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An iconic symbol of Dutch ingenuity & dike-building

This shallow freshwater lake, or more correctly inland bay created by the building of the... read more

Reviewed September 13, 2018
Yekaterinburg, Russia
You wouldn’t know that it is a lake.

We walked along to the lake from Workum, where we were staying, and to be honest - I thought it was... read more

Reviewed July 1, 2018
Knaresborough, United Kingdom
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Workumerdijk, Makkum, The Netherlands
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Reviewed October 15, 2018

We booked in advance, you cant tell when the storms are going to be there. We made the best of it, the people are lovely as are all the places we visited, bit on the expensive side, a small heineken for 3 euro and its...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Les N
Reviewed September 13, 2018

This shallow freshwater lake, or more correctly inland bay created by the building of the Afsluitdijk [dam] completed in 1932, has a surface area of about 1,100 square kilometres. This largest lake in the Netherlands is feed primarily by waters from the River Ijssel. Its...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed July 1, 2018

We walked along to the lake from Workum, where we were staying, and to be honest - I thought it was the sea! It is certainly a very pleasant area with very white beaches and good facilities. Very popular for kite surfing.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank johnhouston2
Reviewed April 19, 2018 via mobile

Very large inland lake. Used to be north sea, but separated by a dam with locks. Very nice small fishing villages dotted around the lake. At nice weather a lot if sailing ships to be seen. Some beaches around, but without accomodation like showers or...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed June 5, 2017 via mobile

Flat brackish water makes this IJsselmeer a safe and easy place to kitesurf. Lots of cute towns to visit along the way.

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank Mal_1313
Reviewed March 10, 2017

Lake Ijssel, Western Europe’s largest Lake, is a beautiful place to spend a few days. You can skirt the perimeter by foot or bike and I recommend you do. It's very flat and incredibly peaceful here, especially for me and my family as we are...More

Date of experience: June 2016
1  Thank PedalV1
Reviewed September 17, 2016 via mobile

We spent 8 wonderful days cycling around the Ijsselmeer from Amsterdam, staying overnight in Volendam, enkhuizen, Den Oever (really lovely), makkum, lemmer, Giethoorn, harderwijk and back to Amsterdam. Mostly stayed in bnbs and found the people very friendly and helpful. The path is well signposted...More

Date of experience: September 2016
2  Thank alexblinks
Reviewed May 26, 2015

Discovered this area almost 20 years ago and love it. Its an amazing sailing area, as you can head out to the islands, sail around the Ijseelmeer or if the weather gets bad you can go in the canals. In addition the people are always...More

Date of experience: June 2014
Thank Vicky S
Reviewed May 7, 2015

Discovered this area almost by accident as we came to buy a sailboat from a local broker. What a pleasant surprise. It's a great sailing area with sailboats of every size and shape and many marinas. In addition it's a great area for exploring either...More

Date of experience: May 2015
Thank OpalSurrey
Reviewed August 20, 2014

You can't miss it, just look at the map of Holland You can not see from one side to the other, despite the Dutch having reclaimed a lot of land from it You can take a ferry across if you want too, sail it and...More

Date of experience: July 2014
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