Harderwijk Travel Guide

  • Dolfinarium
    Dolfinarium
    by Twan
  • Dolfinarium
    Dolfinarium
    by Twan
  • Dolfinarium
    Dolfinarium
    by Twan

Harderwijk Things to Do

  • Dolfinarium

    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.

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  • Dolfinarium

    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...

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  • Visit the church

    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...

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  • Visit the 'Stadsmuseum'

    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...

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  • Architecture at Harderwijk

    some great houses at the center like Restaurant De Oude Drukkerij and Grote Kerk build 1415ac.

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  • Surfing and sailling, boating at...

    for those who love watersportssurfing tips at Harderwijk

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  • Dolfinarium

    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...

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  • Dolfinarium

    The Dolfinarium is a pleasant way to spend a day observing different sea creatures and daily performances from the acrobatic dolphins, comical sealions and enormous walrusses.

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  • Windmill De Hoop

    The "De Hoop" windmill is a museum with guided tours and a shop.Opening hours:Sa: 12AM - 5PMMay, June & September: We & Sa: 12AM - 5PMAugust: We - Sa: 12AM - 5PMAdmittance: € 1.40

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  • Dolphinarium

    Watch live dolphins, sea lions and even walruses in the act at the Dolphinarium, the largest marine animal park in Europe.

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  • City Tour

    Experience the city tour with a guide and learn more about the old Harderwijk, how fishermen lived, how small they lived with their eight, sometimes ten children etc.............

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  • The most intelligent sea-animals in the...

    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...

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  • The harbour and the windmill

    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...

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  • The old and cosy innertown

    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...

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  • Visit the Dolfinarium

    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...

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  • Dinning with dolpfins

    From behind a glass wall you can watch the dolphins, sea lions, seals and fishes swimming around. I haven't eaten there, so can't tell you that.

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  • Nice spot for coffee or lunch

    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...

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  • Boulevard Harderwijk Oct 2009

    all kinds of restaurant on the Boulevard and in the center of Harderwijkvarious prices

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Harderwijk Transportation

  • The local tourist sightseeing train

    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...

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  • Train or bus, but also boat and car

    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...

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  • To Dolfinarium by Car...

    We went there by car and it was easy to get there. Just take route A28 (Amersfoort - Zwolle) and follow the "Dolfinarium" signs all the way. If you come by rail, just take the train to Harderwijk station.

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Harderwijk Shopping

  • Nice and affordable women's fashion

    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...

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  • On Saturdays

    Lovely fresh produce on a small and pretty square. Beware of the cobblestones though!I made the photo after the market wrapped up, early Saturday afternoon. The square was just too pretty without all the stalls.

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  • Butcher

    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/

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Harderwijk Local Customs

  • Living on and with the water

    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...

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  • Living on and with the water

    Like in Amsterdam, people here to used to live a lot with the water. First way I want to show is the houseboats. Though now-a-days Harderwijk has only a few places where houseboats are allowed (like here in the inner harbour), their were more places centuries ago.

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  • Harderwijk Hotels

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Harderwijk Off The Beaten Path

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    Windows of the old

    by Pavlik_NL Written Jun 23, 2003

    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.

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Harderwijk Sports & Outdoors

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    Water, Harderwijk has a lot of it.

    by Pavlik_NL Updated Jun 23, 2003

    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.

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  • Harderwijk and the Veluwemeer (= lake)

    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...

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  • Marine Animal Shows...

    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!

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