Yacht Charter Netherlands - sailing area
The distance between The Marina of Andijk and Monnickendam is about 24 miles
In the Broek in Waterland region you will become acquainted with the traditional countryside; a countryside dominated by water, not soil.
The delicious smell of smoked eel brings the past to life in Monnickendam. After the reclamation of the former Zuiderzee, the
fishermen made way for pleasure cruising.
Monnickendam has a rich but turbulent history. It got its city rights in 1355. In 1356 Monnickendam began with the
expansion of the city and in 1575 the old city walls were replaced by walls with four gates and four bastions.
From that period only the stronghold survived. Rich but turbulent, because for years Monnickendam was troubled by
heavy fires and the plaque. In 1513 the plaque epidemic even lasted form Pentecost to Ocotber. After 1575 the turnaround began:
the period of prosperity. Buildings and street names still refer to that prosperous time. There were chesse factories, shipyards and
smoke-houses, and there was a lively trade with the countries around the Oostzee.
In Monnickendam you can admire many wonderful buildings, such as the Grote or Sint Nicolaaskerk and the so-called Speeltoren.
Historical Museum De Speeltoren, Noordeinde 4, Monnickendam
Museum Speeltoren shows the old and more recent history of Waterland Monnickendam.
The 16th century Speeltoren at Noordeinde 4, the tower of the old town hall, has a carillon of 18 bells (1596).
It now houses a museum of antiquities from the surrounding area.
The upper floor is in the permanent exhibition of the history of Monnickendam mapped with surprising and often unique items.
Here you will find a collection of Archeology, Tiles and Plates & Paintings, excavations in the seventies, Speeltoren,
Timeline history of Waterland Monnickendam, temporary exhibition.