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Volendam is a town north of Amsterdam. Volendam is popular among tourists because of the old fishing boats and traditional clothing of residents.

Volendam history: Originally Volendam is the location of the harbour of Edam, which was situated at the mouth of the IJ-bay. But Volendam got its own harbour after Edam dug a shorter canal to the IJ. It mainly were farmers and fishermen who settled in Volendam.

In 2001 a café fire in Volendam was in the news. 14 People died and 200 people were injured. Further Volendam  is well known because of its musicians like BZN and Jan Smit. This Volendam music is called ‘palingsound’.

Volendam sightseeing: The harbour with old fishing ships is the main tourist attraction of Volendam, but besides that Volendam also has some museums, historical buildings and visitors can wear the traditional clothes.



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Volendam harbour                           Old fishing ships in Volendam           Statue of lady in traditional clothes   


How to get in Volendam: By car: from Amsterdam follow the N247. You’ll reach Volendam in 25 minutes.   Public transport: from Amsterdam Central Station IJzijde take bus 110, 118, 312 or 316. By bus it’s about 30-40 minutes. You can also plan your Volendam trip here and read more about using public transport here.


Volendam museum Volendam sightseeing
Palingsound MuseumDiamantslijperij
Volendams MuseumDe Dijk (boulevard)
Het Doolhof (historical centre)
Haven (harbor)
Visafslag St.-Vincentius


Volendam map

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