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$57.27 Cultural & Theme Tours

Zuiderzeemuseum Enkhuizen including Round-Trip Train Ride from Amsterdam

Start your day in Amsterdam by picking up your traintickets at one of the designated points in the city. Make your way to Amsterdam Central station and catch the train to Enkhuizen. Sit back and relax whilst beautiful, typical dutch polder landscapes will be your scenery for one hour. After arrival in Enkhuizen a boat will be waiting to take you to the museum.   Outdoor Museum The Museum ferry carries you across the IJsselmeer to the Outdoor Museum where you can take a walk through history. The open-air section covers 15 acres and accommodates authentic buildings from the former Zuiderzee region, such as a church, a fish-curing shed, a mill, a cheese warehouse, shops and dwelling houses from the surrounding fishing villages. You can help craftspeople in the Marker harbour making nets, produce a rope at the rope-maker’s workplace, give the housemaid a hand, or enter into a conversation with the ‘inhabitants’ from the former island of Urk. A number of presentations offer a modern interpretation of traditional crafts, materials and themes. Indoor Museum The Indoor Museum is the treasure chamber of the Zuiderzee. Temporary exhibitions display the rich collection of the Museum. For example the exhibition Journey around the Zuiderzee presents highlights of the collection and personal stories of life in villages around the former Zuiderzee. Join the Journey round the Zuiderzee and find out what life by this former inland sea was like. The journey will take you from Enkhuizen along the Afsluitdijk and the Wadden Islands to places in Friesland and after that back to North Holland, where you will visit Marken and Volendam.The Indoor Museum also has the largest collection of wooden ships in the Netherlands. These historical wooden ships belong to the most extraordinary items in the Museum’s collection. With history, photography, traditional costume, design and an attractive and educational family exhibition, the Indoor Museum offers something for everyone. Theme 2018: A Taste of History This year, the main theme is entitled A Taste of History: what was on the menu about a hundred years ago? Where did the ingredients come from? And, equally important in times before the household refrigerator was introduced: how did people make their food last as long as possible? Food and drinksWhen on a visit to our Outdoor Museum, do not forget to visit one of our restaurants, varying from a snug pub to a self-service restaurant. After having spent a few to maximum 7 hours in the museum,  you catch the train back to the city of Amsterdam or if you wish,  spend the remainder of the day in the historic village of Enkhuizen. Your ticket for you return journey is valid until midnight.

$9.26 Shows, Concerts & Sports

Zuiderzee Museum Entrance Ticket

Visit: ZuiderzeemuseumThis admission ticket to Zuiderzee Museum allows you to enter both parts of the museum: the indoor and outdoor museum. The museum ferry (also included in entrance ticket) brings you across the IJsselmeer to the Outdoor Museum.Take a walk through history at the Outdoor Museum of Zuiderzee Museum. The open-air section covers 15 acres and accommodates authentic buildings from the former Zuiderzee region, such as a church, a fish-curing shed, a mill, a cheese warehouse, shops and dwelling houses from the surrounding fishing villages. You can help craftspeople in the Marker harbor making nets, produce a rope at the rope-maker’s workplace, give the housemaid a hand, or enter into a conversation with the ‘inhabitants’ from the former island of Urk. A number of presentations offer a modern interpretation of traditional crafts, materials and themes.The Indoor Museum is the treasure chamber of the Zuiderzee. Temporary exhibitions display the rich collection of the Museum. For example the exhibition Journey around the Zuiderzee presents highlights of the collection and personal stories of life in villages around the former Zuiderzee. The Indoor Museum also has the largest collection of wooden ships in the Netherlands. These historical wooden ships belong to the most extraordinary items in the museum’s collection. With history, photography, traditional costume, design and an attractive and educational family exhibition, the Indoor Museum offers something for everyone.

$79.99 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Zuiderzeemuseum Enkhuizen by Train combined with Canal Cruise in Amsterdam

Start your day in Amsterdam by picking up your traintickets at the canal cruise company in Amsterdam. Absorb the canal-front sights of Amsterdam on a leisurely 75-minute sightseeing cruise. Take a seat in a comfortable, glass-topped boat, and enjoy the views as you glide along the city’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed canals and listen to the informative audio commentary. Drift by top Amsterdam attractions such as the Anne Frank House and City Hall, and drink in the gabled townhouses, bridges and leafy canalsides from the peaceful vantage point of the water. A relaxing way to get to know the pretty Dutch capital for first-time visitors. Then, either the same or the next day, make your way to Amsterdam Central station and catch the train to Enkhuizen. Sit back and relax whilst beautiful, typical dutch polder landscapes will be your scenery for one hour. After arrival in Enkhuizen a boat will be waiting to take you to the museum. Outdoor Museum The Museum ferry carries you across the IJsselmeer to the Outdoor Museum where you can take a walk through history. The open-air section covers 15 acres and accommodates authentic buildings from the former Zuiderzee region, such as a church, a fish-curing shed, a mill, a cheese warehouse, shops and dwelling houses from the surrounding fishing villages. You can help craftspeople in the Marker harbour making nets or produce a rope at the rope-maker’s workplace,  Indoor Museum The Indoor Museum is the treasure chamber of the Zuiderzee. Temporary exhibitions display the rich collection of the Museum. For example the exhibition Journey around the Zuiderzee presents highlights of the collection and personal stories of life in villages around the former Zuiderzee. Join the Journey round the Zuiderzee and find out what life by this former inland sea was like. With history, photography, traditional costume, design and an attractive and educational family exhibition, the Indoor Museum offers something for everyone. Theme 2018; A Taste of history. This year, the main theme is entitled A Taste of History: what was on the menu about a hundred years ago? Where did the ingredients come from? And, equally important in times before the household refrigerator was introduced: how did people make their food last as long as possible? Food and drinksWhen on a visit to our Outdoor Museum, do not forget to visit one of our restaurants, varying from a snug pub to a self-service restaurant. After having spent a few to maximum 7 hours in the museum,  you catch the train back to the city of Amsterdam or if you wish,  spend the remainder of the day in the historic village of Enkhuizen. Your ticket for you return journey is valid until midnight.

$97.18 Day Trips & Excursions

Giethoorn & the New Polders: Day Tour from Amsterdam

Take a day trip from Amsterdam to visit polders, the Ijsselmeer, and a village known as the Venice of the North. Your day begins with a 1-hour drive to Enk¬huizen, a quaint 17th century port town on the shores of the former Zuiderzee, now known as the IJsselmeer. Take a short stroll in Enkhuizen to get an impression of the old town before crossing the IJssel¬meer on a 20-kilometer-long dike. You’ll continue on through the reclaimed land, known as polders, passing the new town of Lelystad, the capital of Flevoland. The highlight of the full-day tour is a visit to the village of Giethoorn. It is known as the Venice of the North as canals serve as the streets of the village, and access is by boat only. You’ll enjoy a 1-hour boat ride through this lovely village, admiring the beautifully restored farm houses along the canals. There will also be some time to wander around Giethoorn on your own, or to take a break in one of the many cafés. On the way back to Amsterdam, you’ll pass through the scenic landscapes of the Flevoland region.

$31.81 Private & Custom Tours

Private Walking Tour of Enkhuizen

At either 10:30am or 1:30pm, meet your private guide at your hotel, river cruise ship, or the Enkhuizen train station and set off at a relaxing pace to explore this charming Dutch town. With just your group and your private guide, enjoy the flexibility to customize the walking tour to your liking — so you can really see, feel, and learn all about the town. As you wander through Enkhuizen's historic streets, step back in time to the Dutch Golden Age of the 17th century, when Holland was one of the most influential countries in the world — and Enkhuizen one of its main port cities. See the lively harbour and shopping street, and learn about the traditional practice of building ships in bottles from your guide. Pass by the Dromedary Defense Tower, an ancient fortress that was recently renovated into a modern cultural center. Admire the high tower of the Zuiderkerk (South Church), and step inside to see the beautiful pipe organ, built in 1621. Visit the Snouck van Loosenpark, a green oasis in the middle of the city that was built in the late 19th century as a social housing project.  Your tour concludes at the Zuiderzeemuseum (South Sea Museum), where you can visit the museum's exhibits at your leisure. Before bidding farewell to your guide, get insider’s tips about local restaurants, shops, attractions, activities, public transport, and more.

$62.47 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Historic Triangle Tour: Hoorn, Medemblik and Enkhuizen

Your full day on the countryside will start at the train station of Enkhuizen or if you wish to combine this tour with a visit to the Zuiderzee Holland Outdoor Museum; at the train station in Hoorn. Set off in a relaxing pace to make sure you really get to see, feel and learn all about this area of North Holland called West-Frisia. After meeting your personal guide at the train station in Enkhuizen, start exploring the highlights of this historic town, once an important harbour to the former United East India Company (VOC). The United East India Company is often referred as the world’s first multinational company, and was definitely the first to issue stocks. Essential to Holland’s establishment of its colonies in Asia, and to the subsequent spice trade, it was arguably the 1st ever mega corporation. Your guide will take you on a stroll around the 17th-century town centre. Go to the Snouck van Loosen Park to see one of the first social housing projects of the Netherlands. Learn about Enkhuizen’s maritime traditions in the harbour, and marvel at the old defence tower of the Drommedaris.After a walk around town of about 45 minutes, take a seat aboard the historic ferry ship Friesland. Enjoy views over the lake Ijsselmeer (Former Zuiderzee/South Sea), watch the birds in the sky and see traditional flat bottom sail ships passing by in the 90 minutes trip to the next stop, Medemblik. Upon arrival at the once prosperous trading town you will have about 1-hour to explore on your own. Admire the 17th and 18th century merchant houses of Holland’s Golden Age, and grab a sandwich of typical Dutch cheese. Next, ride a historic steam train to Hoorn. The engine whistles and the fireman shovels coal into the firebox. Wooden partitions creak, wheels sing and steam hisses. From the wooden 3rd class seats in your carriage you will experience a story from a different era. The train meanders from village to village across the West Frisian countryside.  After arrival in Hoorn you have time to visit the Steam Train Museum.Finally have your personal guide take you for a walk around town to see the harbour where the spices arrived from Asia that gave Holland its prosperity.You can choose to depart from Hoorn if you prefer, taking the tour in reverse. This option also includes entrance to the Zuiderzeemuseum in Enkhuizen. See authentic buildings from the former Zuiderzee region, including a church, fish-curing shed, cheese warehouse, and houses from the surrounding fishing villages. The staff will demonstrate historical crafts from everyday life, and more.