Sights, activities and restaurants in the area
Museumstroomtram Hoorn-Medemblik (journey by steam tram and boat)
The engine whistles and the fireman shovels coal into the firebox. Wooden partitions creak, wheels sing and steam hisses. From the wooden 3rd class seats in your carriage you will experience a story from a different era. Between the historic towns of Hoorn, Medemblik and Enkhuizen steam trams meander from village to village across the countryside. An old-fashioned steamer with a fantastic saloon-deck will take you along the coast of the IJsselmeer-lake. http://www.stoomtram.nl/en
Restaurant De Egelantier
Restaurant De Egelantier serves delicious food for a good price. The chef uses many local products and every dish is prepared with love. The restaurant has a large and sunny terrace where you can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with homemade apple pie. For opening hours please check the website: http://www.egelantier.net Please note that during the months of July and August the restaurant is closed on Mondays, while during the rest of the year it is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Along the roads in and around our village you’ll find many stands selling delicious fresh fruits and vegetables, so make sure you always have some small change in your pocket. Usually you can just drop the money in the mailbox or in a money box at the stand.
From mid-August until well in October, you’ll be able to buy apples and pears (several new and old varieties) at the Noorderuitweg 36 in Wijdenes. The stand is owned by Ed van der Geest, who also sells his delicious homemade apple juice! The juice is of excellent quality and also makes a lovely gift.
Tako's Asian Tapas
On the edge of Wijdenes you’ll find Tako’s Asian Tapas: the hospitable atmosphere, extensive menu chart and varied wine list will ensure an unforgettable evening. Take away is possible and you can also order in advance by phone and pick up your dinner later. Please check http://takoswok.nl for the menu possibilities.
Tea Garden Idylle
Tea Garden Idylle is a fairy-like place where you can relax after a busy day with a cup of tea or coffee and delicious pastries, or enjoy a lavish high tea. The garden is lush and wonderful and all the cakes, pies and quiches are homemade. There’s a newly built garden room to give you shelter on less sunny days. From May 14 until September 25, the tea garden is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Between July 21 and August 18 the garden is also open on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you’re a group of more than six people and you would like to enjoy a high tea, please make reservations by phone: +31 (0) 229- 501113 or by email: email@example.com The address is: Jongeweer 26, 1608EJ in Wijdenes.
Our next door neighbor owns a fruit garden with a wide variety of ‘soft fruit’. Fresh strawberries, all kinds of other berries, plums, sweet cherries and kiwi berries are available in summer, but also juices, jams and sauces. A large part of the harvest is sold on the premises at the fruit stand. Check the following website for opening hours: http://www.kwekerijsjerps.nl/
De Midget; an oasis on the shore of Lake IJsselmeer
Relaxing after a busy day and having a beer or a bite to eat … it’s all possible at De Midget. You’ll find this little place behind the embankment in the village of Schellinkhout. It has a lovely garden, a terrace and a midget-golf course, a children’s playground and a good kitchen. On the other side of the embankment – with direct access by means of a staircase - you’ll find a small beach with one of the best surf spots of the country. The shallow water and the wide curving beach make this an ideal spot for learning how to surf or kite, but it’s also a wonderful place to spend a lazy relaxing day. For opening hours please check: http://www.demidget.nl
Dorpscafé de Bierstal (pub)
Coming back from you cycling trip and longing for a cool glass of beer or a decent cup of tea? Village pub De Bierstal has a wide choice of beer, non-alcoholic drinks, plate service and snacks. The pub also serves dinner and various snacks can be taken out if you wish. There’s a children’s corner inside and - if the weather permits - a small terrace in front of the pub. For opening hours and the menu chart, please check: https://www.bierstal.nl
Herbergh 't IJsselmeer
Herbergh ’t IJsselmeer, an inn and guest-house with five double rooms, has much to offer you. In the pub you can enjoy various kinds of draft beer, including our own special brew. There’s an outside terrace (with a space for children to play) and the restaurant offers you an excellent dinner for a very reasonable price. We also serve sandwiches, soup, snacks, apple pie and ice-cream. All year round you can enjoy our musical happenings with sixties and seventies bands. The inn is fully air-conditioned so even on a hot summer day it’s a cool place to stay! Occasionally the inn is closed for private parties. If you would like to stay in one of our guest rooms, please call +31 (0) 229-503150. For further information please check our website: http://www.herbergh-ijsselmeer.nl
Renting a bike: Het Rijwielhuis
Discover our lovely country by bike! Especially the region of West-Friesland has beautiful scenery and many attractions. Visit the stunning monumental towns of Hoorn, Enkhuizen and Alkmaar, with their atmosphere and architecture of the past centuries. Just enjoy a few days of cycling. You can rent a bike at Het Rijwielhuis in the adjacent village of Hem. http://www.rijwielhuishem.nl/ Please note that Het Rijwielhuis is closed on Sundays and Mondays. The bikes can also be delivered to the campsite if so agreed in advance.
The Zuiderzee Museum in Enkhuizen revives the stories of people who once lived on the shores of the Zuiderzee (now called IJsselmeer and Markermeer). See, hear, taste and smell everyday life around the Zuiderzee as it was before the Afsluitdijk (IJsselmeer Barrier Dam) changed the sea into a lake in 1932. The Zuiderzee Museum is oriented towards the history, the current situation and the future of this area. It focuses upon the themes of water, crafts and communities. This story is visualized in the Outdoor Museum by means of historical buildings and in the Indoor Museum by thematic exhibitions. Check the following website for more information: http://www.zuiderzeemuseum.nl/en/10/home/