Urk was once an island in the former Zuiderzee. Now part of Flevoland, it still oozes the character and self-will of a determined fishing community. Urk became attached to ‘mainland’ Flevoland in 1939, when this part of the Zuiderzee was drained.
The urban planners thought that once Urk was left high and dry its days as a fishing village were numbered. However the Urkers had other ideas! Today the village is the home port to an impressive, modern fishing fleet. And it gets even better: you will now find one of the largest fish markets in Western Europe on what was once the seabed. Urk continues to grow and currently has over 20,000 inhabitants.
Urk’s history, as far as it is known, dates back to 966. Its rich history can still be detected throughout the picturesque village; in the old centre, the atmospheric quayside, the lighthouse and, for linguists, in the specific dialect. If you would really like the story to come to life, book yourself a ‘ginkies’ tour with a local guide.