Authentic villages around IJsselmeer lake

The area around IJsselmeer lake is dotted with beautiful old Dutch villages and towns. Together, they form one of the most gorgeous and authentic pieces of Holland. Taste the atmosphere of the traditional fishing villages of Monnickendam, Marken and Volendam, the cheese town Edam and the glorious histories of the VOC towns of Hoorn, Enkhuizen and the Frisian Hanseatic town of Stavoren, the former islands of Urk and Schokland and the beautiful fortified town of Naarden.

  • Giethoorn

    Visit ‘The Venice of Holland’ and enjoy the sight of unique farms from the water’s surface.

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  • Marken

    Old traditions are still alive on Marken. Stroll through the harbor and see the authentic wooden houses.

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  • Volendam

    Discover this ancient fishing village just north of Amsterdam.

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  • Naarden

    One of the best preserved fortified towns in Europe.

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  • Enkhuizen

    A small town packed with historical buildings and monuments.

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  • Schokland

    Visit this former island in Flevoland and discover its many monuments and archaeological treasures.

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  • Hoorn

    The former VOC town has a great beach at the IJsselmeer lake.

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  • Urk

    Visit this former Zuiderzee island and discover Urk’s unique culture and history.

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  • Monnickendam

    A small town with a grand history.

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  • Edam

    For most people Edam is synonymous with cheese.

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  • Stavoren

    The town with the famous tale of the Lady of Stavoren.

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