Enkhuizen

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Enkhuizen
Municipality
Harbour of Enkhuizen
Harbour of Enkhuizen
Flag of Enkhuizen
Flag
Coat of arms of Enkhuizen
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Enkhuizen in a municipal map of North Holland
Location in North Holland
Coordinates: 52°42′N 5°18′E / 52.700°N 5.300°E / 52.700; 5.300Coordinates: 52°42′N 5°18′E / 52.700°N 5.300°E / 52.700; 5.300
Country Netherlands
Province North Holland
Government[1]
 • Body Municipal council
 • Mayor Jan Baas (PvdA)
Area[2]
 • Total 116.25 km2 (44.88 sq mi)
 • Land 12.42 km2 (4.80 sq mi)
 • Water 103.83 km2 (40.09 sq mi)
Elevation[3] 3 m (10 ft)
Population (January 2014)[4]
 • Total 18,395
 • Density 1,481/km2 (3,840/sq mi)
Demonym Enkhuizer
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 1600–1602
Area code 0228
Website www.enkhuizen.nl
Dutch Topographic map of Enkhuizen, July 2013

Enkhuizen [ˌɛŋk.ˈɦœy̆.zə(n)] ( ) is a municipality and a city in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland and the region of West-Frisia.

Enkhuizen was one of the harbour-towns of the VOC, just like Hoorn and Amsterdam, from where overseas trade with the East Indies was conducted. It received city rights in 1355. In the mid-17th century, Enkhuizen was at the peak of its power and was one of the most important harbour cities in the Netherlands. However, due to a variety of reasons, notably the silting up of the harbours, Enkhuizen lost its position to Amsterdam.

Tourism[edit]

Nowadays, Enkhuizen continues the maritime tradition and has one of the largest marinas of the Netherlands. It is also the location of the Zuiderzeemuseum, an open-air museum reflecting life in the villages around the Zuiderzee throughout history. Most of the buildings in the museum come from other locations in the Netherlands, such as Purmerend and Amsterdam.

Industry[edit]

Industrially, Enkhuizen is home to a number of seed production companies, as well as a plastics factory. Tourism, however, is one of the most important businesses as large parts of the inner city are still intact. This includes two magnificent 15th-century churches, the largely intact 17th-century city walls, gates and tower (the Drommedaris, see picture) and the 17th-century city hall.

Population centres[edit]

The municipality of Enkhuizen consists of the following cities, towns, villages and/or districts: Enkhuizen, Oosterdijk, Westeinde.

Local government[edit]

The municipal council of Enkhuizen consists of 17 seats, which are divided as follows:

Gallery[edit]

Transport[edit]

Enkhuizen station offers a direct service to Hoorn, Amsterdam and Amersfoort, with the journey to Amsterdam Centraal of around an hour.

Furthermore, during summer ferries for pedestrians and cyclists operate between Enkhuizen and Stavoren; between Enkhuizen and Medemblik; and between Enkhuizen and Urk.

It is also possible to drive or cycle across the Houtribdijk to Lelystad, passing under naviduct near the Krabbersgat lock.

Notable residents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "De burgemeester" [The mayor] (in Dutch). Gemeente Enkhuizen. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Postcodetool for 1601KA". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 10 March 2014. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 

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