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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.

Where is what?

Giethoorn

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

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Dutch Traditions

Edam

For most people Edam is synonymous with cheese.

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 centuries-old fishing village north of Amsterdam.

Hoorn

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

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Enkhuizen

A small town packed with historical buildings and monuments.

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.

Nature

IJsselmeer

Typically Dutch: The IJsselmeer lake and the many villages around it.

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Hindeloopen

Picturesque coastal village with unique traditions, historical sights and a seafaring past.

Sights to see

Schokland

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

Medemblik

Visit the oldest city in West-Friesland off IJsselmeer lake.

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Workum

Discover the beautiful, water-rich Workum, one of the Frisian Eleven Cities.

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Stavoren

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

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IJsselmeer Tour by bicycle

The IJsselmeer Tour is an eight-day bicycle route through a unique, quintessentially Dutch landscape.