Beach resort - Blow out - Blazing entrance - Boat views
Very Crowded when there's sunshine
The ferry to England leaves from here
One of life's simpler pleasures is watching the world go by and there's something especially enjoyable about watching the industriousness of a busy commercial harbour. The Hoek is a relatively minor port with only three or four ferries a day but it overlooks the main port of Rotterdam, Europe's largest seaport.An ideal place to sit and watch the...more
I'm not much of a morning person myself and my usual routine when arriving on the overnight ferry to the Hoek is to stay in bed until the last announcement for foot passengers to assemble. A quick splash, get dressed and I'm ready to disembark.Once in the terminal I grab a coffee from the machine which I take out to the train station platform. This...more
The Rock Art museum is a museum devoted to the Dutch Beat and Rock era.The basis of the collection is an amazing guitar display; also other early musical instruments used by famous Dutch artists, like herman Brood, Alquin and older guitar groups are on display.Recently the original Soundpush Studio custom build mixer was acquired. This console...more
The Keringhuis, Public Water Management Information Centre is the Public Water Management Information Centre about flood risk management in the Province of Zuid-Holland and the impressive Maeslant Storm Surge Barrier. Since the opening of the information centre in 1996 over 1.2 million visitors discovered the ins and outs of Dutch water management....more
You can visit the famous Maeslantkering, which is part of the Delta Works. The Delta Work are a series of dykes and constructions that protect the Netherlands from the sea in case of storm.This enormous construction automatically closes when the water-level is dangerously high.You can visit the museum next to the Maeslantkering, called Keringhuis,...more
The small harbour, Berghaven, is only for the use of the pilot service, government vessels and the Hoek van Holland lifeboat. The ferry from Harwich to Hoek van Holland is operated by Stena Line. There has been a ferry service operating since 1893 with only the two World Wars interrupting the service. The Fast Ferry (RET) connects Hoek van Holland...more
Maybe this chair looks like an ordinary one, but it is a giant chair. You can find this chair as a peace of art along the Nieuwe Waterweg (New Water-way) when going for a beach walk. I haven't found yet the name of the artist, so in future time I will submit the name, ok?It's a pity that the giant chair got damaged after s bad weather storm ... so...more
In 1893 construction of the Hoek van Holland lighthouse was completed. In combination with the outer "Low Light" it formed a light beam indicating the entrance to the Nieuwe Waterweg, the sea canal to the port of Rotterdam.In 1960 the optics were replaced, but in 1974 (after completion of the Maasvlakte) the lighthouse was decommissioned.In 1982...more
Rietdijk Street 96, Hoek van Holland, 3151 GK, The Netherlands
Good for: Couples
't Oeverbos is considered to be one of the best restaurants in Vlaardingen with Dutch and Belgian cousine. It is located at the bank of Maas and has a great view at the riverside. I had a pleasure to visit it with my colleagues and have a meal there in December of 1995 after an excursion in Hook van Holland and before the excursion in Vlaardingen....more
If you really want to explore the Hoek van Holland most beautiful view (see link) you better find your way to this super spot when it is a very sunny day.Here you will see the ferries, the impressive seagoing vessels and the huge industrial tank-steamers, sailing for the West to the North Sea.Or coming in, accompanied by pilot-boats.During the day...more
Nevertheless the owners could have used a dictionary when opening this new CaribBean Beach Cafe recently this is a great place. On a sunny day I can't imagine any nicer way to spend your time that to sit in one of their giant chairs outside to have a drink and peoplewatch at the beach. We were here on one of the first sunny days of the year 2006 so...more
At 8 am none of the bars were open. However that didn't prevent me from having a suss and I noticed a couple of likely candidates for an evening visit at some later stage.
Particularly attractive is the Prins Hendrik, just off the main square, which looks like a proper pub. Another candidate is De Torpedoloods, at the pilot's dock, but that looks like it's up for sale.
Next trip will be early summer 2014 - watch this space!
There is a "Coffee Shop" too, De Storm, if that's your thing but that's not on my list.
The Hoek ferry port railway station is Hoek van Holland Haven and is attached to the ferry port terminal building. There are trains every half hour to Rotterdam Centraal (about a 30 minute journey) and then from Rotterdam the combination of Intercity and Regional services allow easy access to anywhere within The Netherlands including night services...more
Stena Line offers two ferry crossings daily between Hoek van Holland and Harwich, on the Essex coast. These run seven days a week, year-round with the exception of 24th and 25th December.The daytime ferry from Harwich leaves in the morning and arrives at the Hoek late afternoon/early evening whilst the corresponding boat from the Hoek departs in...more
The Stena Line Ferry is sailing between Hoek van Holland and Harwich. It is the best and cheapest way to travel by boat to England.Stena Line Ferry introduced the "high-speed" vessels (HSS) in 1996 from Hoek van Holland - Harwich. The Stena Britannica and Stena Hollandica are the ferries of luxury with all kind of comfort.When departing at daytime...more
If travelling back to the UK on the ferry and you want to pick up some cheap alcohol don't bother with the so-called "Duty Free" shop on the ferry - it's not particularly cheap and the range on offer is very limited and boring.
Just behind the Haven railway station, up and down the steps pictured, is a major Albert Heijn supermarket on the ground floor of the apartment block facing you. Here they have a wide selection of beers, wines and spirits at local prices which are cheaper than you'll pay on the boat. It's also well worth looking out for their special offers as these are often very good value.
The store is open from 08.00 until 20.00 Monday to Saturday and 11.00 until 20.00 on Sundays.
It's also useful if you want to get some Dutch foods, such as cheeses and sausages, too.
For all your tourist queries, help with accommodation, public transport information and etc. the VVV tourist information office is located in the main square in the town centre. As well as the usual freebie leaflets they also offer guidebooks, maps and souvenirs for sale.They are also happy to assist with queries about the nearby cities such as Den...more
The Hoek is quite a small town, population less than 10,000 with a compact centre. Everywhere is easily walkable, though quite spread out, and so the local tourist board maps and direction signs come in quite useful if searching for somewhere specific.If arriving at the ferry port or the Haven railway station the map pictured shows where everything...more
If you do not know where is the ferry-boat of Maassluis you probably miss this place.Most people travel on the highway and pass the little village of Maassluis.When you want to cross the New Waterway by ferry-boat, just drive into Maassluis from highway The Hague or Rotterdam and follow the signs for the "ferry-boat".The departs start at 06.00 hrs...more
People all over the world do love the ocean and its waves, even the unpredictable ones.Holland is disreputable for its North Sea, the undercurrent ... and the unpredictable waves.The most dangerous area is Hoek van Holland along the New Water-way !!!Nope, not for the huge tank-steamers causing some high waves ...That is fun !You better watch the...more
The crossing from Harwich to the Hook of Holland was really comfortable on the Stena Lines catamaran, and on arrival we drove south to Belgium where we enjoyed a pleasant week in De Kempen. However, the return crossing was terrible; it was in winter, just after Christmas, and on the way to the port, it was snowing harder than I've ever seen before....more
When you go on the Pier when the weather is some what rough you could get wet. I suppose it isn't smart to go on there when the weather is really bad.But if there some waves and you're asked to pose on the pier, be carefull you might me part of a joke...Just as i did with Niki letting her pose on a place where i saw waves coming on to the...more
It is possible to have a view at Hoek van Holland in a very surprising way ...When by car drive to Maassluis and take the ferry-boat. Look for the road-signs of Maeslant Kering, (= Maeslant Storm Surge Barrier or Maeslant Barrier) and drive to the very end. At the right you will see Hoek van Holland and have the utmost stunning view at this small...more
When you go for a walk along the New Waterway you will see the New Waterway is divided in 2 waterways. I just found out there is a piece of land in between of these 2 waterways which is reachable by car.The views along way to the end of this piece of land in between are so breathtaking. It would be a shame when you miss this. Drive to Maassluis,...more
Watch the special lamp-posts in the mainstreet Prins Hendrikstraat of Hoek van Holland you will find in the small center.These lamp-posts are little lighthouses, so significant for the Hoek van Holland people,all sailors fo a very long and legendary time.The lamp-posts got well-known here for the tourists ... so donot miss it.more
Probably yiou'll find the "fly kites" in most of villages of Holland, although in Hoek van Holland the "fly kites-sport" is a very special one ...
It is named "train fly kites" because the length of this fly kite is 200 metres. Some are made of plastic shopping bags and garbage bags.
It looks spectacular, especially because of the colours and the length ...
Equipment: I guess this is an event specially created for Hoek van Holland, so when you want to watch the "fly skites", please contact the VVV office of Hoek van Holland.
VVV Hoek van Holland Store/ Stichting Get Hoekt
Prins Hendrikstraat 281
3151 AK Hoek van Holland
One of the minor pleasures I get from my Netherlands visits are the cheap tarts. Even the smallest of towns will have somewhere warm and cosy where they can be enjoyed.Here in the Hoek I was spoiled for choice with three temptresses all on the same street. They looked good, smelled good and were suitably inexpensive but I managed to discipline...more
Hook of Holland - literally "Corner of Holland", also known as the Hook (De Hoek), is a town in the western Netherlands. It is situated on the North Sea coast, on the north bank of the Nieuwe Waterweg ship canal. The town is administered by the municipality of Rotterdam as a district of that city.I was there in December of 1995 when we saw the...more
I am not that fond of saying "goodbye" and "until we meet again" ...And that very "goodbye" feeling I always get when on places where people do say these things and know they are leaving their beloveds for longer time.Like on railway stations, in the airports, and ... at the harbours or at a small port. Maybe because I had to leave my place of...more