Den Oever

De haven van Den Oever

The harbour at Den Oever

Den Oever is the second largest village on Wieringen. About 2500 people live here. The name Den Oever probably dates back to the early medieval (Viking!) times when Wieringen was still part of the mainland. Only the eastern tip of present Wieringen was in connection with open water, hence the name (Oever means coast).
Den Oever is situated at the beginning of the Afsluitdijk and is because of that the best known of all villages on Wieringen. The recently renovated harbour, which is home to a large fishingfleet, adds to the relative fame of Den Oever. V

Inhabitants of Den Oever are called by other Wieringers "Kroaien" (Crows). It is unclear what the origin of this nickname is.
Den Oever has precious few monuments, just as the rest of Wieringen actually. Remarkable, especially for a fishing village, is that there is no church. There used to be a chapel connected to an old hospital. This building has been relocated to the open-air-museum in Enkhuizen. Apart from that, there is a windmill in the centre of the village, called "De Hoop" from 1652, recently fully restored.

Het Museum Huis van de AardeDen Oever has many bars and restaurants, something closely related to the proximity of the harbour. A (not complete) et volledig) summary: Maxico, the (temporarily closed) jazzcafe run by self-proclaimed diversionist Max Teeuwisse, known from radio and TV (if you know where to look), café the Flying Dutchman, café Tante Pietje (right near the harbour), De Houtzolder, visrestaurant Basalt (at the harbour), Chinese Restaurant Oriental, Hotel de Haan / Brasserie Dirk, De Dikke Bries in the Zuiderhaven.
At the end of August (depending on the tide) the Flora and Fisheryfestival takes place. At this weekend one of the best known (also most notorious) kermises (fairs) of the province is held.

Museum "Het Huis van de Aarde". The name reminds us of the time that it was mainly a geology museum. Recently the emphasis has shifted towards the medieval (Viking) history of Wieringen. Now it's more fair to say the museum shows the local early-medieval history and still has a small geology department. In the Autumn of 2001 the old museum closed, but there are plans to open a new museum next year.

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