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Around IJsselmeer

The IJsselmeer boasts many attractions and sights. The vast lake is a fantastic destination for fans of water sports and boating. There are also countless beaches overlooking IJsselmeer and Markermeer lakes. Go for a day trip with a historic sailing ship, discover new nature on the Marker Wadden or visit Batavialand in Lelystad. Batavialand will teach you all about how Flevoland was reclaimed and how the Dutch battle the water. At the Zuiderzeemuseum in Enkhuizen, you will experience how people lived and worked around the IJsselmeer.

There are both modern harbor cities and authentic towns dotting the landscape around IJsselmeer and Markermeer. There are bicycle and hiking routes around IJsselmeer, across the Afsluitdijk and through natural areas like Oostvaardersplassen and Weerribben. Do you want to experience culture, nightlife, art, or go shopping? Bataviastad Outlet, Amsterdam, Almere or the Frisian capital of Leeuwarden are nearby, as are popular places like the fortified town of Naarden, water-rich Giethoorn, or the Volendam dike.

Things to see and do at IJsselmeer lake

Picturesque villages

Visit the lovely old Dutch vilages and towns. Together, they represent one of the most beautiful and authentic parts of Holland. Experience the ambiance of traditional fishing villages like Monnickendam, Marken and Volendam, the city of cheese Edam, the fascinating past of the VOC cities of Hoorn and Enkhuizen or the Frisian Hanseatic city of Stavoren.

How to find places on the map?

Where to eat & sleep

Food & Drink

5x eating fish in Volendam

Try the tastiest of fish dishes at one of these establishments.

Food & Drink

Eating by the water’s edge in Flevoland

Flevoland has the most special places where you can eat at the water’s edge. Take a look at our tips here!

Spend the night on the water in Flevoland

Sleep inside a floating ‘water bubble’ or wake up to a gorgeous view of the water.

Spend time in nature