What to do and see in Enkhuizen, The Netherlands: The Best Places and Tips

October 28, 2017 Moriah Teneyck

In one of the largest civil engineering works undertaken anywhere in the world during the 20th century, what was once a sea called the Zuiderzee, was turned into a combination of reclaimed land called polders and a huge lake, now known as the IJsselmeer. To fully appreciate the scale of this project, drive into town, first through the Flevoland polder to Lelystad. Then the approach to this beautiful town is via the 30-kilometer (19-mile) long dyke. You will not get a better impression of the scale of the work that took place. You first drive through mile after mile of reclaimed land, then on a road that goes right over the 'sea', with water on both sides. Enkhuizen itself was once one of the main operational bases of the East India Company (VOC). The town today is a water lovers' paradise. Boats abound; at times, every second street seems to be a canal. The Zuiderzeemuseum here has both an inside and outside section. It is devoted to the history of the Zuiderzee and the cultural heritage of the town.
Restaurants in Enkhuizen

Kooizandweg 9, 1601 LK Enkhuizen, The Netherlands +31 228 317 853
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4.5 based on 210 reviews

Sprookjeswonderland

Reviewed By Avi L

The place got a lot of amazing Exhibitions. from midgets houses, famous tales Exhibitions, petting farms and small riding Playgrounds (car, horse, train and a boat)
The upside is that the kids (6yr and 2yr) liked everything and was amazed from the Exhibitions. The downside is that everything is in Dutch so they didn't understand anything. (But it seems that it's only annoyed me, they were still amazed from all the puppets and decoration)

2. Het Streekbos

Veilingweg 21, 1611 BN Bovenkarspel, The Netherlands
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4 based on 27 reviews

Het Streekbos

Reviewed By Lieke M - Bovenkarspel, The Netherlands

Best nature close to home, nice for walking or going in our boat and get some ice cream. There is a parking place and walking paths. Possibility to book activities and there is a restaurant and snackbar, but the opening hours are limited.

Wierdijk 12-22, 1601 LA Enkhuizen, The Netherlands +31 228 351 111
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4.5 based on 799 reviews

Zuiderzeemuseum

Zuiderzee Museum - Story of a rich culture The Zuiderzee Museum in Enkhuizen revives the stories of people who once lived on the shores of the Zuiderzee. See, hear, taste and smell everyday life around the Zuiderzee as it was before the Afsluitdijk (IJsselmeer Barrier Dam) changed the sea into the IJsselmeer in 1932. The Zuiderzee Museum is oriented toward the history, the current situation and the future of this area. It focuses upon the themes of water, crafts and communities. This story is visualized in the Outdoor Museum with historical buildings, and in the Indoor Museum with thematic Exhibitions.

Reviewed By Robin D - Chichester

The museum is splendid, a hidden gem, with a huge range of fascinating things to see and do. And there are helpful and well-informed stewards, one of whom in particular had volumes of information about the history of the area its people. Sadly one other pair of stewards were too busy talking to each other to notice us or other visitors. Maybe they'd had a particularly busy day...
We only had a couple of hours to explore the enormously varied and interesting site and could easily have spent the whole day there. Hopefully we'll do so next time?
We did get to sample warm and freshly salmon smoked, delicious and quite the best I've tasted. And then we found the cafe and its apple pie and cream...
We had a great time and look forward to another visit, hopefully on a similarly sunny day.

4. Snouck Van Loosen park

Havenweg, Enkhuizen, The Netherlands
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4.5 based on 44 reviews

Snouck Van Loosen park

Reviewed By diana56 - Enkhuizen, The Netherlands

When in Enkhuizen this is a must see or make a little detour. Social housing from another century. The flagpole is worth noticing!

5. Veerdienst Enkhuizen-Stavoren

Tritondam 3, 1601 GT Enkhuizen, The Netherlands
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4.5 based on 15 reviews

Veerdienst Enkhuizen-Stavoren

Reviewed By Peter D - Belgium

Kaartje dag ervoor in de VVV van Enkhuizen gekocht. Nogal wat verschillende tarieven en dienstregelingen in het jaar. Bij droog weer kan je aan dek zitten. Na anderhalf uur ben je in Stavoren. Goed alternatief voor de Afsluitdijk.

6. Flessenscheepjes Museum

Zuiderspui 1, 1601 GH Enkhuizen, The Netherlands +31 228 317 762
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4 based on 19 reviews

Flessenscheepjes Museum

Reviewed By ReinhardW - Peacehaven, United Kingdom

My wife and I had intended to visit the Zuyderzee Museum on the edge of picturesque Enkhuizen but thought we''ld just drive into town first. Walking behind the Drommedaris Tower, we noticed this little museum and on learning that our Museum Card entitled us to free entrance, walked in without having particular expectations. Know what? We spent so much time there that we had to postpone our visit to the much larger and better-known Zuyderzee open-air museum!...We have to thank the most enthusiastic volunteer lady who looked after it - she was so informative and clearly proud (the Dutch Royal couple had paid a fleeting visit earlier this year) that we were quite swept away.- and learned a lot about a subject that had, hitherto, not been on our 'must do' list. It is quirky, packed with ships of all sizes in bottles (or containers as small as a fuse!) of all shapes and sizes. The gentleman who arrived to help out during our visit was equally enthusiastic - and proud to show off his English, They were fantastic ambassadors for this hidden gem, ensuring that our voluntary contribution far exceeded what one might have expected to pay in entrance fees...

7. Cultureel Centrum Drommedaris

Paktuinen 1 | P, 1601 GD Enkhuizen, The Netherlands
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5 based on 10 reviews

Cultureel Centrum Drommedaris

Reviewed By Thedevelopingimage

We were on a tour to Giethoorn and our tour guide stopped here to show us this quaint town. It was early in the morning and the town was pretty quiet. This tower immediately caught our attention. Our guide couldn't tell us too much about it, but it was cool to check it out.

8. Zuiderkerk

Zuiderkerksteeg 1, 1601 HJ Enkhuizen, The Netherlands
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4.5 based on 11 reviews

Zuiderkerk

Reviewed By EppoSt - Arnhem, The Netherlands

Nice to pop in. It is old, it is beautiful but that is all. Especially Reading the gravestones on the floor is gascinating

9. Westerkerk

Westerstraat 138, 1601 AN Enkhuizen, The Netherlands +31 228 317 800
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4.5 based on 10 reviews

Westerkerk

Reviewed By charla_charla - England

We went up here as we heard the views from the top were good.
Be prepared for the very narrow steps and almost vertical climb at points but worth it for the guide giving information about the history of the church and the bells. Once you reach the top, the view across the city is definitely worth it. Just take care getting back down!

10. Rijksmonument Snouck van Loosenhuis uit 1742

Dijk 34-36, 1601 GJ Enkhuizen, The Netherlands
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4.5 based on 5 reviews

Rijksmonument Snouck van Loosenhuis uit 1742

Reviewed By Thedevelopingimage

Our tour guide made sure we stopped to see this magnificent old house. It is quite historical compared to the houses around it. Such a quaint town, don't miss it.

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