Monnickendam – picturesque place on the Gouwzee
Monnickendam is a town on the Gouwzee, just above Amsterdam and is seen as a small town with almost 10,000 inhabitants and a beautiful picturesque town. When you enter Monnickendam, the first thing you see is the St. Nicholas Church that towers high above the city panorama. This famous church from the fifteenth century is dominant in the old town. Every Saturday there is a weekly market in Monnickendam.
The ‘Waegh’ is a building on the inland harbor where cheese used to be inspected and weighed. Later there also weighed women who were accused of witchcraft. It was checked, for example, whether they were not too light, which were indications that it was a witch. Traditionally, Monnickendam is, just like Volendam, known for its fish smokers since a very distant past. Nowadays fish are still smoked, something you will undoubtedly smell when you walk through the harbor. Of course there are plenty of options for tasting extensively smoked fish! Try not to do it.
If you are in possession of a boat then indulge in Monnickendam. Mooring places can be found everywhere in one of the four marinas in Monnickendam. You can also take a trip on the Gouwzee or the Markermeer. If you walk along the quay at ‘t Prooyen in Monnickendam then you can find many clippers and tjalks that are well worth a visit. In addition, there are possibilities to rent a clipper or tjalk for a group and to sail up the Markermeer or the Gouwzee under the supervision of an experienced skipper.