Monnickendam

Monnickendam

The Town of Monnickendam is well known for it's cheese, ship yards and well preserved historical center. In the 16th and 17th centuries, Monnickendam had a busy sea harbour and a flourishing trade with countries on the shores of the Baltic Sea.

Many houses date back to this period. South of the centre stands the church of St. Nicolas, patron saint of sea captains. The Weighing Hall was not only used to weigh cheese and other goods but also people accused of witchcraft! Weighing them was a way of establishing their guilt. Those found to be too light were put to death. On Market Day the bells of the De Speeltoren (Carillon Tower) ring out across the town. It’s the oldest manual carillon in the world. Next door, De Speeltoren Museum focuses on art and history. Don’t miss the exhibition on the history of the Waterland region.