Lemmer originated in the 13th century under its current name, yet was already recognised in 1228 under the name 'Lenna'. The settlement gradually grew and became an excellent place for merchants and artisans. There even stood a castle in Lemmer for a while, yet many buildings of that time have been destroyed as a result of the 'Dutch influences’. The village finally became one of the most important fishing places of the Netherlands, thanks to a fleet of 146 ships. The flourishing trade and shipping have been iconic for the current centre.
Events and activities
Large and small boats sail via 'Het Dok' right through the historical centre of Lemmer, on their way to or coming from the IJsselmeer. On either side of the water many shops, terraces, and restaurants in historic buildings are located. Water sports enthusiasts, but also other holiday-makers, ensure that Lemmer has become a tourist attraction. The Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal, the largest still working steam-driven pumping station in the world, is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. When it is in operation, people come from afar to see this. The beach on the IJsselmeer, situated within walking distance of the city centre, is also popular among day trippers. At the end of August, the nicest beach festival takes place at Lemmer! Together - young and old - people enjoy each other, music, sun, and beach, with their feet in the sand! Once a year, the Lemsterweek takes place. This is a week full of events, which attract about 85,000 people.
Lemmer has become a versatile village, but has always remained small-scaled and relaxed. Just over 10,000 people live there, a number that continues to grow, partly due to its central location. A number of important arterial roads run through Lemmer and important waterways and channels also end up here. Did you know that 'De Groene Draeck', the sailing ship of princess Beatrix, is a traditional Lemster Barge?