History of Monnickendam
Due to the city’s location on the coast of the former Zuiderzee (‘Southern Sea’) and close to the lakes in the hinterland, the shipping industry and related trade flourished. All buildings from 1355, with the exception of the Speel Tower, went up in flames during severe fires. The Speel Tower can still be admired, next to the weighing house, the ‘Waag’.
The above-mentioned Speel Tower is one of the city’s monuments and houses a museum. Other monuments include the Grote or Sint Nicolaas Church, the wooden drawbridge across the harbor, and many of the houses.
Monnickendam is a great home base for trips to Marken, Volendam, the Zaanstreek and Amsterdam. We recommend Suitehotel Posthoorn. This hotel is located in a monumental building in Monnickendam’s historic center and has stylish rooms. Food lovers will be over the moon here, since Suitehotel Posthoorn boasts a fantastic restaurant with one Michelin star.