Volendam is an old fishing village. In the harbor you find old Dutch vessels and on the dike there are wooden houses. It used to be a closed community with its own traditional costume. From the dike you have a nice view on the Marker Lake. You’ll see many souvenir shops, restaurants and cafes here.
A village like this is definitely worth a visit, although a visit of 1.5 to 3 hours is mostly enough. For a fully day program do the Waterland auto route, or visit several villages in this region.