Harbor of Enkhuizen
Location in North Holland
|o Body||Municipal council|
|o Mayor||Eduard van Zuijlen|
|o Total||116.25 km2 (44.88 sq mi)|
|o Land||12.42 km2 (4.80 sq mi)|
|o Water||103.83 km2 (40.09 sq mi)|
|Elevation||3 m (10 ft)|
|o Density||1,490/km2 (3,900/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|o Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
Enkhuizen, like Hoorn and Amsterdam, was one of the harbor-towns of the VOC, from where overseas trade with the East Indies was conducted. It received city rights in 1355. In the mid-17th century, Enkhuizen was at the peak of its power and was one of the most important harbor cities in the Netherlands. However, due to a variety of reasons, notably the silting up of the harbors, Enkhuizen lost its position to Amsterdam.
Enkhuizen has one of the largest marinas in the Netherlands. Zuiderzeemuseum is located in Enkhuizen. Architecturally, the Drommedaris is the oldest building in Enkhuizen, from 1540. Tourists take boat trips to and from the port to Medemblik.
The municipal council of Enkhuizen consists of 17 seats, which are divided as follows: