Urk attractions

Lighthouse in Urk

Vuurtoren van Urk

Urk's 18.5m-high lighthouse was built in 1845, replacing a small stone tower where a coal fire guided ships into port. Climb 295 steps to the top for views of the town and the IJsselmeer.
Monument in Urk


Opposite the church by the water's edge you'll spot the Vissersmonument, a lonely statue of a woman in a billowing dress gazing seaward where her loved ones were lost. Marble tablets around the perimeter list the Ur…
Church in Urk

Kerkje aan de Zee

The supports of the village church are made entirely out of masts of VOC (Dutch East India Company) ships that brought back exotic goods from the East Indies. Inside are ship models and, at times, haunting recitals …
Museum in Urk

Museum het Oude Raadhuis

Urk's former town hall now contains a small museum covering the history of the one-time island through traditional clothing, model ships, re-creations of fishers' cottages and local artworks.