Surroundings near Waterland
Waterland consists of the centres of Monnickendam, Marken, Broek in Waterland, Ilpendam, Katwoude, Overleek, Purmer, Watergang, Uitdam and Zuiderwoude. Each one of these places has its own charm and a cultural and historical background that makes a visit very worth while. Enjoy the well-maintained monuments that adorn the old cityscapes and village views.
Nearly half of the entire surface area of Waterland consists of water (no less than 5000 hectares). The municipality thus provides considerable opportunities for water recreation; sailing on the Markermeer or IJsselmeer lakes and having a drink at one of the outdoor cafes in one of the picturesque villages or cities. If you would like to explore Waterland by boat, consider a whispering boat, motorboat, rowing boat or canoe. Explore the best of Waterland on the water, between the reeds, with a gentle breeze for company. Waterland is also pre-eminently suitable for walking tours and bicycle rides. The decor consists of open grass polders, peat rivers and ribbon development villages with colourful woorden houses and traditional Dutch farmhouses built in the shape of pyramids.
All places in Waterland are in easy reach from Amsterdam, whether by car, public transport or bicycle. Waterland may be close by but it is an entirely different world.
Zuiderwoude is situated 10 kilometers north of Amsterdam. From nearby Broek in Waterland you can reach the centre of Amsterdam and the following villages quickly and easily: Amsterdam Central Station (10 min.), Monnickendam (5 min.), Marken (10 min.),Volendam (10 min.), Edam 20 min.).
Broek in Waterland
Broek in Waterland is a picturesque village with a rich history and surrounded by pastures and canals. You can take a walk through the old centre with several historic buildings. A must on your canoe trip. It offers you a splendid view of the excellently preserved wooden houses dating from the 17th and 18th century.
Monnickendam, with its historical town centre, is situated directly on the Gouwzee. Many of its houses date back to the seventeenth and eighteenth century. The town’s centre has nice shops, restaurants and a marina. The Suitehotel Posthoorn is located in Monnickendam and its restaurant received a Michelin star in 2008.
Volendam is world famous for its traditional costumes and its smoked eel. The harbour with the fish auction form the lively centre where fishing boats, old ‘botters’ and modern yachts and pleasure vessels lay side-by-side. Behind the dike you will find the ‘Doolhof’: a maze of narrow streets with no particular structure.
Edam gave its name to the distinct red round cheeses. The town is a pearl on the former Zuiderzee; a real open air museum. Walking through the old centre you will see many well preserved monumental houses, churches, harbours, canals and squares. Famous too are the Dam and the Kaaswaag (cheese weigh house). A guided walk through the village centre is recommended. Edam has many good restaurants.
The former isle of Marken lies in the Gouwzee and was linked to the main land in 1957 by a dike. Marken is renowned both nationally as internationally for its monumental wooden houses and traditional costumes. Many houses have been built on poles to protect them against the many floods that regularly struck the island when the IJsselmeer was still the Zuiderzee.