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Volendam – Village of Fishermen, Football Players and Singers July 10, 2016 On a beautiful sunny Sunday in July, we decide to make a trip to Volendam. The village is about an hour drive by car from our house. Other ways to come there is or by bus or by touring car, there is no railway station in Volendam. The village has only 22.000 inhabitants but it is very dynamic and loved by tourists. This Sunday too, we heard all kind of languages ranging from Chinese, Russian, Japanese, German etc.  The dike around the harbor is where it all happens. There are the gift shops, places where you can be photographed in traditional costumes and restaurants where you can eat of course all kind of fish.
Volendam fish
The village of Volendam is founded in 1357 due to the fact that the village of Edam needed a new dike/harbor to protect itself against the influences of the Zuiderzee (now IJsselmeer). On this new built dike Volendam was built. There lived farmers and fishermen, who fished on the Zuiderzee/IJsselmeer. The village is quiet different from the other surrounding towns and villages. The inhabitants speak their own language and are mostly Roman Catholic instead of Protestant.
The villagers have two passions for which they are famous, first playing football at their local football club called FC Volendam which has brought forth many football legends (e.g. Gerrie and Arnold Mühren, Theo Zwarthoed and Wim Jonk).
Secondly singing, the village has so many singers and artists (e.g. Jan Smit, BZN, The Cats and Nick & Simon and many others) that the music composed by all these artists is called the Paling sound (Eel sound referring to the former fishing history).
Volendam harbour Volendam fisherman statue
After a walk over the dike, visiting some shops and eating fish and chips, we headed home and we had to conclude that it had been a perfect day.
Volendam sightseeing tip
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Hotel tip Volendam: During our stay, we slept two nights in the Hotel Restaurant Old Dutch, with a nice view on the harbor and the IJsselmeer (lake). The address is Haven 142, which is located on the “Dijk” of Volendam. There is also a terrace, this gives the possibility to dine al fresco when the weather permits. If you are interested in this or another hotel in Volendam, please check here for the availability and best offers.
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Volendam – Village of Fishermen, Football Players and Singers July 10, 2016 On a beautiful sunny Sunday in July, we decide to make a trip to Volendam. The village is about an hour drive by car from our house. Other ways to come there is or by bus or by touring car, there is no railway station in Volendam. The village has only 22.000 inhabitants but it is very dynamic and loved by tourists. This Sunday too, we heard all kind of languages ranging from Chinese, Russian, Japanese, German etc.  The dike around the harbor is where it all happens. There are the gift shops, places where you can be photographed in traditional costumes and restaurants where you can eat of course all kind of fish.
The village of Volendam is founded in 1357 due to the fact that the village of Edam needed a new dike/harbor to protect itself against the influences of the Zuiderzee (now IJsselmeer). On this new built dike Volendam was built. There lived farmers and fishermen, who fished on the Zuiderzee/IJsselmeer. The village is quiet different from the other surrounding towns and villages. The inhabitants speak their own language and are mostly Roman Catholic instead of Protestant.
The villagers have two passions for which they are famous, first playing football at their local football club called FC Volendam which has brought forth many football legends (e.g. Gerrie and Arnold Mühren, Theo Zwarthoed and Wim Jonk).
Secondly singing, the village has so many singers and artists (e.g. Jan Smit, BZN, The Cats and Nick & Simon and many others) that the music composed by all these artists is called the Paling sound (Eel sound referring to the former fishing history).
After a walk over the dike, visiting some shops and eating fish and chips, we headed home and we had to conclude that it had been a perfect day.
Get a photo of yourself in a traditional costume!
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Hotel tip Volendam: During our stay, we slept two nights in the Hotel Restaurant Old Dutch, with a nice view on the harbor and the IJsselmeer (lake). The address is Haven 142, which is located on the “Dijk” of Volendam. There is also a terrace, this gives the possibility to dine al fresco when the weather permits. If you are interested in this or another hotel in Volendam, please check here for the availability and best offers.
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