Volendam Things to Do

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    HIT THE BEACH

    by hevbell Updated Mar 7, 2004

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    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!

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    TAKING PRECAUTIONS

    by hevbell Written Mar 7, 2004

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    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!

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    MARINA

    by hevbell Written Mar 7, 2004

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    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.

    Volendam harbour

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    EXPLORE THE BACKSTREETS

    by hevbell Updated Mar 7, 2004

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    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.

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    Harbour

    by balhannah Written Jul 7, 2009

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    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.

    Statue on the Harbour front
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    Traditional costume's picture..

    by v2cherie Updated May 7, 2007

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    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.

    Beautiful Traditional Costume, let's say: Cheese!
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    Visit the Harbour

    by Martin_S. Written Dec 31, 2006

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    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.

    Boats in Volendam harbour, Holland Ootje and Zohara, Volendam harbour, Holland
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    Good gift for yourself

    by JuliaMac Updated Jun 13, 2012

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    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!

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    Town Culture

    by BruceDunning Updated Feb 3, 2008

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    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

    Big soccer event today-they wereout celebrating beautiful countryside coming into village Harbor with small fishing boats Typical market to shop--1987 pic
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    The Bay, Volendam, Holland

    by TrendsetterME Updated Jun 8, 2013

    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 ..:)

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    Dress like a Dutch!

    by rita_simoes Written Jul 3, 2007

    ... 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.

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    Volendam Museum

    by darkjedi Updated Mar 11, 2007

    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.

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    IJsselmeer views

    by darkjedi Updated Mar 11, 2007

    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.

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    Volendam

    by robertgaz Updated Sep 3, 2006

    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.

    Volendam Vishandel
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    Outside on the Volendam

    by fred98115 Written Jul 12, 2014

    The Volendam has an inside and an outside life for the passenger - oops, guest. Days at sea find you walking about the Lower Promenade deck or up front bird watching or watching the sun set or doing nothing but relax. I photograph. The subjects are endless. My gear is a simple DSLR with a moderate zoom lens. Travel simple and light.

    The Bridge Lower Promenade Deck Bow and Sunset Clouds Sun Rays over Sherrard Sea Passenger and Moon
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