Enkhuizen, the beginning of a water sports vacation
Do you want a sailboat and go on a sailing holiday? Are you looking for a nice place to start this water sports holiday? Then Enkhuizen is the place to be. In Enkhuizen, you moor right in the historic city, with ample water, three modern marinas and many sights.
Enkhuizen, a city rich in history
Enkhuizen is located on the very edge of North Holland, where the Markermeer flows into the IJsselmeer.
In the Golden Age, Enkhuizen enjoyed great wealth thanks to herring fishing and flourishing overseas trade.
Enkhuizen is also known as Haringstad because in the 17th century the largest herring fleet in the Netherlands sailed from here. You can still see the town's medieval prosperity in a large number of ancient buildings in Enkhuizen.
The Drommedaris, the southern entrance gate and once part of the city wall, is a striking example of this.
Activities with a cultural touch
The town hall of Enkhuizen, with its outstanding interior from the 17th century, is worth a visit for culture lovers.
The Spuihuisje was also built in the 17th century and now houses the Flessenscheepjesmuseum. Visit the Drommedaris for an enjoyable evening of theatre or cabaret. During the day, discover the Zuiderzee Museum for a taste of medieval life on the Zuiderzee.
Enkhuizen for children
Fairytale Wonderland is a theme park that's perfect for small children.
If you want to relax for an afternoon, go to the Enkhuizer Zandstrand on the banks of the IJsselmeer.
Temporary summer activities
In May, music lovers can enjoy the Jazz and Folk Festival, and in June, the largest annual fair in North Holland takes place.
Activities with a sporty touch
Once moored, there is much to do and see on the water and the mainland. Activities that attract a fleet of visitors every year are:
• The Enkhuizer Klipperrace.
• The Open Dutch Championship Lemsteraken.
• The Race for the North.
If you want to get out on the water yourself, but you don't own a boat, there are various options around Enkhuizen to rent a sailing yacht.