The historically rich and beautifully conserved medieval city of Monnickendam is located in the Gouwzee (water area between Marken and the Waterland district), just north of Amsterdam.
Monnickendam has many historical houses from the 17 and 18th century. The city panorama is decorated with the majestic De Speeltoren (clock tower) that is still playing the oldest Carillion in the Netherlands.
The smell of smoked fish will rouse your senses immediately upon arrival to the harbor. Monnickendam was known for its smokehouses in ancient times and the legacy lives on still today. Thanks to the harbor’s location on the Purmer Ee river, large trading ships pass by on a daily basis.
Monnickendam used to be surrounded by gates and walls in order to prevent attacks by opponents (such as the Frisians).