part of the Enkhuizen fishing fleet is moored in the Oude Haven
Enkhuizen's coat of arms depicts a lady holding a shield with herrings
the facade of het Oude Weeshuis was completely restored in 1906
the floor is littered with grave stones
inside the Westerkerk
here the sell ships in a bottle
in summer it is busy along the Oude Haven
the statue for Paulus Potter, famous Dutch painter from the 17th century
the oldest version of the Enkhuizer Almanak dates from 1686 and contains tidetables and weather forecasts
the connection with the IJselmeer
Enkhuizen

After 1000 AD Enkhuizen emerged as a merger between two age-old hamlets.
In the next centuries rising sea-levels and a series of devastatingfloods created the Zuiderzee, causing mayhem and death.

But it also put Enkhuizen in the ideal spot to expand international trade and supporting industries like shipbuilding and rope and sail making.

At first the trade focused on the Baltics and it was in this era that Enkhuizen gained its city rights in 1355.

The Age of Discovery opened up the world and Enkhuizen was quick to grab the opportunity. As a member of the VOC it participated in the lucrative spice-trade and the city flourished. But after 1650 the traders moved to Amsterdam and Enkhuizen fell into decline.


In 1885 the railway reached Enkhuizen and when in 1886 the ferry service with Stavoren was opened the city became a major stop on the Amsterdam Groningen route. Together with a growing seed production and seed trade Enkhuizen flourished again.

Thanks to its large marina, tourism is a major part of Enkhuizen's present day economy.

We visited Enkhuizen in August 2018.

 

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the characteristic tower of the Westerkerk
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the main entrance to the Westerkerk, now a cultural center
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the Oude Haven (old harbour) is dominated by the Drommedaris tower and the elegant lift bridge
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the Drommedaris with city gate was part Enkhuizen's defensive line and dates from 1540
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construction of the Zuider Kerk started in 1423 and finished in 1524
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the Harbour Office
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