Welcome to Urk


Although now cut off from the North Sea, Urk is still a centre of the seafood industry, with dozens of historic fishing boats moored around the harbour. The town is divided into wijken (districts); Wijk 1 takes in the central harbour, Wijk 2 the eastern side of the harbour, and Wijk 3 the town centre and western shore.

Some 80m offshore lies the Ommelebommelestien, a slippery rock said to be the birthplace of all native Urkers. Legend also has it that, far from receiving the delivery by stork, dad had to take a rowboat to pick up his newborn.


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$57.77 Cultural & Theme Tours

Zuiderzee Museum plus Train and Ferry Tickets from Amsterdam

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: ZuiderzeemuseumOutdoor 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. Duration: 3 hours

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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.