Picturesque harbour towns

Smalltown Harbours such as Edam, Volendam, Marken and Monnickendam all share a rich history of fishing and trade.

Traditional harbour towns and villages near Amsterdam

Situated on the edge of the Zuiderzee, a former inland sea now separated into the IJsselmeer and Markermeer by major dikes, their authentic character and charm has survived intact for centuries. The still-active fishing harbours of these towns are a perfect spot to taste traditional treats like fresh herring or smoked eel, but they’ve also been decked out with beautiful and cosy waterside terraces and restaurants, making for perfect spots to wine, dine and socialise. While there, don’t forget to explore the old ways of country living or try on some traditional Dutch costumes and clogs!

A self-guided cycle tour through this picturesque Dutch landscape is the perfect city escape! The trail starts at Amsterdam Central Station.

Old Holland towns


For a fantastic trip back into ‘Old Holland’, head for Volendam, a picturesque town on the shores of the IJsselmeer, just 20 km north of Amsterdam.


Marken is a former island in the Markermeer. This peninsula remains a popular seaside getaway that’s reachable via a long causeway or a reliable fleet...


Cheese is the first thing that springs to mind when most people think of Edam. This small town, which sits on the bank of the Markermeer, north of Ams...


Monnickendam is a town in Noord-Holland on the bank of the IJsselmeer. Its history goes back to the Middle Ages when the small village was buzzing wit...

How to get to Old Holland:

How to get to Old Holland

Find your way to the top attractions in Old Holland using public transport.

Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket

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