Hellevoetsluis Travel Guide

  • Helius Shanty choir performs at Fort Haerlem
    Helius Shanty choir performs at Fort...
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  • Fort Haerlem, Hellevoetsluis
    Fort Haerlem, Hellevoetsluis
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  • The prince of Orange opens Fort Haerlem
    The prince of Orange opens Fort Haerlem
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Hellevoetsluis Things to Do

  • Restored fortifications

    The fortifications on the west side of the old harbour have been beautifully restored. It includes an area where you can walk (no entrance fee!) and enjoy the history of this town that was a marine harbour and an important strategic defense point against the English, the French and later (though theoretically) the Belgians.

  • Historical center Oudheidkamer

    A small museum about how people used to live in Hellevoetsluis.Last year, in 2012, our theatre group were in the museum and re-enacted part of the history when famous Admiral De Ruyter planned to set sail again to fight the English.Access: there is a staircase up to the museum.Entrance fee: 1.50 euro for adults and 1 euro for children 6-12 yrs.

  • Light beacon ship Noordhinder

    "Once an identification mark in the North Sea, helping seamen to establish their position at sea while at the same time warning seamen of dangerous sand banks along Zeeland’s coast".This museum ship is permanently docked in Hellevoetsluis. You can visit and learn all about how the ship worked, the dangers at sea and how this ship helped prevent...

  • Droogdok Jan Blanken

    Dry dock Jan Blanken is an old dock built in a period around 1800 and is recently restored. Hellevoetsluis was often used for reparing ships when it was still a commercial and marine port. The Water Board (Rijkswaterstaat) is an extremely important administrative body in The Netherlands. In fact, it exists alongside the political system. The dry...

  • National Museum Fire Brigade

    Everything you always wanted to know about the fire brigade and its history. This is a 50 year old museum which has adapted to modern days with interactive exhibitions. So it's real fun for children too.In summer there are big band concerts here. Entrance: 3 euro (adult), 2 euro (kids 4-12 yrs). Various passes for free entrance apply.Opening hours...

  • Windmill De Hoop

    This is a working windmill in the center of the fortified town, built in 1801. You can visit it in July and August on every Saturday and Sunday between 12-16 hrs. You can also visit it when the blue flag is out or if you make an appointment. Other visiting days in 2013 are:Museumweekend: 6 en 7 april;11 May: Nationale Molendag;20 July: VPR...

  • Fort Haerlem

    One of the photo's here is old. I made it before the total restoration which was finished in 2012. The importance of this fortification was illustrated when King Willem-Alexander (then Prince of Orange) came to officially re-open the fort.The local scouting are now housed here.

  • Walk around the fortifications

    The oldest part of Hellevoetsluis is a fortified town. Unlike other fortified towns in The Netherlands, that have a star shape, Hellevoetsluis is long and narrow. Because the harbour is inside the fortification, you can't walk all around but of course you can cross over the bridge to get to the other side.

  • Where there are boats there must be...

    Very true ,boats do have Achors ,but this Anchor is a little bigger then any of the boats docked in this Harbour are using ,I am pretty sure of that

  • A very busy Harbour it is in...

    The picture tells the story Hellevoetsluis must be a favoritye Harbour going by all the boats we see here.That's a lot of boats.

  • Another beautiful Church in...

    We drove by this Church so I took a picture of it ,it is a beautiful church and it looks like it was recently restored.

  • One very beautiful Sailboat just docked.

    We just saw this beautiful big sailboat come in and dock ,end of september and still lots of boats in and out the harbour.


Hellevoetsluis Hotels

  • Citta Romana

    Parkweg 1 Postbus 93, Hellevoetsluis, 3220 AB, The Netherlands

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Cape Helius Beach Hotel

    Lovely, brand new hotel in what I'd describe as a Scandinavian style. The website speaks of Cape Cod...

  • Resort Citta Romana

    I've been here for lunch or a party but not really in a holiday home because I live nearby. The...


Hellevoetsluis Restaurants

  • Stylish food and atmosphere

    This brand new restaurant (opened summer 2013) is situated in the old centre, overlooking the harbour especially in good weather when you can sit outside.The restaurant may be brand new but it's opened in one of the historical old buildings and named after the most famous admiral of The Netherlands: Michiel de Ruyter.It may look a bit formal but...

  • My favourite chinese restaurant

    I've just eaten at Yoe Yi again, as we speak. We find this the best Chinese restaurant in Hellevoetsluis. Always a warm welcome and good quality food.Usually Chinese restaurants serve some free prawn crackers to start off the meal and first drink. This restaurant has, without a doubt, the best home made free crackers. Freshly fried, spicy...

  • Modern Greek restaurant

    Not your usual idea of a Greek restaurant. That's just the interior which is Greek but modern at the same time. The hospitality is definitely Greek: warm and welcoming.You can sit inside and outside and enjoy one of the harbours of Hellevoetsluis with a view of historical buildings.It's open daily from 16-23 hrs. Recommended! One of the...

  • All you can eat...

    All you want in this wok restaurant. First there is chinese soup and little starters like samosa/spring roll kind of bites. Then you choose from a buffet of uncooked food whatever you like (fish, meat, vegetables) which you bring to the wok cook to prepare with a sauce of your choice. Then you choose from the buffet rice, fried rice, noodles,...

  • The place for Seafood and Meat

    This Restaurant is located in Hellevoetsluis just outside de vesting on a big open water named Haringvliet. This is a very beautiful location for a restaurant. The food is always in a different style. A very fine restaurant Try the T-bone , it just melts in your mouth

  • Chinese restaurant

    I go here frequently for a quick meal. In fact, we ate a 3 course meal tonight (16-9-2010) within the hour.Ah well, it's not your romantic or culinary night out. But the food and service are good. The meal consisted of a small starter (3 small spring rolls or a soup), then 4 meat dishes (chicken, ribs, beef and crispy pork) with rice and noodles,...


Hellevoetsluis Transportation

  • Parking

    All parking is free in Hellevoetsluis. You will have to mind the parking spaces and sometimes there's a maximum time (though only behind the town hall, if I'm informed correctly).

  • From Rotterdam to Hellevoetsluis

    Take a metro from Rotterdam to Spijkenisse Centrum. They are very frequent, and it takes about 30 minutes.From there take a bus 101 to Hellevoetsluis.All in all your travel time is 1 hour.All public transportation schedules can be found here:http://journeyplanner.9292.nl/NB: I would be able to be more specific if you let me know where exactly you...

  • Snelweg

    The Netherlands has a vast and efficient network of freeways known as the "Snelweg". Destinations are very well marked with plenty of exit warnings making it easy to get around. The speed limit on the Snelweg is 120 kmph and don't forget to drive on the right.


Hellevoetsluis Shopping

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    Kruidenmarkt.nl: Herbal potions and such

    by ATLC Written Oct 30, 2013

    I found a market stall on a street fair with all kinds of herbal products, organic food supplements and plenty of stuff to smear on dry spots!

    What to buy: I particularly enjoyed the very strong herbal vaseline (mine was with aloe vera) for dry skin. A little goes a long way and I only paid 3 euro.

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Hellevoetsluis Local Customs

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    Little street towards the harbour

    by ATLC Written Jul 29, 2008

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    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!

    Kerkstraat, Hellevoetsluis Hellevoetsluis

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Hellevoetsluis Off The Beaten Path

  • 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.

  • Many new houses are build near...

    As the picture shows you new homes, this is outside Hellevoetsluis Harbour area ,but they are getting ready for the future ,many new homes are being build here.

  • Off course there was a Windmill around.

    Somewhere outside of Hellevoetsluis was this Windmill .of course you can't travel too far in the Netherlands without seeing a Windmill.


Hellevoetsluis Sports & Outdoors

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    A nautical town

    by ATLC Written Sep 16, 2010

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    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!

    Equipment: 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.

    central harbour in Hellevoetsluis
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    • Sailing and Boating

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Hellevoetsluis Favorites

  • A Political play was performed in the...

    When we were at the Jan Planken Dry-Dock thy advertised a Play .The play was called'' Gysbreght van Aemstel''The play was there fom June till end of November.

  • An information center about Jan Planken...

    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...

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