Enkhuizen

Enkhuizen

Enkhuizen is a town oozing history. There are 350 monuments across the historical centre. The tourist information office can help you with scenic walking routes to tour the town.

We will list some of the best-known monuments. The stout town hall was designed in a sober style called ‘Hollands Classicisme’ by an architect called in from Amsterdam in 1686. It is still in use by the mayor and council members and is closed to the public. The Weighing Hall (1559) is an example of early Renaissance. The scales on the ground floor are still there. The top floor housed the surgeon’s chambers (1636+) including a meeting room and lecture room for the guild of surgeons. Zuiderkerk or St. Pancras Church is a late-gothic hall church built between 1423 and 1524. Inside you’ll find a great many gravestones with family coat-of-arms and inscriptions. The carillon tower is 68m high and boasts 17th-century carillon bells, cast by the Hemony brothers, which still ring out daily. The town prison is a leaning brick building (1612) for the most part in its original state. The prison cell walls are oaken. The heavy doors and multi-pane and stained-glass windows still have period cast-iron bars on the inside. Instruments of torture have also survived the centuries.

Enkhuizen has two water gates: Boerenboom and Oude Gouwsboom. Water gates are openings in a defensive town wall, where boats could go in and out on a waterway. The canal could be shut off with bulkhead gates coming down from the interior to keep out the enemy. A definite must-see in Enkhuizen is the Zuiderzee Museum. In the open-air part of the museum you’ll find a nice collection of typical and original architecture from the shores of the Zuiderzee. In the museum proper, various collections, from historical boats to costumes, as well as an overview of all the shipping routes and influences from abroad, complete the picture of Zuiderzee culture pre-1932. Just recently, post-1932 exhibits have been taken on board. 

Do you Want to know how all these monuments and sites can be combined the best? You can stop by the Tourist Office for some nice hiking trails that lead you through the monuments.