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Sailing in the Netherlands is primarily about Ijsselmeer. A coastline that meets the needs of all sailors. Be enchanted by the romantic Dutch provinces of the north.

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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.

Hindeloopen received city rights in 1225 and in 1368 it became a member of the Hanseatic-league. Since the 12th and 13th century, shippers of Hindeloopen undertook journeys to the North and Baltic Sea Coasts. The strong overseas connections with foreign countries and infrequent contact with the hinterland were probably the reasons for the developing of the Hindeloopen language; a mixture of West Frisian, English, Danish, and Norwegian.
The shipping trade brought the population of Hindeloopen a great prosperity. The 17th and 18th century were especially golden times. The rich town developed in those days her own costume and a completely individual style with colorful painted walls and furniture. In the small streets some seacaptains houses remind of this time of glory. You can see an anchor hanging on the facades of these houses, in those years a sign, that the captain could still accept freight. In summertime when the captain was at sea, the captain's wife lived with the children in the so called “Likhus”. A little house behind the captain's house at the waterline.

The city, built on reclaimed land, was founded in 1967 and was named after Cornelis Lely, who engineered the Afsluitdijk, making the reclamation possible. Lelystad is approximately 5 metres (16 ft) below sea level.

Lemmer was on the Zuider Zee in a vulnerable position and was often under Dutch influence. That happened in 1197, among others, when Count William I had built a castle in Oosterzee in connection with the fight against the Lord of Kuinre. In Lemmer was later built a castle too. It was built in 1422 by John of Bavaria.

Medemblik was a prosperous trading town, when, in 1282, Floris V, Count of Holland, successfully invaded West Friesland. He built several fortresses to control the region, one of which was Kasteel Radboud in Medemblik, and awarded Medemblik city rights in 1289. After Floris V had been murdered in 1296, the local Frisian besieged the castle, but in 1297 an army from Holland thwarted their efforts to starve out the inhabitants, which included Medemblik citizens. Several more attacks took place in the following centuries. The most notorious of these happened in June 1517, when Medemblik was attacked from mainland Frisia by about 4000 pirates known as the Arumer Zwarte Hoop, led by Pier Gerlofs Donia and Wijard Jelckama. Many citizens fled to the castle, which the pirates unsuccessfully besieged. Eventually, they took out their fury on the town, which burned to the ground.

Monnickendam is a beautiful and ancient town situated in north Holland on the banks of the River Couwzee, founded by monks from Friesland in the thirteenth century. It became a municipality in 1355. Its favorable position on the sea (at the time the Zuiderzee, now IJsselmeer), favored trade and therefore prosperity along with other towns on the Zuiderzee as Enkhuizen, Edam, Hoorn, Marken and Kampen. Today Monnickendam is an important center of fishing industry, known above all in the Netherlands for smoked eel.

Stavoren (West Frisian: Starum) is a small town on the coast of the IJsselmeer, about 5 km south of Hindeloopen. Stavoren was granted city rights in 1118, making it the oldest city in Friesland. It is also one of the stops on the Elfstedentocht, (literally, 'eleven city ride'), an ice skating contest/event which occurs when the winter temperatures provide safe conditions. The town is the scene of the action of a Dutch Renaissance folk-tale, that of the mythical Lady of Stavoren. The tale is a reminder of the maritime wealth once enjoyed by the town and its merchants.

Urk is first mentioned in historical records dating to the 10th century, when it was still an island in the Almere, a lake that would become part of the Zuiderzee in the 13th century after a series of incursions by the North Sea. In 1939, a dike from the mainland to Urk ended the town's island status, just as the Afsluitdijk project was changing the salt water Zuiderzee surrounding Urk to the less saline IJsselmeer. Later in the 20th century, seabed areas surrounding Urk were reclaimed from the sea and became the Noordoostpolder.

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