Volendam view from water
Volendam view from water
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Why go?

There is plenty to do all year round in Volendam, Holland’s best-known fishing village. Take a look in the handsome old harbour full of old Dutch ships and take a boat trip to Marken. Or have your photo taken wearing traditional Volendam clothes and learn more about Volendam in one of its museums. There really is so much to do in Volendam that one day is simply not enough.

See & do

Learn about the culture and history of Volendam in these 3 museums.

Discover the sights worth seeing in Volendam.

Discover this centuries-old fishing village north of Amsterdam.

Eating & drinking

Want to enjoy some kibbeling (deep-fried cod) or a smoked eel? Volendam is the most famous fishing village in Holland. Where else will you face the challenge to try raw herring? Enjoy the view of the fishing and other boats coming and going in the small harbor. Whilst enjoying a drink on a terrace, of course!

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

Taste the best North Sea fish, from the sea direct to your plate, caught by Dutch fishing fleets.

Where to stay

Holiday parks

Marinapark Volendam

Stay in a holiday home in classic Volendam style on the edges of IJsselmeer Lake.

Discover the IJsselmeer region

Discover the sights of the IJsselmeer region in the center of Holland. Visit Volendam, the Afsluitdijk and Batavialand and go for a boat and bicycle ride through nature.

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Discover Volendam

Within cycling distance of Amsterdam, on the edges of Ijsselmeer lake, lies Volendam – highly recommended for all people who want to discover Holland at its most authentic.


Volendam has countless attractions and sights to see, making the village a great place to visit. Have your photograph taken wearing traditional Volendam clothing and try some fish at De Dijk, take the Volendam-Marken express to the village of Marken or learn about the history and folklore of Volendam in one of its museums, such as Volendams Museum or the Cheese Factory Volendam.


One day in Volendam is quite simply not enough. So consider booking a room at one of Volendam’s excellent accommodations, such as the historic artists’ hotel Spaander. Marinapark Volendam, with its classic Volendam houses, also comes highly recommended and is ideal for families.


Volendam lies about half an hour’s drive from the Dutch capital of Amsterdam and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Of course, you can also choose to travel by public transport (the bus) to Volendam. But the most enjoyable way, really, is to cycle through the polders from Amsterdam to Volendam.

Check out the map and plan your visit

Transport in Volendam

By public transport

There is a bus line from Amsterdam to Volendam. Or will you come by bicycle? There is a bicycle route of some 25 km from Amsterdam through the polders and past villages.

By car

Volendam is about a thirty minute drive from Amsterdam and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

Transport in Holland

Distances within Holland are easily bridged. Any location you might want to visit can be reached within three hours. The train, bus and tram will taken you pretty much anywhere you want to go. You can also explore Holland by bicycle. With over 32,000 kilometers worth of bicycle paths, Holland is a real cycling country with many fantastic cycling routes.

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