Pearl of the Zuiderzee. Stately merchant’s homes around the Havenkolk hint at a rich past, with a scattering of small breweries for thirsty folk; The Bierkade and the Brouwergracht testify to this. Picturesque little streets are packed with state monuments from the Golden Age. The flood-warning cannons placed along the quayside at Blokzijl are no longer in use. They were once used to shoot warning calls at times of imminent floods. This warning came too late for many inhabitants in the night of 4 February 1825. A spring tide and storm winds pushed the water up and the sea dike was breached in many places.
Blokzijl started as a settlement and later became a stronghold on the Zuiderzee. Here, Spanish enemy ships on their way inland were held back. Walking past the Havenkolk in Blokzijl, it is noticeable that the atmosphere and the traditions have remained. Picturesque streets and pleasant terraces by the water are certainly worth a visit!