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VOC & Brown Fleet

The history of the Dutch East India Company, the VOC, is still visible in Enkhhuizen today. In the 17th and 18th century the VOC was the largest trading company in the world that travelled to Asiatic countries with its beautiful ships to conduct trade. The favourable location beside the IJsselmeer made it attractive to base a 'VOC Chamber' here. The 'Drommedaris', the defence towers in the port, and the centre with its historical buildings are reminders of these prosperous times.

It goes without saying that water sports lovers will be in their element here. The modern marinas offer every convenience and a visit to the centre is easily made. It is not so surprising then that many ships from the brown fleet have also adopted Enkhuizen as their homeport.

The West Frisian Water Weeks, the Clipper Race and the Jazz Festival are a selection from the many events that are organized each year in and around the harbour. Culture is not lacking either. In the Zuiderzee Museum, craftsmen display their work and you can get an impression of life at sea. The Ship-in-a-Bottle Museum, Fisheries Museum and Enhuizen Almanak Museum are also worth visiting. Families with young children should definitely not miss Sprookjeswonderland (Fairytale Wonderland). 

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A day in Sprookjeswonderland (Fairytale Land)

Senna and Marit were enchanted during our visit to Sprookjeswonderland. The dwarf village was favourite: we did 3 laps! Also not to be underestimated: the excellent value for money; also for catering. The Zuiderzee Museum is on our list for next year. Familie Drenth