In Huizen, you can moor at a well-equipped landing stage in the Nautical Quarter. The picturesque building in de Nautical Quarter are built in de same style as those of the former Zuiderzee villages. There are various restaurants and cafés with waterside terraces as well as a hotel. The Nautical Quarter is a tourist transfer point, where bicycles and e-bikes can be hired. There is plenty of parking space for coaches and buses.

Old Harbour

At the Oude Haven (Old Harbour) you will find the Kalkovens restaurant and the Botterwerf boar yard, complete with forge. A number of authentic Botters are also moored there. These historical fishing boats are a reminder of the rich past of Huizen as an important fishing village on the former Zuiderzee. More information about the fishing history and maritime heritage of Huizen can be found at the Botterwerf and in the Huizer Museum. The Botters that still exist are painstakingly maintained and can be hired complete with crew for pleasure ships. For information, reservations and harbour ficilities, see our website.

Visit Huizer Museum with coffee and biscuits

With an interesting permanent exhibit and changing expositions, the cultural-historical Huizer Museum is a must for anyone who want to know more about the rich history of the old fishing village of Huizen. The museum also organises lectures, workshops and guided walking tours.

The museum can be visited individually or as a group.

Information about prices and opening hours can be found at the website of the Huizer Museum.

The legend of the Huizer Milkmaiden

Audio tour of the old town from the Huizer Museum. Although Huizen is known as a former fishing village, the population originally consisted of formers who let their livestock gaze on common land. Several farms dating from that time can still be found around the Dutch Protestant church, the oldest building in the old village of Huizen. Listen for free at www.visitgooivecht.nl.

The walking route of the Huizer Milkmaiden passes through the historical streets and past the farms that haven been preserved. This walking route can be obtained from the VVV tourist information desk in the Huizer Museum, which is located in the old village. A tour guide for the walk can also be arranged. But the walk can also be done without a guide. The Huizer Museum in the old town is a cultural history museum which depicts the history of Huizen and preserves and manages the historical objects. 

More information

Information about prices and opening hours can be found at the website of the Huizer Museum.

Visit the boat yard and the forge

The history of the fishing village of Huizen can be seen in both the old harbour and the old town. Enjoy demonstrations of old trades at a stone’s throw from the landing stage, e.g. in the forge or the boat yard. This programme component can be combined with an eel smoking demonstration, a performance by De Zoute Zee shanty choir or a performance by the Gooi Operetta group.

You can also go out on the water with one of the botters or take a workshop at the forge.

Workshop at the forge

During the workshop, participants will be supervised by the fire by The Vuurspetters blacksmiths. While they work at the fire and on the anvil, the Vuurspetters blacksmiths will oversee the technical creative process. The object to be made is explained during the workshop. The workshops are 1.5 or 2.5 hours long. Minimum number of participants: 6.

Contact & bookings

Rate

€ 60 - € 70 per person (including VAT).

The Krachtcentrale, breeding ground for art and culture

In the Krachtcentrale, built in 1938, large steam boilers were once stoked with coal to power the nearby businesses. In 2018, this impressive building is a sustainable centre where people come together and join creative forces. Come by to admire the building. Enjoy a delicious lunch or exclusive dinner at the restaurant. Discover the unique treasures at the gallery and ateliers. Or go to a lecture or performance at the club in the basement. The Krachtcentrale is located within walking distance of the harbour, at Havenstraat 76.

Contact 

06 22 97 15 05
www.de-krachtcentrale.nl

Workshop: photography with own camera or smartphone

On a walk around Huizen or the Huizen harbour, you will learn everything you need to know about photography, light, lines and architecture. A unique location for beautiful photography is the Krachtcentrale, the connection between the harbour and the old town. You will learn everything there is to know about what your camera can do during this 1-hour or 2-hour workshop.

Contact and bookings

Rate

€ 20 per person for a 2-hour workshop, not including VAT.

Shanty choir performance

Enjoy a typically Dutch phenomenon: a performance by a Shanty choir. The mixed Zoute Zee shanty choir sings old sea shanties with a passion. This performance can be done either on the boat itself, or at one of the locations in Huizen.

Contact

Rate:

On request, depending on the duration of the choir’s performance, starting at €250 per performance

 

Gooi Operetta performance

Performance with 6 soloists and a pianist from the Gooi Operetta on board the river cruise or at a selected location in Huizen. The performance is an average of 2x35 minutes, and the Operetta has a flexible repertoire.

Contact

Rate

Rate per performance starting at €475 all-in (discount for multiple performances).

Regional highlights

Huizen is the perfect base for exploring many historical and tourist attractions in the region. Just a stone’s throw away is the lively artist’s town of Laren, which boasts the Singer Laren Museum as well as restaurants, cafés and shops. The fortified town of Naarden is also close by, and travelling just a bit farther you will find Muiden, where the Amsterdam castle of Muiderslot is situated. Amsterdam is easy to reach via the A1 highway, and Almere and Utrecht are also within easy reach via the A27 motorway. All of these destinations are located within 30 minutes of the Huizen harbour.

kaart omgeving Huizen

Meer information

Transport to and from the old town

Event and performance venues

  • Riva wine lounge at the Fletcher Hotel Nautical quarter
  • The Botterwerf
  • The Krachtcentrale 
  • The Huizer Museum
  • Events (www.visitgooivecht.nl)
  • Jazz at Riva every Thursday (on the terrace in the summer)
  • Open Botter Days
  • Huizen Harbour Day
  • King’s Day in Huizen
  • Forging demonstration (on request)
  • Guided walking tour of the old town: Huizer Museum, Achterbaan 82, 1271 TZ Huizen, telephone number: +31 (0)35 5250223 / info@huizermuseum.nl.