Visit Volendam, Holland’s best-known fishing village. Not far from Amsterdam, on the edges of IJsselmeer lake, lies Volendam. This old fishing village is famous for its splendid harbor, fishing trade, authentic Dutch character and traditional clothing. In other words: it is a great place to visit, no matter the season! Volendam is a fishing village well known for its characteristic, authentic houses. It is therefore best explored on foot, walking along De Dijk or through Het Doolhof, old quarters of Volendam full of maze-like streets that have attracted painters and artists from far and wide for centuries.
A visit to a museum is also something that any visit to Volendam should include. Visit Palingsound museum to discover how eels were smoked, or Volendams Museum to learn about Volendam’s rich history and folklore. Another memory worth making in Volendam is having your photo taken wearing traditional Volendam clothing – a great souvenir! Drop by Foto de Boer, at Haven 82. Volendam is full of small restaurants and cafes along De Dijk. Good food and good drinks are the standard, so try visiting Restaurant Lotje by the harbor or Grand Café Restaurant De Dijk.
No visit to Volendam is complete without trying some fish. Volendam draws thousands of tourists every year. If you wish to visit Volendam in June, you have the options of combining your visit with the Volendammer Weekend and taking a trip to Marken and Zaanse Schans. Volendam is surrounded by various other attractive villages along IJsselmeer lake, such as Edam, Monnickendam and Marken. You can also visit the Alkmaar cheese market in the months of April through September, and if visiting Volendam in spring, do consider visiting Keukenhof to see millions of flowering bulbs. Description / More