The Waterland region is located south and east of Purmerend and forms a green strip between Purmerend and Amsterdam. Picturesque villages such as Edam, Volendam, Broek in Waterland, Kwadijk, Overleek and Ilpendam together form a beautiful cycling route.
The village has become a tourist attraction in North Holland. There are fun activities for young and old throughout the year.
Volendam is also called the pearl of the Zuiderzee. De Dijk is located directly on the Ijsselmeer and the Marken Express takes you from the Dijk to the Marken Peninsula. In the summer you can also rent sloops and enjoy sailing on the lake. And of course skating with a cold winter!
From the hotel you can take a nice bike ride and have a nice cup of coffee in one of the many cafés and restaurants in Volendam!
In short, Volendam is worth a visit!
We go back to the year 1357, the year in which Edam received city rights and was allowed to build a harbor. It was the start of a beautiful era full of trade. The Edams Museum is worth a visit! You will be taken back to the Golden Age of Holland. For the contemporary splendor of Edam you must visit the cheese market that has existed since the 1920s.
Rent a bike and discover Edam.
We look back to the Middle Ages, when Monnickendam was one of the most important passages in Noord-Holland. With a beautiful location by the sea plus the ships from Monnickendam were specially for the Baltic Sea trade. This trade put Monnickendam on the map.
Today, the majority of Monnickendam is a monumental heritage. Due to its small scale, Monnickendam is ideal for discovering everything yourself.
Don't forget to visit the Waegh where traders used to weigh the products and later the 'witches' were weighed.
Broek in Waterland
The picturesque village is only 10 minutes from Amsterdam and the hotel. No wonder so many famous rich 17th & 18th century merchants and sailors built houses in Broek in Waterland. Every house is a living historical milestone.
Walk through the small streets and canals and do not worry if you notice that you are staring at the most beautiful places. The locals are proud of the charming and peaceful village. The name of the village literally translates into "trousers in the land of water". Keep an eye on the wooden houses and explore the small canals behind the 14th-century church of Saint Nicholas.
The Ilperveld is a quiet, beautiful water area with hundreds of islands of trilveen. A broke peat meadow area, with countless ditches and canals and reed beds. The vegetation along the ditch is rich, a mosaic of marsh scroll clover, real cuckoo flower, winged deer hay, water mint and spoon leaf. Bush and crow heathland and even sundew grow. Black-tailed godwit, lapwing, redshank, harrier harrier and roe-dipper find their perfect habitat here. Cows, sheep and goats graze the land here and there. During the migration time the Ilperveld is a refuge for thousands of passers-by, such as wigeons, curlews, geese and many other special birds.
The Ilperveld is best viewed from a boat. Go on a sailing excursion or rent a canoe, whisper pin or a rowing boat. You can rent a boat from May to October. Explore the Ilperpad on foot behind the Visitor Center. Walk to the bird watching hut or take the ferry to the research location of Up with the Peat.