A range of activities in the area

The history of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) is everywhere to be seen in Enkhuizen. Villa Enkhuizen is situated in a town where time seems to have stood still. Enkhuizen and its surroundings are great for walking, cycling and boat trips.

Ferries to the Zuiderzee Museum, Stavoren, Medemblik, Urk and Hoorn depart right in front of Villa Enkhuizen. The attractive historical centre has a wide range of interesting shops and boutiques. Around the harbour there are many cosy cafés and good quality restaurants.

Water sports events

Enkhuizen is the perfect place to view or even participate in a wide range of water sports events. It is the starting point for the annual Dutch Clipper Race. All competitions related to the Flevo Race also start in the immediate vicinity of the town. Enkhuizen even has its own beach, with many facilities for water sports lovers. Four different ferry services take you from Enkhuizen to Stavoren, Urk or Medemblik.

Cultural activities

A guided walk is a good way to explore the historical centre of Enkhuizen. The Zuiderzee Museum is a must see. It has a great number of special activities for children. EnkhuizenBoeit provides information on a wide range of cultural activities in Enkhuizen, such as festivals, concerts, cinema listings and theatre plays.

Theme Park Sprookjeswonderland (Fairytale Wonderland)

Characters from fairy tales, a range of attractions, a real castle… There’s a lot to see at Sprookjeswonderland (Dutch website). Over the past few years the park has expanded a lot. Sprookjeswonderland makes for an ideal trip for families with young children.

Cycling in the area

The West Friesland countryside around Enkhuizen is perfect for cycling and walking. Enjoy extensive polder panoramas, blossoming tulip fields or a view over the IJsselmeer.

Shopping in Enkhuizen

Shopping in Enkhuizen is full of surprises! In streets such as Westerstraat and Vijzelstraat you’ll find a mix of big brand high street stores and quaint independent shops and boutiques. The shops are open from Monday to Saturday and every first Sunday of the month.

Attractive bars, cafés and restaurants

Attractive bars, cafés and good quality restaurants can be found around the harbours of Enkhuizen. Many restaurants have a spectacular view across the IJsselmeer.