Experience Volendam - a charming harbour village

A visit to Volendam typically begins with a stroll down De Dijk, the main harbour strip, which remains a lively shopping and residential street. On one side you have the working trawlers and fishing boats, which remain the lifeblood for so many in the area. On the other you can see the traditional wooden buildings and homes. Make the most of your time in the fishing village by sampling the freshly caught seafood. A variety of cosy cafés and restaurants, along with outdoor seafood vendors, will tempt your tastebuds with the catch of the day.  Volendam harbour

Things to see and do in Volendam

Take a trip back in time with a visit to Volendams Museum. It houses a quirky assortment of artefacts, traditional clothing and life-sized dioramas, which give you an idea of life in the 19th century. It also exhibits paintings and drawings by the many artists that visited the town in that era. Visitors in search of dairy-based delicacies will enjoy a trip to the Cheese Factory, one of the latest attractions in the city with interactive installations, activities and of course, tastings. In addition, thousands of people head to Volendam to take part in a variety of water sports during the warmer months of the year.

Accommodation in Volendam

Volendam’s Hotel Spaander, still in operation today, originally opened in 1881 as a refuge for artists. It quickly became a favoured meeting place for painters from all over Europe. One can tell just by looking at the walls. The hotel contains over 1,400 works from its historical heyday. Not an art lover? Hotel Spaander also offers an on-site Turkish bath along with a cosy lounge and an elegant dining room that will both make you feel like you’ve been transported to another era.

Volendam harbour sunset

How to get to Volendam

The gorgeous sites of Volendam are less than an hour away from Amsterdam. Look out for bus 110 or 316 which leave Amsterdam Central Station several times 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.

Find more inspiration and plan your trip at VVV Volendam.