"Wooden houses at the dike" Durgerdam by pieter_jan_v

Durgerdam Travel Guide: 16 reviews and 51 photos

Along the dike
Durgerdam History

The dike is the reason Durgerdam exists.

In 1421 the big St Elisabeth flood caused a lot of damage to the low countries and swallowed the village of IJdoorn. In 1422 the construction of a dike was started to protect the Waterland area from the Zuiderzee.
In the bend of the dike the village of Ydoornickerdam was build, later called Durgerdam.

The Durgerdammers were fishermen and tradesmen.

In 1932 the Aflsuitdijk turned the Zuiderzee into the IJsselmeer and Durgerdam became a sleeping village with some tourism.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Many original wooden houses
  • Cons:Not suited for a fast visit
  • In a nutshell:Hidden gem to be explored by bicycle
  • Last visit to Durgerdam: Sep 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • King_Golo's Profile Photo
    Mar 17, 2014 at 2:27 AM

    Durgerdam is a very nice village - and compared with other places near Amsterdam it's remarkably seldomly visited. I had only wanted to drive through, but then I spent an hour there walking up and down the dike and enjoying the views of the lovely wooden houses and the Ijsselmeer.

    • pieter_jan_v's Profile Photo
      Mar 17, 2014 at 9:49 AM

      Well, consider yourself lucky. Not many tourist visit this village although it's just outside Amsterdam. PJ


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