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Hindeloopen is an ideal holiday location. From your holiday home or apartment in De Eekhof you can have a pleasant walk along the dyke and enjoy the beautiful nature. Water sports lovers enjoy the IJsselmeer lake; surfing, sailing or kayaking, which you can rent at De Eekhof. Along the dyke are various beaches where you can sunbathe, swim or fish during the summertime. Around the old harbour you will find cosy bars and restaurants. Here you have a wonderful view over the IJsselmeer lake. Hindeloopen is a characteristic little harbour town. Known for its traditional costumes, painting, and of course as one of the 11-city skating marathon (‘Elfstedentocht’) locations. In Hindeloopen you will find the ‘First Frisian Skating Museum’ and close to the marina a children’s farm, indoor swimming pool, sauna, squash and tennis courts, and a bowling centre.
Hindeloopen acquired city rights in 1225 and is one of the Frisian eleven cities. For a long time, Hindeloopen was an important Hanseatic city and fishing town. The fishing boats carried the letter code HI. The huge hey-day of the town was between 1650 and 1790, when Hindeloopen had a large fleet of over eighty vessels. The capital 17th and 18th century captains’ houses still show how rich the Hindeloopen people weren. Hindeloopen is a relatively small town with around 900 inhabitants. In the characteristic town centre, many beautiful places from the old times can still be visited, such as the old fishing harbour that was reconstructed in 2006 after the harbour of 1934. Or the Westertoren Tower from 1593 en the Reformed church from 1632. The former town hall, now a museum, is certainly worth a visit as well. Just like the former Harbour Building is, that now acts as lock house, with open bell tower from 1619. And finally, you should certainly not miss out on the former covered fish market from 1785. It is currently in use as the so-called lies bank, where the Hindeloopen population meets each other.