For a piece of old, Dutch culture, make sure you visit Medemblik. Old houses, narrow streets and picturesque façades will take you back in time. And when you've had enough... Visit the 'Radboud' castle of Floris V, with its impressive great hall and towers. There are also stunning museums and monuments, including the late Gothic church 'de Bonifacius' with beautiful stained-glass windows, decorated pillars and a unique Pieter Backer organ from 1671.
And after a day of culture, you may want to treat yourself to a meal in one of the many restaurants. How about French cuisine or the delicious, traditional Dutch fish restaurants? You'll be spoilt for choice!
Medemblik is the smallest and oldest city in Westfriesland. The first port, Oude Haven, was excavated behind the east-west lateral sea-dyke. Many people were drawn to this spot as it was a trading hotspot.
The Oosterhaven was constructed in 1589 and even today, still plays an important role for Medemblik.
In 1811, Napoleon planned to designate Medemblik as a port of war but this was never realised. The training institute for the navy was located in Medemblik until 1850. It is still called Landswerf. After the creation of the Noordhollands Canal, just one fishing fleet remained. When this disappeared, 30 years ago, the fish auction also went with it.