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Open Monument Day

Open Monument Day

Enkhuizen is a city with a rich history. Within the old rampart you will find no less than 361 national monuments, each with a unique and fascinating story.

Would you like to take a look inside these special monuments? You can do so during Open Monumentendag on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September 2023.

On Open Monumentendag many monuments will open their doors to the public free of charge.

In Enkhuizen you can see the Waaggebouw, Stadhuis, Drommedaris and the Zuider- and Westerkerk, among others.

Check out the program below.

The following monuments, among others, will be open on Saturday, Sept. 9:


The Waaggebouw in Enkhuizen shows a picture of the early Renaissance in the northern Netherlands. Even the original weighing mechanism of the weighing hall has been preserved. From 1636, the floor housed the surgeon’s room.

City Hall

The Town Hall is the epitome of the large, prosperous city that Enkhuizen was in the Golden Age. On the second floor you will find the Witte- or Burgerzaal, council chamber with velours d’Utrecht, the mayor’s room with the painted representations of Romeijn de Hooge, the wedding room and the Orphan’s room with the gobelins.

Pepper House

The former VOC warehouse the Peperhuis is part of the Indoor Museum of the Zuiderzee Museum. It is the oldest building in the Museum and has a special history.
(Also open on Sunday, September 10 from 10:00-15:00)


The Drommedaris, or Ketenpoort, was built in 1540 as a city gate, part of the city wall that surrounded Enkhuizen at the time. It was also a defense tower that watched over the city’s harbors and overlooked the then Zuiderzee.


The 15th-century St. Pancras or Zuiderkerk is a unique monumental building in the center of the historic city of Enkhuizen. The striking tower is connected to a beautiful church building, in which many cultural-historical treasures can be admired.
(Also open on Sunday, September 10 from 12:00-14:00)

Groot Weeshuis / Sow to Grow

Weeshuis Enkhuizen is a group accommodation in a beautiful monumental building in the middle of the historic center of Enkhuizen.
(Also open on Sunday, September 10 from 12:00-17:00)


The Westerkerk is counted among the 100 most beautiful national monuments in the Netherlands (on the Unesco list) and is located in the historic heart of Enkhuizen.
(Also open on Sunday, September 10 from 10:00-16:00)

Mennonite admonition

The Mennonite Church is of architectural historical value: it is considered a representative example of a neo-Renaissance church. The main form and the interior, with the present benches, the pulpit and the copper chandelier, are preserved intact.
(Also open on Sunday, September 10, from 12:00-16:00 p.m.)


The Ontmoetingskerk is a church building of the Reformed congregation on the Klopperstraat in Enkhuizen, built in 1904 to a design by Huibertus Bonda. The church was built as a reformed church.

Old Gouwsboom

The Oude Gouwsboom is a historic water gate dating from the late 16th century. The Oude Gouwsboom comes from the period after 1590 and is part of the defenses of Enkhuizen.

City Prison

Next to the town hall in Enkhuizen is the city prison: a tall narrow building curiously crooked due to subsidence. The cells are still intact and torture implements recall the cruel fate of the prisoners.
(Also open on Sunday, September 10, from 11:00-16:00)

Enkhuizen Seafaring School + Kaatje

In the garden of the Seafaring School lies a unique ship, the Kaatje (actually Kaatje III), built in 1935. In the old days, all major nautical schools in Europe had a ship model on dry land in 1:2 or 1:3 scale for practical lessons.

De Vries Foundation

The complex took its present form in the 1860s. Arend Diederik de Vries van Vossen bought the house of his back neighbors in the Torenstraat and added it to his house on the Westerstraat. He connected both houses with a very prestigious long corridor and remodeled the 17th-century houses according to the latest fashion.

Old Catholic Church

The church dates from 1908. The church includes an 18th-century communion bench and a 19th-century secretarial organ. The 1700 communion pew has been restored and painted in its original colors. The style is Louis XIV. Above the altar is a pelican spraying her young with her own blood: symbol of the suffering Christ.

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