An information center about Jan Planken Dry-Dock.
Just when we got to this information center, they closed up for the day.
It was a little disappointing ,Anke Thea was disappointed but that's life ,not much we could do about it.
We walked all around the whole Dry-Dock area and I got some nice pictures. Jan Blanken , born in 1755 in Bergambacht
The Netherlands, and after several different jobs Jan Planken worked his way up to become the'' Inspecteur Generaal van de Waterstaat '', '' Inspector General of the Waterways ''.
Jan Planken build the very important Dry-Dock in Hellevoetsluis.
The adress of this Visitors Info Center is
Industriehaven 50 3221 A D Hellevoetsluis.
Little street towards the harbour
Restaurants, pubs and a few shops in the old center. In Hellevoetsluis most shopping takes place at the mall in the newer part of Hellevoetsluis which is outside the fortifications. In the 2nd photo the footpath towards the center. Mind you: NO cycling in this street!
A nautical town
The nautical history of Hellevoetsluis is one of many centuries. It was a naval town but today it is very much a watersports town. There are over 2000 mooring spots, divided over 5 marinas.
Sometimes historical vessels visit town. That is a beautiful sight on the Haringvliet water! A boat, preferably! A sailing boat possibly. A seaworthy one, since you can cross over to England very easily from Hellevoetsluis.
In fact, the Dutch prince William umpteenth left from Hellevoetsluis to become king of England.
Peaceful off the beaten path place
Hellevoesluis is definitely way off the main tourist trek. There isn't a lot to do here but I find it interesting to see small places with friendly faces. I happened to be passing through and stopped for something to eat and drink. It's not too far from Rotterdam or Den Haag.
Hellevoetsluis (population: 40,200) is a town and municipality on Voorne-Putten Island in the western Netherlands, in the province of South Holland. The municipality covers an area of 46.14 km² (17.81 mile²) of which 14.57 km² (5.63 mile²) is water.
The name translates as "lock at the foot of the Helle".
The Helle was a small local river which disappeared over time.
The municipality of Hellevoetsluis also includes the population centres Nieuw-Helvoet, and Nieuwenhoorn, both former municipalities.
During the time of the United Provinces Hellevoetsluis was the naval port of the Admiralty of the Maas (Rotterdam) and could accommodate an entire fleet within a special land-enclosed fortress with harbour and dockyard facilities, accessible through a canal.
Hellevoetsluis is a modern, lively place. Situated on the Haringvliet with the sea, beach and dunes close by, on the extreme southern edge of the Rijnmond and Europoort areas, close to the broad Zeeland landscape.
The old town centre, the fortress, is a bustling and agreeable place in the summer where there is much to see and to do. There are many terraces where you can enjoy a drink and look out upon the busy harbour. The various restaurants serve 'international' food - for example Italian, Chinese, Indian, Greek and of course Dutch. Also outside of the fortress you will find a large variety of restaurants and bars serving food. There are also other facilities such as a children’s farm, a sailing school, a fitness centre, tennis courts, a sauna, etc.
Water sports lovers, day-trippers or local residents: everybody will be pleasantly surprised with the opportunities Hellevoetsluis has in store for them.
Here's a picture of the Shoppingcentre "Struytse Hoeck", a must for the frequent shopaholic.