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Enkhuizen – Herring Town June 21, 2016 Time for our next Blog, today we visit Enkhuizen, a picturesque historic town situated in the province of North Holland, with its own harbor at the IJsselmeer. Besides that we also visit the Zuiderzee Museum but more about that later, first the town Enkhuizen. Enkhuizen has a rich history, it was famous for its herring fleet, while the IJsselmeer  was still connected with the North Sea before closing the Afsluitdijk. Enkhuizen got its city rights in 1356. Due to the loyalty of the inhabitants to the Prince of Oranje (who was the initiator of the Rebellion against the King of Spain), during the Eighty Years’ War. Enkhuizen was rewarded and received in 1573 the exclusive rights to install and manage buoys in the former Zuiderzee, every ship that passed the buoys had to pay taxes. In the Golden Age Enkhuizen was blooming and had its own VOC office. At the end of the 17th century the situation changed. Amsterdam took over the position of Enkhuizen in regard to the VOC trade, the harbor silted and the number of inhabitants decreased. Enkhuizen is now famous for its water recreation, flower bulbs and seed cultivation. We start our walk as usual at the railway station of Enkhuizen, after a sanitary stop, we start at the Stationsweg. After about 50 meters, we find at our left hand the Snouck van Loosenpark.
Snouck van Loosenpark Enkhuizen
1. The Snouck van Loosenpark After her death Margaretha Maria Snouck van Loosen had ordered through her will, that a foundation should be installed, which was responsible for the construction of a park and 51 rental houses for the working class of Enkhuizen. So this project became one of the first social housing projects in the Netherlands. Architect Christiaan Posthumus Meyjes sr., who was responsible for the design of the houses, built 51 houses, 50 workers houses and 1 house for the supervisor. The houses were very modern, large and every house had their own lavatory. Hendrik Copijn was the landscape architect and responsible for creating the park. The park opened in 1897, the first workers moved in, after a careful selection procedure, if one did not follow the strict regulations, they were put out of their house. Today the houses are still rental houses. We enjoy the park and the houses and walk until the other end of the park until the Snouckstraat where we turn right until the Kuipersdijk, where we turn left until the Klopperstraat, where we turn right again until the Westerstraat where we turn right. The Westerstraat is the main street of Enkhuizen, lots of historic building can be found at this street, it is also a nice shopping street. We mention a few historic buildings. 2. West-Frisian Coin Manufactory At number 125 you will find the former West-Frisian Coin Manufactory. The building you find here is built in 1611 in a Dutch Renaissance style. During the Eighty Years’ War (1568-1648), there were difficulties in the supply of coins, so the towns Hoorn, Medemblik and Enkhuizen decided to manufacture their own coins. This happened by rotation, every six year another town until the supply from the city Dordrecht was restored.
westerkerk Enkhuizen
3. The Westerkerk (Church) At the left side of the street you see an enormous church, this is the Westerkerk or Sint Gommarus kerk (Church). It was built in the 15th  century and honored to Gummarus van Lier, it started off as a Roman Catholic Church but in 1572 after the Dutch Rebellion, the Calvinists took over the church and it became a Protestant Church.
4. Orphanage for the Poor At number 111 behind a wrought iron fence you see the former Orphanage for the Poor, it was built in 1906. Please take a closer look at the interesting facing brick. We continue our walk in the Westerstraat until the Melkmarkt and turn right. Here you will find in Summertime lovely terraces to have a coffee or lunch. We take the Torenstraat to turn left and walk straight on to the Zuiderkerk (church) and Zuiderkerksteeg.
Zuiderkerk Enkhuizen
5. The Zuiderkerk (Church) The Zuiderkerk or Sint-Pancraskerk (church) was built in a late Gothic style between 1423-1458, it was honored to the martyr Pancratius and started as a Roman Catholic Church but is today a Protestant Church. Please take notice of the beautiful painted ceilings showing some biblical scenes. We follow the Zuiderkerksteeg and find ourselves back on the Westerstraat, when this street crosses the Kaasmarkt/Nieuwstraat, we turn left to find at the corner Kaasmarkt/Waagstraat, the old Waag building.
Waag Enkhuizen
6. Waag Like every other town of that time, Enkhuizen had also a Waag, it was used for the weigh and trade of butter and cheese. The building was built in an early Renaissance style in 1559. On top of the roof there are 5 statues representing hope, justice, believe, love and strength. The guild of the barber surgeons settled on the first floor at 1636, Mr. Paludanus was the most remarkable member of them, he collected all strange objects. We walk back to the Westerstraat and at end we find the Breedstraat, here we turn right and find at nr. 53 the Town Hall.
gemeentehuis Enkhuizen
7. Town Hall It was designed in a Dutch Classicistic Style by the young architect Steven Vennecool in 1688, as you can see, he was clearly inspired by the design of the palace on the Dam Square in Amsterdam. The cannon in front of the Town Hall was conquered at the Dunkirk sailors, the famous author Joost van den Vondel has written a poem about the event. The building is still in use as the Town Hall. We continue our walk and turn left at the Zwaanstraat, we cross the Compagniebridge on to the Compagniestraat. Here we run into the Wierdijk. On this dike they have built a Seawall (1608) to protect the town against the water of the Zuiderzee during storm tide. In this seawall there is only one gate, the so called Staverse Poortje which was built in 1615 and renovated in 1833.
staverse poortje enkhuizen
We follow the Wierdijk until the next bridge at our right hand, here we cross the water and come back in the town center. At the end of the Bocht, we turn left and find a very small museum called the Flessenscheepjes Museum.
flessenscheepjes museum enkhuizen
8. Flessenscheepjes Museum The museum is accommodated in the Spuihuisje, below this building there is a lock, which could be closed by high tide and storm tide, to protect Enkhuizen and the hinterland against the water of the Zuiderzee. Now you will find the world’s finest and largest collection of ships in bottles. Coming out of the museum you cross the bridge towards a building which is called the Drommedaris. 
drommedaris enkhuizen
9. The Drommedaris This is the most famous building of Enkhuizen. It was built (1540) as a city gate as part of the city wall that surrounded Enkhuizen in the 16th century, its task was to protect the harbor against enemies. The people of Enkhuizen saw a resemblance with a dromedary, so they nick named the tower Drommedaris. In 1649 the tower was heightened, why is not clear, perhaps to make room for the carillon. The tower has had many purposes; prison, storage and post office. In 1959 it became a Cultural Center, which it still is.
Enkhuizer alkmanak museum
10. The Enkhuizer Almanak Museum This museum tells the history and origin of the ”Enkhuizer” Almanac. In the Middle Ages every Dutch town had its own Almanac. In the beginning it was a leaflet made by monks and spread through the church. The leaflet was specially made for people who were not able to read, so it was written in tables, symbols and signs. The information was about holy days, market days, the position of the moon, weather forecast, timetables of boats, horse coaches, mail coaches etc.  Through the invention of the book printing in 1400, the production of Almanacs took an enormous development. After the Dutch Rebellion, the Protestants interfere and took over the control of the content. The character of the content also changed through the centuries, articles of public interest like for example local anecdotes, poems and songs were included in the Almanac. The Enkhuizer Almanac is the last still existing Almanac, which is published every year, this years’ edition is the 421st edition. In the museum one can even find an edition of the year 1686. We follow the Havenweg which turns into the Stationsweg and we are again at the railway station, where we started our walk. We hope you have enjoyed this walk!
restaurant 't Ankertje enkhuizen
Tip 1 At the Oude Haven in front of the Drommedaris there is a good restaurant called ‘t Ankertje to have a drink or a lunch, especially on a sunny day because the terraces are at the waterside and one has a nice view over the harbor.
From the Drommedaris we walk towards the Enkhuizer Almanak Museum. 
Tip 2 In Enkhuizen there is also an attraction park for young children, it is called Sprookjes Wonderland, it is a Fairy Tale theme park with a number of attractions, see the link http://www.sprookjeswonderland.nl/home/
Tip 3 Enkhuizen is famous for its water recreation and has many canals in- and outside its city walls, to discover the town from a boat is a relaxing way to spend your holiday, please find a link on boat rentals  http://www.bootverhuurenkhuizen.nl/ 
Snouck van Loosenpark
Staverse Poortje
The Netherlands, Enkhuizen seawall
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Hotel tip Enkhuizen: We stayed two nights in the nice Hotel Restaurant De Koepoort. The hotel is located in the city center in the Westerstraat no. 294 in Enkhuizen. The room is modern and clean and the staff is very friendly. If you are interested in this or another hotel in Enkhuizen, please check here  for the availability and best offers.
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Enkhuizen city walk route information:

Start: railway station Enkhuizen

Distance:   4 km Duration: 1.5 hours Download or print map Enkhuizen city walk route:
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Enkhuizen – Herring Town June 21, 2016 Time for our next Blog, today we visit Enkhuizen, a picturesque historic town situated in the province of North Holland, with its own harbor at the IJsselmeer. Besides that we also visit the Zuiderzee Museum but more about that later, first the town Enkhuizen. Enkhuizen has a rich history, it was famous for its herring fleet, while the IJsselmeer  was still connected with the North Sea before closing the Afsluitdijk. Enkhuizen got its city rights in 1356. Due to the loyalty of the inhabitants to the Prince of Oranje (who was the initiator of the Rebellion against the King of Spain), during the Eighty Years’ War. Enkhuizen was rewarded and received in 1573 the exclusive rights to install and manage buoys in the former Zuiderzee, every ship that passed the buoys had to pay taxes. In the Golden Age Enkhuizen was blooming and had its own VOC office. At the end of the 17th  century the situation changed. Amsterdam took over the position of Enkhuizen in regard to the VOC trade, the harbor silted and the number of inhabitants decreased. Enkhuizen is now famous for its water recreation, flower bulbs and seed cultivation. We start our walk as usual at the railway station of Enkhuizen, after a sanitary stop, we start at the Stationsweg. After about 50 meters, we find at our left hand the Snouck van Loosenpark.
Snouck van Loosenpark Enkhuizen
1. The Snouck van Loosenpark After her death Margaretha Maria Snouck van Loosen had ordered through her will, that a foundation should be installed, which was responsible for the construction of a park and 51 rental houses for the working class of Enkhuizen. So this project became one of the first social housing projects in the Netherlands. Architect Christiaan Posthumus Meyjes sr., who was responsible for the design of the houses, built 51 houses, 50 workers houses and 1 house for the supervisor. The houses were very modern, large and every house had their own lavatory. Hendrik Copijn was the landscape architect and responsible for creating the park. The park opened in 1897, the first workers moved in, after a careful selection procedure, if one did not follow the strict regulations, they were put out of their house. Today the houses are still rental houses. We enjoy the park and the houses and walk until the other end of the park until the Snouckstraat  where we turn right until the Kuipersdijk, where we turn left until the Klopperstraat, where we turn right again until the Westerstraat where we turn right. The Westerstraat is the main street of Enkhuizen, lots of historic building can be found at this street, it is also a nice shopping street. We mention a few historic buildings. 2. West-Frisian Coin Manufactory At number 125 you will find the former West- Frisian Coin Manufactory. The building you find here is built in 1611 in a Dutch Renaissance style. During the Eighty Years’ War (1568-1648), there were difficulties in the supply of coins, so the towns Hoorn, Medemblik and Enkhuizen decided to manufacture their own coins. This happened by rotation, every six year another town until the supply from the city Dordrecht was restored.
westerkerk Enkhuizen
3. The Westerkerk (Church) At the left side of the street you see an enormous church, this is the Westerkerk or Sint Gommarus kerk (Church). It was built in the 15th century and honored to Gummarus van Lier, it started off as a Roman Catholic Church but in 1572 after the Dutch Rebellion, the Calvinists took over the church and it became a Protestant Church.
4. Orphanage for the Poor At number 111 behind a wrought iron fence you see the former Orphanage for the Poor, it was built in 1906. Please take a closer look at the interesting facing brick. We continue our walk in the Westerstraat until the Melkmarkt and turn right. Here you will find in Summertime lovely terraces to have a coffee or lunch. We take the Torenstraat to turn left and walk straight on to the Zuiderkerk (church) and Zuiderkerksteeg.
Zuiderkerk Enkhuizen
5. The Zuiderkerk (Church) The Zuiderkerk or Sint-Pancraskerk (church) was built in a late Gothic style between 1423-1458, it was honored to the martyr Pancratius and started as a Roman Catholic Church but is today a Protestant Church. Please take notice of the beautiful painted ceilings showing some biblical scenes. We follow the Zuiderkerksteeg and find ourselves back on the Westerstraat, when this street crosses the Kaasmarkt/Nieuwstraat, we turn left to find at the corner Kaasmarkt/Waagstraat, the old Waag  building.
Waag Enkhuizen
6. Waag Like every other town of that time, Enkhuizen had also a Waag, it was used for the weigh and trade of butter and cheese. The building was built in an early Renaissance style in 1559. On top of the roof there are 5 statues representing hope, justice, believe, love and strength. The guild of the barber surgeons settled on the first floor at 1636, Mr. Paludanus was the most remarkable member of them, he collected all strange objects. We walk back to the Westerstraat and at end we find the Breedstraat, here we turn right and find at nr. 53 the Town Hall.
gemeentehuis Enkhuizen
7. Town Hall It was designed in a Dutch Classicistic Style by the young architect Steven Vennecool in 1688, as you can see, he was clearly inspired by the design of the palace on the Dam Square in Amsterdam. The cannon in front of the Town Hall was conquered at the Dunkirk sailors, the famous author Joost van den Vondel has written a poem about the event. The building is still in use as the Town Hall. We continue our walk and turn left at the Zwaanstraat, we cross the Compagniebridge on to the Compagniestraat. Here we run into the Wierdijk. On this dike they have built a Seawall (1608) to protect the town against the water of the Zuiderzee during storm tide. In this seawall there is only one gate, the so called Staverse Poortje which was built in 1615 and renovated in 1833.
staverse poortje enkhuizen
We follow the Wierdijk until the next bridge at our right hand, here we cross the water and come back in the town center. At the end of the Bocht, we turn left and find a very small museum called the Flessenscheepjes Museum.
flessenscheepjes museum enkhuizen
8. Flessenscheepjes Museum The museum is accommodated in the Spuihuisje, below this building there is a lock, which could be closed by high tide and storm tide, to protect Enkhuizen and the hinterland against the water of the Zuiderzee. Now you will find the world’s finest and largest collection of ships in bottles. Coming out of the museum you cross the bridge towards a building which is called the Drommedaris. 
drommedaris enkhuizen
9. The Drommedaris This is the most famous building of Enkhuizen. It was built (1540) as a city gate as part of the city wall that surrounded Enkhuizen in the 16th century, its task was to protect the harbor against enemies. The people of Enkhuizen saw a resemblance with a dromedary, so they nick named the tower Drommedaris. In 1649 the tower was heightened, why is not clear, perhaps to make room for the carillon. The tower has had many purposes; prison, storage and post office. In1959 it became a Cultural Center, which it still is.
restaurant 't Ankertje enkhuizen
Tip 1 At the Oude Haven in front of the Drommedaris there is a good restaurant called ‘t Ankertje to have a drink or a lunch, especially on a sunny day because the terraces are at the waterside and one has a nice view over the harbor.
From the Drommedaris we walk towards the Enkhuizer Almanak Museum. 
Enkhuizer alkmanak museum
10. The Enkhuizer Almanak Museum This museum tells the history and origin of the ”Enkhuizer” Almanac. In the Middle Ages every Dutch town had its own Almanac. In the beginning it was a leaflet made by monks and spread through the church. The leaflet was specially made for people who were not able to read, so it was written in tables, symbols and signs. The information was about holy days, market days, the position of the moon, weather forecast etc.  Through the invention of the book printing in 1400, the production of Almanacs took an enormous development. After the Dutch Rebellion, the Protestants interfere and took over the control of the content. There was also information on timetables of boats, horse coaches, mail coaches but there was also information of public interest like for example local anecdotes, poems, songs etc. The Enkhuizer Almanac is the last still existing Almanac, which is published every year, this years’ edition is the 421st edition. In the museum one can even find an edition of the year 1686. We follow the Havenweg which turns into the Stationsweg and we are again at the railway station, where we started our walk. We hope you have enjoyed this walk!
Tip 2 In Enkhuizen there is also an attraction park for young children, it is called Sprookjes Wonderland, it is a Fairy Tale theme park with a number of attractions, see the link  http://www.sprookjeswonderlan d.nl/home/
Tip 3 Enkhuizen is famous for its water recreation and has many canals in- and outside its city walls, to discover the town from a boat is a relaxing way to spend your holiday, please find a link on boat rentals  http://www.bootverhuurenkhuizen.nl/ 
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Hotel tip Enkhuizen: We stayed two nights in the nice Hotel Restaurant De Koepoort. The hotel is located in the city center in the Westerstraat no. 294 in Enkhuizen. The room is modern and clean and the staff is very friendly. If you are interested in this or another hotel in Enkhuizen, please check here for the availability and best offers.
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