwater IJsselmeer lake has no tides and many of the stilt supports have been filled in to provide an extra floor to the house.
Talk a walk down along the dike in Volendam, this is where the big boats tie up and you can see some fine examples of the seamans dream. The boats shown look to be in perfect condition, as if not used, but I asked and was told they are used and were NOT museum exhibits. The area around the harbour is filled also with tourist restaurants and stores with high priced things and poor quality food, but the harbor is guarded over by Ootje (grandmother), so at least drop by to say hi.
Volendam is a small town near De IJsselmeer and is a very popular tourist destination with day trippers so you're bound to see bus loads of fellow travellers from all over the world.
Volendam was an old traditional Dutch fishing village and much of the attraction is to come and sample seafoods such as salted herring and smoked eel.
There are many restaurants to choose from or you can just buy a snack from a "Vishandel" (fish monger) near the harbour and eat it as you wander around soaking up the historic ambience.
Okay so its not the BIGGEST beach but I love this view along the shoreline!
One thing Volendam is kind of known for is that some of the locals dress up in traditional Dutch costume. We did see a couple of women in traditional dress but I think its more for the tourists than something they do out of tradition. Nice to see though!
Since we were there in October, Volendam wasn't nearly as busy as I'm sure it gets in the middle of summer but it was still nice to get away from the really touristy area at the harbour, with all the gift shops & restaurants, and explore some of the quieter backstreets of the old town.
If you look closely at this photo you can just make out one of the typical lift bridges crossing the canal in the background.
There were heaps of pleasure craft in the harbour at Volendam but there is also a tradition of fishing and the town is known for its great seafood. We didn't have much time to sit down in one of the many restaurants that serve the fruits of the fishermans labours but I would have loved to have sampled some! There are numerous restaurants lining the waterfront.
A lot of the houses along the shoreline sit low behind the road which acts as a dam, to protect the buildings from any flooding. I just love all these typiclally Dutch looking houses with the gabled roofs and such. So much nicer than the plain "boxes" that make up the houses where I live!
Wander down the streets and check out the shops and restaurants. If you are into shopping for souvenirs this is a great place to do so.