A charming fishing village
Monnickendam’s small fishing industry harkens back to the Dutch Golden Age, as its location made it an ideal access point for the busier towns like Alkmaar and Purmerend. During this time, several shipyards and smokehouses were constructed, which are still in operation today. It’s not uncommon to catch a whiff of fresh eel being smoked while strolling through the town’s adorable streets and past its beautiful harbour.
What to see and do in Monnickendam
On arriving in Monnickendam you will be struck by the town’s old world beauty. Walk along the harbour and you will see centuries old fishing trawlers, well-preserved monuments and ancient architecture. Take in the Grote or Sint-Nicolaaskerk, a 15th century brick church built in Gothic style, and the Waterland Museum Speeltoren, which is attached to a stately bell tower.
In the warmer (and dryer!) months, cycling tours are a great way to explore Monnickendam. Several routes are laid out with numbered markers. You can also take a boat cruise through the beautiful harbour to truly experience this special location.
Fine dining in Monnickendam
Bring an element of luxury to your stay in Monnickendam by spending a night at Suitehotel. The hotel’s long-standing Michelin-starred restaurant, Posthoorn, offers a fabulously indulgent dining experience using local produce that will transport you back to the Dutch Golden Age.
Tip: you might also be inspired to try our top 10 restaurants worth travelling to from Amsterdam.
How to get to Monnickendam
Monnikendam is a short day trip from Amsterdam, and can easily be added to a journey to Edam, Volendam or Marken. Take bus 315 from Amsterdam Central Station to arrive in Monnickendam in less than an hour.
To make the most of your day exploring, take advantage of the Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket, which offers unlimited travel on buses, trams, trains and metros in the Amsterdam Area for 24 hours for just € 19.50.