Volendam

Volendam is a popular tourist attraction in the Netherlands, well-known for its old fishing boats and the traditional clothing still worn by some residents.

The women's costume, with its high, pointed bonnet, is one of the most recognizable of the Dutch traditional costumes, and is often featured on tourist postcards and posters (although there are believed to be fewer than 50 women now wearing the costume as part of their daily lives, most of them elderly).

There is a regular ferry connection to Marken, a peninsula close by.

The village also features a small museum about its history and clothing style, and visitors can have their pictures taken in traditional Dutch costumes.

It is also well known for its distinctive music, which is called Palingsound in reference to the village status as fishing village.

During the '60s, the local group The Cats was a very popular group in the Netherlands and abroad.

The easily accessible Museum with adjoining cigar bands-house and picture theatre is located in the village-centre near the old quarter and the dyke with adequate parking facilities in the neighbourhood.

Exhibition of dress and ornaments, various works of art i.a. of the international artistsÂ’ colony, old interiors, fishery and related industry, home crafts along with a yearly varying thematic exposition and inclusive of a visit to the walk-in picture-theatre and cigar bands-house with mosaics and decorations of 11 million cigar-bands.

A most original souvenir from Holland. Have your picture taken in original costume. Pictures are ready within the hour or can be posted worldwide to your home or local hotel.


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