The Markermeer is a wonderful sailing area bordering the IJsselmeer. It’s separated from the IJsselmeer by the Houtribdijk, which was created in 1976. There’s some great sailing to be had on the Markermeer and plenty to do around the lake as well. How about a visit to one of the historic port towns, such as Hoorn, Edam or Volendam, for instance? Or, if you’re really keen to immerse yourself in the history, a visit to the magnificent Muiden Castle? Prefer something a little more ‘fortifying’? No problem! The skipper will be happy to take you to Fort Island Pampus so that you can spend an afternoon looking round it.
Sailing on the Markermeer
We firmly believe that a trip on the Markermeer is an absolute must. A few hours can be fun, but a couple of days, a midweek break or a week will be even more enjoyable! You see, sailing on the Markermeer combines very well with a city trip, giving you the best of both worlds: the glorious natural scenery of the Markermeer and the Marker mudflats and the history and culture of the towns dotted around the lake. Or take a day trip to Amsterdam—another great combination. What’s more, the Markermeer is easily reached from our home bases in Lelystad and Enkhuizen. The same goes for the IJsselmeer, which is also surrounded by wonderful towns as well as enough beautiful beaches and spots to put down anchor.
A different city around the Markermeer each and every day
Got a bit more time and up for a midweek break or a week of sailing? If so, you’ll be able to experience the charm of a different town or city every day! Hoorn is great fun because of its rich past associated with the Dutch East India Company, which is still visible today from the old buildings in the town centre. Making a walking tour of the town highly recommended. As is a visit to the Westfries Museum, or the Museum of the 20th Century. But even if hitting the shops is your thing, you’ll be able to shop to your heart’s desire in Hoorn! Travel a little further to Marken, where time seems to have stood still, to Volendam to eat some delicious fresh fish and have a photo taken of you in traditional costume, and to Edam to visit the cheese market.
Sailing trip still not finished? Then don’t miss Muiden Castle. This beautifully restored castle is definitely worth a visit, even (or perhaps all the more so) with children! There’s plenty to see, do and experience. From bird of prey shows to dressing up and from a tour of the sealed-off areas of the castle to fending off a virtual siege. And whilst you’re still fully in battle mode, why not head to Fort Island Pampus? Of a different era, yet no less interesting.
Putting down anchor on the Marker mudflats
Nature lovers are guaranteed happiness on the Marker mudflats. This veritable bird paradise was created to give the Markermeer’s flora and fauna a real boost, and it worked: a wide array of species of bird (including rare species) is now nesting here again. You can walk, swim and enjoy the scenery on this, the only island open to the public. There’s a small port, a watchtower, a visitors’ centre and miles of beach. This new part of the Netherlands is definitely worth visiting on your Markermeer trip!
NAUPAR: a suitable ship for everyone
Whether you’re looking for a fun outing with friends, family or your colleagues, NAUPAR can offer a suitable ship for every occasion. And with in excess of 16 harbours from which we set sail, there will always be a harbour near you where you can begin or end your unforgettable trip.