IJsselmeer is a freshwater lake in the northern and central Netherlands. It was formed from the southern part of the former Zuiderzee by the construction of a dam in 1932, separating the IJsselmeer from both the Waddenzee (the northern part of the former Zuiderzee) and the North Sea. In the centuries before this closure, many thousands of families lived on the shores of the South Sea and made a living from whaling. Today, these fishing villages of yesteryear are infinitely quiet. But the memories of those glorious times remain. They are preserved in fascinating museums and can be seen in the quiet villages and picturesque settlements. An IJsselmeer vacation in summer could be a good idea and bring a lot of fun for the whole family. Here we show you some interesting resorts that will surely fascinate you!
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EuroParcs De IJssel Eilanden
Here you can really relax! The panoramic view of the lapping water, standing with your feet on the beach or sailing in a boat is something you can never get enough of. EuroParcs De IJssel Eilanden is located on the shore of Lake Reeve on the border between Flevoland and Overijssel. Close to the IJssel Delta and only ten minutes by car from the picturesque Hanseatic town of Kampen. The ideal place to enjoy your vacation ! From the port of the park you can go directly on the wide water. Nearby cross the waterways IJssel, Randmeren, Ketelmeer and IJsselmeer. The surroundings of EuroParcs De IJssel Eilanden are rich in history.
When you stroll through the narrow streets of the Hanseatic towns of Zwolle and Kampen, you will feel transported back to the Middle Ages. Kampen, for example, owes its nickname “Amsterdam of the Middle Ages” to the time when it was a thriving trading town. See the Old Council Hall, the Cellebroederspoort and the Nieuwe Toren or stroll through the cozy stores and terraces.
In Zwolle, the city walls, the Melkmarkt and the Sassenpoort are reminders of the historic past. Stroll through the old streets or visit the Museum de Fundatie. Book lovers should take a look at Waanders in de Broeren, a bookstore housed in a 15th century church. By the way, you can have a delicious meal in Zwolle at De Librije.
IJsselmeer vacation as a bike tour
This carefully planned bike tour through the old fishing villages and trading towns around Amsterdam’s IJsselmeer holds many highlights. As you cycle through classic Dutch landscapes and ride below sea level at times, there are ample opportunities to visit the star-shaped fortress town of Naarden and the “Amsterdam Castle” (Muiderslot), as well as Edam, famous for its cheese, the fishing village of Volendam, the island of Marken, and the historic towns of Enkhuizen and Hoorn.
Explore the Frisian lakes and the Weerribben-Wieden National Park with its rich birdlife, visit the Hanseatic towns of Kampen and Elburg and the old fishing villages of Harderwijk and Bunschoten-Spakenburg, where some residents still wear traditional costumes. If you are planning a bike tour of the Netherlands, this route offers the quintessence of Dutch life.
Summer vacations in Nieuwerkerk aan den IJssel
In Nieuwerkerk aan den IJssel you will find the tranquility of the countryside, while the big cities of Rotterdam and Gouda are close by. Parc de IJsselhoeve is located in the Hitland recreation area, where you can cycle and walk through the countryside to your heart’s content. At the reception of the park you can get various (free) cycling and walking routes to discover the varied landscape.
From forests to pastures and from water to bogs. With the mud dredged from the IJssel, yellow bricks were fired in the brick kilns, which were fired with the peat from the bogs. The stone factory Mijnlieff in Klein-Hitland is one of the forty remaining stone factories and is now a listed building. Enjoy a vacation in Nieuwerkerk aan den IJssel for an ideal mix of rest, relaxation and activities. During your vacation near Nieuwerkerk aan den IJssel, visit one of the many museums, animal parks, amusement parks or indoor and outdoor playgrounds.
In spring and summer (April to August), Gouda hosts an Old Dutch cheese market. A spectacular nostalgic scene that you must see during your vacation in Nieuwerkerk aan den IJssel. You can also enjoy the summer carnival: What started as a small festival has turned into a multi-day event full of passion and splendor, with more than 30 cultures represented.
Carp fishing vacation in the Netherlands
Are you an avid fisherman and would love nothing more than to fish for carp from your own vacation home in the Netherlands? This is possible during an IJsselmeer vacation at EuroParcs IJsselmeer in Medenblik! The vacation park on the IJsselmeer offers vacation homes directly on the shore of De Vliet and is therefore perfect for a carp vacation. From the jetty by your bungalow you can throw your fishing rod directly into the water. Or from your own or rented boat, which you can moor at your vacation home. At EuroParcs IJsselmeer all bungalows are located directly on the water. This makes your carp vacation particularly attractive. The bungalows offer a comfortable stay for up to 6 people.
Thanks to the complete facilities, such as a kitchen with, among other things, a dishwasher, a living room on the water with French doors to the terrace, a spacious garden with a beautiful location on the water and comfortable beds, you do not have to do without any comfort and will quickly feel at home. Did you know that you can have a vacation on the IJsselmeer with a dog, as you can rent a bungalow with your dog? Pets are welcome there, as long as you indicate this when booking. One thing is for sure, you will have a great time carp fishing in the Netherlands.