Volendam’s current inhabitants enjoy living in beautiful, sturdy stone buildings, of which many a city dweller would be truly envious. Up until the beginning of the 20th century, things were very different. The small wooden houses, a few of which can still be seen in the Doolhof, are an indication of this. The ‘Doolhof’, or maze, derives its name from the fact that none of the buildings were erected according to any kind of discernable organised street plan. A similar impression of organic growth can also be observed in the Dril, along the Havendijkje and in the vicinity of the Meerzijde. This distinctive heart of Volendam, with, in addition, the unique open harbour of the Markermeer, formerly known as the Zuyder Zee, annually attracts many thousands of tourists.
The fish auction, largely of timber construction, is a very rare and beautifully kept monument. Commissioned by the Cooperative Auction Association G.A. St. Vincent, it was completed in 1934. The fish auction was built on a rectangular floor plan, and consists of one building layer and an attic. The outer walls are constructed of horizontal and vertical timber tongue-and-groove planking on a smooth plinth, under a gabled roof, covered with Dutch tiles. The building rests on a concrete substructure. More on edam-volendam.nl
If you would like to take a peek into the past and cast a glance at how the people of Volendam used to live and work in their small fishing cottages, then a visit to the Volendam Museum is well recommended.
As a community, Volendam is certainly a lively one, clearly demonstrated by the many active and keenly supported sports, music and singing clubs. Various sports clubs are involved at the highest national level. This is also true for music, be it bands, choirs, or individual singers. Volendam partly owes its recognition far beyond the borders of the Netherlands to these activities. More on edam-volendam.nl or on http://www.volendamsmuseum.nl/
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