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On one of the city buildings
This Town has some really interesting buildings and pretty sites. In Summer, the VVV (information centre) has 2hour walking tours. It also has maps for other times, when you go alone. There is St. Gomaruskerk, 16th Century with its Gothic Hall, and opposite it, the 16th century Old Mint. The Town Hall is worth seeing, and so are the Gothic Houses. I found nice canals, Outdoor Cafes, Parks, Museums, Statues and an interesting Antique shop.
Its a great town for exploration, so leave yourself plenty of time to see the Zuiderzeemuseum as well as the Town.
Address: city centre
The unknown Paddlesteamer
On arriving by Train from Hoorn, My 1st destination was the Tourist (VVV) office, which is located on the right side of the Harbour as you walk out the train station. Here I picked up a brochure (it was only written in Dutch) but it had a good map with all the importantsites & there locations in it.
The Harbour is very pretty, and here I saw this Paddle steamer. I have tried to find details on it, but can't, so if anybody knows the history on it, please drop me a line. It was beautiful!
This Church dates back to the 15th century, with the 75 metre high tower being built in 1450. Originally, it wasn't this high, but in 1526 the octagonal section and onion dome were added. It also has a 45 bell carillon. There are paintings on the wooden ceiling dating back to 1484. They were originally covered in whitewash, but that has since been removed.
Open Mon - Friday 1.30 - 5pm Saturday 11 - 5pm
In Summer, there are volunteers that will give you a tour.
Address: Zuiderkerk, steeg 1
Directions: Near the east end of the Westerstraat.
The Drommedaris was built in the 16th Century as a defence structure on the southern gateway of old Enkhuizen. It is now a cultural Centre and info on whats on can be found at www.drom.nl
Address: Harbour entrance
On the farm
This is one EXCELLENT MUSEUM.
It is what I call an open-air Museum. Here you will find 130 complete old authentic Industries, Church, School, Homes, Farms, a Fishing Village all recreated so that you can see how people lived from 1880 - 1930, in the Zuiderzee region. They are all decorated in the Period Style. You can also see Craftsmen working at their industries. Sometimes they are dressed in Dutch traditional clothes.
This is a large museum to walk around, and it takes quite a while if you have a proper look at all the buildings.
It is open daily from 10 - 5pm
ADMISSION in 2009 13euro adults, child 4-8yrs 7.8euro, family ticket 30 euro.
This is one of the best Open Air museums I have ever been to.
This museum is a MUST SEE.
Directions: 10Minute walk from the Train Station. It is signposted, so follow the signs.
More information on the website.
Around this area is a 1930's household, the Brush maker and of course the Fishing village & more. Nearby, are a pair of bottle shaped Lime Kilns that used sea shells as the raw material for making quick Lime.
Around here, is the Watermill, and Farm house & farm. On the Farm, you will find some Cows, some very fat Sheep, Ducks & Chickens. The functioning Smoke House is where Herrings are preserved by smoking them over smouldering wood chips before packing them in barrels. They also preserve Eels.
Old style washing machine
The Town canal area is where you will find Amsterdam House, a Restaurant where you can enjoy a meal. The Woodturner, Pastry shop from which you can purchase nice Pastries, Pharmacy, Cheese warehouse, Butcher, Farm credit Bank, Edam souvenir shop and the steam laundry are some of the buildings in this area.
The Steam laundry was very interesting to watch. I was glad that I was living in this century and not back then!
Photos do not do it justice!
In the Church district, you will find the Sailmakers store, where you should find him making Sails to be used on traditional Zuiderzee sailing ships. There is also the Post Office, School, Hairdressers, Cooperage, Lolly shop, Smithy, Photography shop and of course, the Church. The Church was brought here from an Island near Enkhuisen. All these shops are fitted out in period style, and you can buy Lollies (Old style of course!)
Boats at Marker Harbour
The Marker Harbour is a copy of a harbour built in 1830 on the island of Marken.
Its also here that you will see Fishing demonstrations.
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