Latest update: 27 July 2022
Picturesque and idyllic. That’s how Monnickendam is usually described. The words are a bit cliché to describe a town, but they are wholly justified in this case. Because wow, what a cute town it is. So let’s see what you can do in Monnickendam on a day trip from Amsterdam.
Discover the old center of Monnickendam
Monnickendam is a cozy town that is close to Amsterdam. It’s only a twenty-minute drive by car (try Sunny Cars or EasyTerra for car rental) or a little over half an hour by public transport. You can easily discover it on foot, and there is plenty to see. Monnickendam has 74 national monuments: from a wooden bridge to historic houses with unique facades.
Due to fire, the ancient buildings have unfortunately been destroyed. So the ones you now see, most of them are from the 17th century. Only the Speeltoren from 1355 is still standing tall. It’s the oldest building in the city. The Saint Nicholas Church is free to visit. It regularly hosts exhibitions.
Waterlands Museum de Speeltoren
The Speeltoren is now home to the Waterlands Museum de Speeltoren. They proudly say that they are exhibiting the most out-of-tune carillon in Europe. A carillon is a musical instrument with bells that you play with ropes. The carillon is already about 500 years old; that’s why the sound is pretty bad. The bells hang in the Speeltoren, and you can also see them in the museum to see how the instrument works.
The museum also pays attention to the history of the landscape in Waterland (the municipality to which Monnickendam belongs), artists from the area, and the shipping and fishing past.
Tip! Are you with 6 people or more? Then Museumhuis Timmerman will be happy to open its doors for you. Contact them.
City walk through Monnickendam
The tourist office of Laag Holland has mapped out a few lovely walks through the city. What about exploring historic Monnickendam with a walking route of only two kilometers? Or read alternately with your walking partner during the dialogue walk, or download the PDF for the facade stone route. It leads you past different houses, and you can read more about the meaning of the gable stones.
City brewery at the harbor
Monnickendam is located on the Markermeer. Waterland Brewery has found a beautiful spot for the brewery and tasting room in the harbor. Bierderij Waterland is the beer lab and tasting room of the brewery. On a sunny day, it is lovely outside. I’m getting a bit of beach club vibes. And I get delicious beers. I try the Silver beer and food tasting with three beers of my choice. The snack platter is huge – I’m not going anywhere anytime soon!
Google Maps location Bierderij Waterland
Tea garden Overleek for a high tea in Monnickendam
Just outside the center, on the water, between the meadows, is the delightful Theehuis Overleek. A small oasis with free-range chickens, homemade cakes, or even a high tea. You can’t make a reservation, so just go on the spec. Surely they’ll have a spot for you.
Google Maps location Theetuin Overleek
Sailing with a whisper boat
Rent a cute whisper boat to discover the Monnickendam area by water. You get on at Theetuin Overleek, and from there, you sail through the beautiful nature reserve and past the various villages. You can even bring a picnic. Of course, you have to book in advance, but no worries: you can cancel free of charge if the weather is terrible, now that’s good service.
Combining Monnickendam with Volendam
More travel inspiration for the Netherlands
Useful links for travel in the Netherlands
- Travel guides. I love the practical travel guides from Lonely Planet, buy them at Bol.com or Book Depository. The latter has longer delivery times but is often cheaper. I always like it to see my own country through the eyes of foreign visitors.
- Accommodation. Forever favorites: Booking.com, Natuurhuisje, Campspace , and Airbnb. Or try a holiday resort viaBelVilla or Roompot. Rather stay in a hostel? Try HostelWorld. Something different: BoerenBed.
- Activities. You book the best tours and activities with GetYourGuide and Viator. For tours with locals, go to WithLocals or Hi,hi Guide. And for bike tours, try Baja Bikes.
- Car rental. My go-to car rental companies are EasyTerra and Sunny Cars as they have all-inclusive / worry-free offers.
- Public transport. Use the regular public transport options, or find a bus, train, or something else on Busbud or Omio.
- Travel gear. Buy your gear at Bever or Decathlon, or simply at Bol.com.
- Package deals. Rather go on a catered trip? You have plenty of options. For the Dutch: ANWB vakanties orTui, or maybe Vakantie Discounter? Or try a yoga retreat in the Netherlands.
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