Enkhuizen was one of the largest ports during the Netherlands' 'Golden Age'. It was here that in 1603 the Dutch East India Company established a branch that proved to be the catalyst for city's international trade and spurt in economic growth. After both domestic and foreign commercial competition began to dominate, the city was increasingly neglected. Only when tourism started around 1900 did the city thrive again. Today Enkhuizen is a popular harbour for excursions, especially during the summer months.