At first glance, it can be a little hard to see and understand why Volendam is so ridiculously popular with tourists and travel guides. One is reminded of how some celebrities are famous for being famous. But as you explore the town and get to know it, it all makes perfect sense.
For one, you realise that the village's look and layout have basically been unchanged for the past 600 years, and you're getting a very real look into something original and historic. The pretty buildings and the lovely and lively marina aren't just there for show. Head out into the jetty and mingle with the locals there; it’s the thing to do. Also check out the church from the 17th century.
Cheese processing and farming is synonymous with the village; the tours are for free. One cheese farm even has an adjoining wooden shoe factory that makes famous Dutch style clogs. At the Palinsound Museum, discover the artists that developed a unique genre of pop music and helped put the city on the national map.
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Marina Volendam, Marinahaven, Netherlands
12:01 am - 12:00 am
There's only one thing to do here. Come, stand, and wish you lived here. In front of a row of colorful Volendam style houses is this new marina. It was opened in 2007. It has space for about 500 moderate sized boats. Walk out onto the main jetty in the centre. Kids will like it there. There are picnic tables. The harbour office at the end of the jetty is a good place to take pictures from. A great number of establishments surround it - restaurants, cafes, health center, sports shop, clothing store and a supermarket. The marina is frequently used as a launch pad for watersports enthusiasts. Next to the marina is a small water park called 'Slobbeland, with its own swimming pool, slides and play area. Or you could swim in the beach and test out the various playground amenities.
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Haven 82, 1131 ET Volendam, Netherlands
Tourists head into this local favourite photo studio for one reason alone - to get a picture clicked of themselves dressed in a traditional ancient Volendam costume. You should just know that locals consider this horribly kitschy, as no one who lives here would be caught dead wearing it. It's still a fun souvenir to take home though, as you get various costume options, a number of accessories, and a very rural traditional Dutch background for the photographs. The studio was formed by Pouw de Boer, over his father's bakery, when he saw how much fun Americans had playing dress up in 1925.
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Zeestraat 41, 1131 ZD Volendam, Netherlands
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Every visiting tourist is after a while struck by a curious question - why is Volendam so famous? For all purposes and intents, it looks like any regular port town, albeit a pretty one. This museum, while exploring the evolution of Volendam into a modern town in the late 19th and early 20th century, answers that question.
There is a wonderful exhibit of Volendam art - drawings, sculptures, ceramics, photographs and postcards. There is a magnificent collection of paintings of the city by a variety of artists. Recreated rooms from another era showcase an astonishing level of detail. In another area, you'll find displays of national costumes and ornaments. The fishing exhibit also has models of boats. But everyone's favourite tends to be the cigar house, a cottage with an interior patterned with 11 million cigar bands, a unique mosaic.
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Zeddeweg 1, 1131 CW Volendam, Netherlands
08:30 am - 06:00 pm
Think of the following cheeses - Edam, Gouda, Sheep and Goat. Think of getting intimate with them, knowing how they were made, how to tell the subtle differences in their textures and flavours. That's what you'll learn at this beautiful Noord-Holland farmhouse. The staff, dressed in the local traditional costume, greet you and take you on tour. After you're done, you should check out the gift shop, and of course, you should buy some cheese.
But this trip just won't be complete without visiting the adjacent De Vriendschap wooden shoe factory. Here you'll be treated to a free demonstration of how Dutch clogs are carved and decorated, something that is a highly vaunted skill in the country. And yes, you should buy a pair of this beautiful footwear.
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Slobbeland 19, 1131 AA Volendam, Netherlands
10:00 am - 11:30 pm
Palingpop is a very specific sound of pop music developed almost exclusively by Volendam artists. In this museum, above a rather excellent restaurant, is are roomfuls of memorabilia in tribute of the creators who popularized the genre at home and abroad. It explores 100 years of musical history through artefacts, instruments, awards, records, and photographs. The warmly lit exhibit has every wall covered with something or the other; musical paraphernalia hangs off the rafters.
Just in case you were wondering, the restaurant serves famous smoked eel. If you're eating here, they might give you a tour of the eel smokehouse. Outside the restaurant museum is a lovely dining terrace.. There is an outdoor exhibit of sculptures by Rob Cerneus on the beach beyond.
Built in 1658, this is the oldest church in Volendam. The bell homestead (or farmhouse) style building is made entirely out of wood. Inside is an 18th century organ, with pipes from different periods from history. There is a bell tower on top. The Protestant church was made a national monument in 1976. It is still in active use, but is usually closed to tourists and visitors. Most just take a picture from outside and move on.
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Kerkepad 1, 1131 CX Volendam, Netherlands
08:00 am - 06:00 pm
Volendam's second most famous church is a Catholic one. It was built in 1860. In addition to being a place of prayer, it is also regularly used for organ concerts. The Volendam Opera Choir holds an annual concert as well. The organ at the church today was built in 1916, though the church only acquired it in 1971. In case there is a service for a celebration, baptism, wedding or funeral, church may be closed to visitors.
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Haven 43, 1131 EP Volendam, Netherlands
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Sadly, the days that fish was auctioned off here in a spirited round of purchasing in the morning have long passed. The building was built in 1934 and is today regarded as a monument. Its insides are decorated to represent a traditional Volendam room. Sometimes, during school events or cultural activities, the whole fish market vibe is recreated at this house.
Haven 102a, 1131 EV Volendam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
12:01 am - 12:00 am
This cocktail and coffee bar is popular with tourists and locals alike. The mixology is innovative and delicious. The finger food and tapas is delectable. The service is proficient. The atmosphere is chilled out. The bar offers a short workshop on cocktail mixing, with a prize for the best mixer in the class.