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Volendam is dump.

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Volendam is dump.

This place is dump and Holland tourism must take it off the tourist map in its current form. The past glory of fishermen village is no where to be seen while shops including restaurants on Harbour are extortionatly big rip off. Won't recommend this as part of a countryside trip from Amsterdam.

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1. Re: Volendam is dump.

Hi there,

Suggest you add a review here


As you're not alone, but still apparently a minority. Some people like campy places like this and others don't...

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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2. Re: Volendam is dump.

In the Netherlands very touristy places all over the world are described as "the Volendam of ###".

But I don't understand what you mean with "Holland tourism must take it off the tourist map in its current form". Volendam is as it is, and I don't think it has an official place on an official tourist map. If you go on holiday, it is always a good idea to make informed decisions of what places to visit or not. Even the reviews on TA give a very good idea of what the place is like. There are still some fishing villages along the IJsselmeer which are unspoiled. And even though time hasn't stood still there, those places don't feel like a tourist trap. My advice is to go to Edam, Hoorn or Enkhuizen. And another tip, the whole of the Netherlands can be explored using Google Earth's Streetview. It will give you a pretty good idea how the area is like.

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3. Re: Volendam is dump.

To be fair, I don't think Volendam and the Dutch tourism organisations claim it to be anything other than a tourist attraction.

There are certainly nicer places to visit though, I was very taken with Enkhuizen which is easy to get to by train from Amsterdam.

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4. Re: Volendam is dump.

I would not agree. While it is a very touristy place, if you ventured beyond Haven, you would have seen a different Volendam. We loved it so much, we stayed here for a couple of months. Depends on your age, depends on what you are looking for, and how long you are here for, but you can't beat the views and the slow life you can enjoy here. So for your demographic/ duration, it did not work, but does not mean it's not a nice place to view for other people.

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