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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$56.70 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.

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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.