Located on the IJsselmeer is directly adjacent to the waters of the North Sea, Volendam first is an ordinary fishing village which has now turned into one of the main objectives of the foreign tourists who visited the Netherlands. Distinctively unique architecture mini row of houses with colorful attractive nan, the canals that connect the various places around the village, a wooden bridge that can be ‘up and down’ if there is a passing ship or boat, the township also fresh sea-food restaurant, up to a row of souvenir shops that supposedly cheaper than in Amsterdam, this place is visited by nearly two million tourists each year. In fact, this place is also very popular among tourists (especially those coming from Indonesia) to take pictures in traditional clothes and typical Dutch wooden shoes.
Founded in 1357, initially Volendam is a small harbor of the main cheese-producing town in the Netherlands, Edam. However, when the Edam finally have a new port, Volendam if left dormant for granted. With a population of only 25 people in 1462, a small village can be reached by car in 40 minutes from Amsterdam has now grown to more than 19,000 people have very varied backgrounds in addition to the work as fishermen.
Volendam in the present condition of the object of world-class tourism is very much different from the condition in the past when this area was filled with thick mud everywhere, it is then made wooden shoes (which in local language called clogs) is strong and cheap local choice to protect your feet from dirt caused by a layer of mud.
Departing from a fishing village and slum bermasa no future, because of the expertise of local governments promote and her uniqueness positioiningkan arts and traditions and also the uniqueness of its geographic conditions, Volendam and then evolved into a place where the Dutch artist community (as well as international artists) many choose to settled here. Not only that, the rich and famous in the land of tulips also went in droves to settle in this area.
Local residents claim that what makes a very interesting place to visit Volendam is because this place still retains the hallmark of the ancient Dutch culture remained well preserved for almost 600 years. If you walk in centers located in Volendam Haven area – a narrow road that once the highest in the waterfront area on either side are filled with a variety of souvenir shops, sea-food restaurant and small hotels, you can see that the place This is different from other coastal tourist areas. Small buildings are lined up neatly along the way is still the traditional feel of a classic show, a picture that is still very similar to what you can see when visiting Volendammer Museum, a place where a variety of file documentation regarding the circumstances of this village in the past neatly stored.
Well, for those of you who plan to visit to the Netherlands, do not forget to stop by to Volendam, a place where you can enjoy the real beauty of Holland!