The bridge over the sluice is the only way to get from one side of the town to the other side. Everytime the water in the sluice adjusts to the directio of which the boats go to the bridge closes.
First the bridge opens and boats get out of the sluice. Then the bridge closes again and normal traffic can continue. After a few minutes the bridge opens again and boats get into the sluice after which the bridge closes again. Then the sluice adjusts to the water level on the other side and boats and traffic can continue.
It is great to sit next to the sluice for some time, either in café Sluiszicht or at one of the benches next to the sluice.
Strolling around the harbour on a sunny day is great. You can look at all the boats and the people on them. There are a few café's along the shore where you can relax a bit with a cold beer and enjoy the view. Blokzijl is a popular place in summer, so the harbour is very lively!
The Blokzijl Levend Monument is also situated next to the bridge, behind the monument of Kaatje. I dón't know what the meaning of this monument is, but I'll try to find out....so for now only a picture.
Next to the harbour and the sluice you will find this lighthouse on a piece of green grass. It is not an actual lighthouse, but it symbolises the lighthouse Blokzijl doesn't have. It looks pretty cool anyway in my opinion and you can even reach the top without climbing all the stairs ;-) What more do you want?
Blokzijl is known around the country for its sluice. Many tourists each summer use the sluice to get around the Provincie of Overijssel. The sluice has a special character because of the bridge crossing it and the restaurants and hotel next to it.
Walk around the harbour and take a look at the water system here. The system is used to get boats from a higher to a lower tide.
Kaatje is the most famous person in the history of Blokzijl. She used to be the owner of the tavern that now houses the restaurant Kaatje bij de Sluis.
This is the church of Blokzijl. It is located on a nice little and quiet square. Notice the little sign in front of the church, next to the car... it announces when the next Mass is.