Only a few kilometers north east of Amsterdam is Durgerdam (originally called Ydoomickerdam), a beautifully preserved and protected men’s fishing village offering an immense amount of charm and atmosphere.
This village has but one main street name Durgerdammerdijk, which begins alongside the freeway Ringweg in Amsterdam. The village below the bridge can be seen from afar as it is situated on a green farmer’s landscape to the west and IJmeer lake to the east. Until the big flood of 1421 (St. Elisabeth’s flood), Durgerdam’s main economy was based on the shipping trade. After the closure to the north sea in the 18th century, this prosperous era came to a halt.
Despite its close location to Amsterdam, Durgerdam gives one the feeling of being in an isolated village with a variety of old Dutch traditional rooftops and colorful private landscapes.
You can’t miss the historical protestant church building with the bell tower known as ‘the chapel’ built in 1687, once used as a school and later a town hall.