The Submarine HNLMS Tonijn (= tunny fish), since the summer of 1994 has formed part of the museum collection. The 'Tonijn' is a three-cylinder submarine of the Potvis (=spermwhale) class. This type of submarine formed the heart of the Dutch submarine fleet between 1960 and 1991.
It is the only Dutch submarine on permanent display to the public.
Fort Kijkduin (all by memory, will check the facts later)
An unique remainder of the french age, about 1870.The fort is partially built underground, with strong, fortified walls and a canal around it (which now is dry).During WW II it was used by the Germans, who built an fortified extra roof on top of it. In the 80's that roof was removed for it almost ruined the fort.
"De Oude Rijkswerf" (the Old Royalship warf) is being reconstructed. On April 28, 2004 the new theme park opened under the name CAPE HOLLAND. In June 2007 Cape Holland was taken over by Willemsoord BV.
A part of the area is maintained by the Museum harbour association with the VOC-replica Prins Willem, the former lighhouseship Texel, lifeboats at the Redding Museum, Westwalbotter Vrouwe Elisabeth RD 28 and two dozen other ships.
Other attractions are:
- Redding Museum
- Marine Museum
- Utopolis Cinema
- Game Kingdom
The French-built ‘Schorpioen’ was commissioned in 1868, together with three sister ships: ‘Stier’, ‘Buffel’ and ‘Guinea’. At that time, the four ironclads were part of a considerable modernisation of the Royal Netherlands Navy. The most striking weapon of the ‘Schorpioen’ was her pointed rambow. Due to incidental American and Austrian successes in the second half of the nineteenth century, ramming became popular.The purpose of the Dutch ironclads was to defend coastal waters and harbours. So the ‘Schorpioen’ did not undertake many trips abroad
This museum shows the past and present of the Dutch sea rescue operations.
- November until March 15: Su: Noon - 5PM
- March 15 till November:
Mo-Fr: 10AM - 5PM
Sa-Su: Noon - 5PM
Admission: Adult € 5,50
Boattrips € 1,25 per person.
At Willemsoord, in the historical museum harbour you can visit a VOC-replica of the Prins Willem vessel.
This ship was built in 1985 at the Amels shipyard at Makkum.
It's 68 meters long and the highest mast is 54 meters.
2009 UPDATE: In the night from July 29-30 a fire broke out at the lower deck and thereafter the whole ship was destroyed by fire.
The former lighthouse ship Texel now is a pasrt of the museum harbour at Willemsoord.
It was built just a few meters away from its present location at the former Rijkswerf Willemsoord in 1951.
The ship Length is 45,40 m eters.
The masttop is at 29 meters abover the waterline, with the light at 16 meters.
First day of Service: September 30, 1952.
Go and see the nice houses, bridges and all the water here :) But please don't thing all Dutch people live in houses like these, wear wooden shoes, authentic clothes, are all farmers and love tulips :)
The Afsluitdijk is a long man made causeway that links Noord Holland to Friesland. It carries the A7 main road across it and was constructed in the early 1930s by thousands of men and this work helped aliviate unemployment that was a problem across Holland and Europe at the time.
The Afsluitdijk has the North Sea on on side and the IJsselmeer on the other - there are gates at two points to allow access to and from the North Sea.
One of the most impressive structures I have ever seen - it is 20 miles long and there is a viewing point with a tower where from the top you can see just how impressive this is. There is a small gift shop and cafe too but strangely had an air of desolation when I was there. Very windy - the strongest winds I have ever known or experienced.
Besides the Dutch submarine at the Marinemuseum you can visit a former Russian Foxtrot Submarine at the Willemsoord warf.
See exotic plants and trees from all over the world. You find the biggest Japanese garden in this complex.
Helicopter rides above Den helder .. so you can see all that we have to offer
This museum shows the history of the Dutch Navy. There are old ships open for visit and for children there are hands-on projects.
In 2010 no National Fleetdays will be held (due to lack of funds).
So, no open house (port) for the Dutch Navy.
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