The history of the Dutch East India Company, or VOC for short, is still clearly visible in Enkhuizen. In the 17th and 18th centuries, the VOC was the largest trading company in the world that traveled with its beautiful ships to Asian countries to trade. Due to the favorable location on the IJsselmeer, it was attractive to establish a "Chamber" of the VOC here. The Drommedaris, the defense tower on the harbor, and the center with the historic buildings still remind of this prosperous time.
Located on the Ijsselmeer and surrounded by the Westfries Omringdijk is the beautiful old VOC town of Enkhuizen together with Hoorn and Medemblik. Also called 'The Historical Triangle'. Enkhuizen is a city where time has stood still in some places. The center still has the atmosphere of the Golden Age. Enkhuizen is rich in a beautiful walking and cycling area.
Obviously, the water sports enthusiast can indulge here. The modern marinas are fully equipped and a trip to the center is easy. It is therefore not surprising that many ships of the brown fleet have their home ports here. But the beautiful surroundings also invite you to take a lovely walk or to view nature from your bicycle. Families with young children should not miss Sprookjeswonderland!
The West Frisian Water Weeks, the Clipper Race and the Jazz Festival are a selection of the many events that are organized every year in and around the port. (see also our events online or in the Freebeemap brochure)
There is also no shortage of culture. In the Zuiderzee Museum, artisans show their work and you get an impression of life by the sea. The Bottle Ship Museum, Fisheries Museum and the Enkhuizer Almanac Museum are also worth a visit.
Whether it is lunch, brunch, quick bite or extensive dining. Everything is possible in Enkhuizen and the surrounding villages.
You can shop to your heart's content in the atmospheric center of Enkhuizen. Various shops have established themselves in the beautiful streets, from toys to fashion and from household to gift shops. The shops are also open every first Sunday of the month.
Plan your route with the Google® Maps planner. (You will be redirected to the Google® Maps website)