Volendam

Volendam

Volendam is a fishing village where the authentic atmosphere has been preserved nicely.

In 1357 the inhabitants of Edam dug a shortcut to the Zuiderzee. In front of the old harbour a dam was raised and the harbour was filled up with sand. Soon farmers and fishermen settled down, arising Volendam. During five centuries Volendam was no more than a forgotten village of fishermen. In this isolation the old habits, the traditional costumes and the Catholic faith remained intact.

In the second half of the 19th century, artists came to Volendam to be inspired by this characteristic village with its inhabitants in traditional costumes. Due to this, tourists became more and more interested. During the years, Volendam has changed, but the inhabitants still distinguish themselves from the rest of the country: they speak in a distinctive dialect and many of them remained Catholic in this predominantly Protestant surrounding. The traditional costumes have mainly disappeared but following several celebrities, many tourist have themselves photographed in Volendam costume.