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Dutch in Monnickendam


The exquisite Posthoorn hotel's Michelin-starred restaurant uses local produce in stunning daily changing dishes like North Sea scallops with grapefruit carpaccio and wasabi Béarnaise, jenever-flambéed veal sweetbre…
Historic Building in Monnickendam


Monnickendam's trademark building is the 15th-century Speeltoren, an elegant, Italianate clock tower and former town hall. The tower's 17th-century glockenspiel (carillon) – Europe's oldest – performs at 11am and no…
Museum in Marken

Marker Museum

A row of eel-smoking houses in the Kerkbuurt area have been converted into the Marker Museum, which delves into Marken's history and includes the re-created interior of a fisher’s home, with a wealth of personal odd…
Cafe in Monnickendam

Theetuin Overleek

At the water's edge 3km west of town, this seasonally opening wooden teahouse is a charming spot to indulge in high tea (reservations essential), but you can just drop by for light bites like sandwiches and cakes. I…
Church in Monnickendam

Grote Kerk

The Gothic Grote Kerk, on the southern outskirts of town, is renowned for its triple nave, tower galleries and a dazzling oak choir screen dating from the 16th century. Its main organ, dating from 1780, is also know…
Toys in Monnickendam

Avontuur in Miniatuur

Dolls houses (and everything you need to furnish, decorate and populate them) are the speciality of this miniature wonderland. When you visit, you may see craftspeople sitting around the shop's large table creating …
Historic Building in Monnickendam


On the town's central canal, the Waag (weigh house) was the focal point of local economic life. In 1905 it was given grand Tuscan columns, a common trick of the day designed to make it look much older and more impre…
Historic Building in Monnickendam

In de Bonte Os

In de Bonte Os is the only house that's left in its original 17th-century state. In the days before proper glass, the curious vertical shutters at street level were made to let in air and light.
Church in Marken

Grote Kerk

Completed in 1904, Marken's Grote Kerk has a barrel-vaulted ceiling strung with ship models designed to attract grace to local seamen.