The Dolphinarium in Harderwijk is the only dolphinarium in the Netherlands. The Dolphinarium in Harderwijk is the largest marine mammal park in Europe and attracts around one million visitors. The park was founded in 1955 as a sideline in the operation of a shipping company. In 1965, the doors of the Dolphinarium open to the public.more
Harderwijk nowadays is closely connected to the Dolfinarium, the dolphins attraction park at the border of the IJsselmeer. When you are with kids this is a must-do.Opening hours:Daily: 10AM - 5PM (ticket office at 4PM, thereafter no entrance); 6PM in July and August.The park is closed in the winter season.Admission: Euro 23.00; 24.00 in July and...more
Harderwijk is part of the so-called Bible belt. Which we noticed very well when walking along one street just outside the town center. Seven churches we counted. All different kinds of congregations.This here is the main church in the town center, the Reformed Church or by its old (catholic) name of Church of our Lady (Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk).There...more
This museum is situated in the centre of Harderwijk. Lots of local info that is also interesting for Dutch people. For instance the camps for Belgian soldiers who fled their country during World War 1. Nearly 15.000 of them were interned near Harderwijk. About twice as many as all the Harderwijk inhabitants at the time!Other topics in this museum...more
wonderfull park with dolphin and walrusshows a few times per day. We didnt go to the shows because it was way to crowded you had to stand in a very long line, so we visited Odiesea, a building where after taking a big lift down with lots of people, we saw dolphins and walrusses, wow those walrusses are so huge, it was amazing to see how they moved...more
Dolfinarium HarderwijkAll kinds of shows with dolphins/sealions and some beautiful sea animals.A nice playing area for the kids.Opening hoursdaily 10.00 - 18.00 hrs. during winterperioddaily 10.00 - 17.00 hrs.Entrance fees3 yrs and older € 19,25 July & August supplement € 1,00 Children untill 2 yrs. f.oc. Seniors 65+ € 17,75Link to my: Dolfinarium...more
Close to the town and around the corner of the boulevard (you probably saw it passing by when arriving by car and parking near the Dolfinarium) is the harbour of Harderwijk. Near the harbour the windmill rises up high and a wonderful little lifting bridge offers the possibility to go to it.This part of Harderwijk is realy traditionaly fishermen's...more
After all thrills in the Dolfinarium it's a shame if you would immediately return home (or to the hotel, campground or boat). Go in town and enjoy the monuments that will keep on passing by your footsteps. Start by entering the town through the old fishermen gate and gaze around the fishmarket. Look at the gate:, it is entrance and lighthouse at...more
The Dolfinarium is sometimes overshadowing the initial beauty of Harderwijk. One should however still visit the Dolfinarium, but reckon with a couple of hours to also visit the innertown and enjoy it's delights. For example by taking a strawl after all the excitement of the sea-animal-shows and have dinner in town.Dolfinarium Harderwijk was one of...more
Leuvenumseweg 7, Harderwijk, 3847 LA, The Netherlands
Good for: Business
We had our wedding party and stayed in this excellent hotel, it's the best in Harderwijk. Luxurous...more
Markt 6-10, Harderwijk, 3841 CE, The Netherlands
Good for: Families
We sat outside on the heated terrace overlooking the 'Markt' square. Very enjoyable, quick service and nice food!Sorry, I have no photo! I had a 'kroket' on french bread with a bit of salad. My friend had a toastie of Turkish bread with brie, salami and more deli stuff. Was scrumptuous.A coffee and a cappucino totalled the bill to just under 15...more
At the seafront boulevard near the Vischpoort is the sightseeing train "station".The train itself is called the Boulevard Express.The sightseeing trains run from 1PM to 6PMFrom 10AM - 12AM the train runs from the Harderwijk train station to the Boulevard.After 4PM it also runs from the Boulevard to the local car parks and the Harderwijk train...more
Of course, the most ideal way to come to Harderwijk is to sail your boat from the Veluwe-lake into the harbour and start exploring. However, most people come by their own car or by touringcar (as many organised trips to the Dolfinarium can bring you to this town). There's also a trainstation that is approximately on the middle of the trachs from...more
I didn't mean to but the shop window was enticing so we went inside and came out again with a new short formal jacket and a soft silky golden blouse. All for very little.Nice staff! Well made clothes (in Turkey) with a good fit and nice details and well priced. The formal jacket (as if tailor made for me!) was 69 euro. The blouse off a rack of...more
I like it when butchers can tell you where their meat comes from. And it's all regional here. Beef, pork and chicken all come from producers in the region (Uddel, Wekerom and Nijkerk). You can hire the butcher to slaughter your own livestock! They have their weekly offers on their website: http://www.slagerbeert.nl/more
When the IJsselmeer still was the Southern Sea, it was one of the most dangerous and unpredictable places for fishremen in Europe. The waves could get very high and winds could turn from one to the other moment. Women and children, waiting ashore had then the terrifying fear that the sea would again take casulaties and maybe their husband/father...more
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The innertown of Harderwijk is still like it was in medieval times. The shoopingroads might be wide and busy and the little alleys that lead away somewhat uninviting, but here's where the real little secrets of Harderwijk are to be found. Especially around the old citywalls, little alleys run along this old defensive line and display wonderful little corners where it seems that the time has stood still for over a couple of centuries at least.
With the Veluwe-lake out front, Harderwijk can be called a capitol in it's region for watersports. The Veluwe-lake (or "meer" as we say) is very shallow and therefor an ideal place to learn surfing. Falling of the board results in an easy climbing back up again and one can keep on trying until the moment that one slides over the water as if it is done from birth.
All watersportstips that you find on my "The Netherlands"-page, apply for sure for Harderwijk.
Equipment: Can be brought, but also rented on the boulevard.
Harderwijk used to be a coastal town. A fishermen's harbour that had the sea just outside it's citywalls. Now-a-days the sea has been turned into a big shallow lake and reaching the (North)sea will take a drive over at least a hundred kilometres. Still, Harderwijk is closely connected with the water Harderwijk used to be the closest town with some...more
Visiting Dolfinarium is really something that brings you close to nature, and you get to learn something about the animals. Here, you'll find out that marine animals can be really intelligent creatures. The show is simply amazing and there are really cute and funny, too! One of the best dolphin and walrus show that I ever watched!more