Enkhuizen is a little harbor town about an hour or so outside of Amsterdam. It is the last stop on the train going North.
It a beautiful little town and is very easy to walk around. There is still a fishing fleet in the area and there are daily fish auctions. There a a couple of museums, a great main street Westerstraat, with a number of shops, cheese shops, restaurants, etc. Also a market place.
This was one of our two days trips outside of Amsterdam and this was the best.
We had a good day out at the Zuider Zee open-air museum at Enkhuizen. Trains run from Amsterdam Centraal station to Enkhuizen every 30 minutes and the adult fare was 17.80 euro for the day-return ticket. The journey time is 65 minutes each way.
The harbour at Enkhuizen is just across the road from the station and a (free) ferry takes you from the harbour to the museum, which was about 15 minutes on the ferry.
The museum has been created by moving many old buildings from elsewhere in the Netherlands and rebuilding them, and re-creating the interiors. Many of the buildings have volunteer people working in them to explain about the building and the way of life.
There is a school, a chapel, a post office, sailmaker, blacksmith, laundry, coopery, fish curing (which you can eat), brushmaker, farmhouse etc - probably about 23 buildings total. And there is a reconstruction of Marken harbour, with a netmaker and ropemaker working.
Tickets to the Zuider Zee museum are 12.50 euro for adults, 7.50 euro for children 4-12, younger children free, family ticket 27.50 euro. The free ferry operates 29 March to 26 October 2008 - don't know the extent to which the museum is open outside those dates
We spent a little time afterwards in Enkhuizen itself - nice harbour and many traditional boats. We also went to the ship-in-bottle museum which is an interest of mine.
Phone: +31 (0)228 35 11 11
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