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Discover the Farmer’s Corner

Discover the Farmer's Corner

De Boerenhoek is a special part of Enkhuizen where you can wander past canals and authentic cheese-cover farmhouses. It is located slightly outside the center, making it undiscovered and wonderfully quiet. Take a walk and admire the historic teahouses and gardens with flowers and fruit trees. On the shore side you can see the striking barge houses.

Had enough walking? Then step into a sturdy sloop of canal cruise Enkhuizen and see the Boerenhoek from the water. Because from the water you have the best view of the special Boerenhoek!

A piece of history

The Boerenhoek was created after the second urban expansion around 1600. The area did not receive much urban development because population growth declined after 1630. For many years, the Boerenhoek was a haven for wealthy citizens, who had their gardens with gazebos there. Around 1850, farmers gradually took possession of the area. By now the last city farmer has left, but the rural character can still be recognized.

West Frisian cheese-cover farmhouses

In the Boerenhoek you can still find authentic cheese-cover farmhouses, including some national monuments. Some farms lack the characteristic dars doors (large doors through which the hay carts drove in). No such doors are needed here, because the hay could be transported from the barge directly to the haylofts. The farmers transported everything by barge to the pastures outside the ramparts. You can also see wooden sheds in the water everywhere. These “houses” are called barge houses. The farmer or gardener could safely store his barge and tools there.

Fortification wall and water gates

The Boerenhoek is partly enclosed by the Vest. Enkhuizen’s fortress has two special water gates, the Oude Gouwsboom and the Boerenboom. Whereas city gates protected the city’s approach roads, water gates ensured that the equally important waterways could be closed off. Farmers could enter or leave the city by barge through the water gates. Very important, because until the 20th century many lands in the polders around Enkhuizen could only be reached by boat.


These houses used to be used as garden houses by the wealthy residents of the city. They are very shallow and behind them were large gardens with flowers and fruit trees. In this way the wealthy townspeople could escape the smelly city and enjoy the summer within the protection of the ramparts.

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