This is a great place to bring a large group of people (including kids). For instance for birthday parties, colleagues from work, friends. You can ask for games to be organised for all ages, also outside in the orchard.
Barbecues and buffets can all be had too.
The harbour of Vlaardingen itself is used as a marina and open air museum with a collection of old ships. I visited it in December of 1995.
At the harbour is the Visserijmuseum (in 2003 the museum was renamed Visserij en Vlaardings Museum), a museum dedicated to commercial sea fishing and local lore.
Besides the extensive collection of fishing in which a permanent arrangement on the ground floor, there are regular exhibitions to show on a subject that has to do with the stadshistorie.
Tuesday to Friday from 10.00-17.00 hours
Saturday and Sunday hours of 12.00-17.0
The museum is closed on Mondays (except Easter Sunday and 2nd Monday 2nd), New Year, and Queen's 1st Christmas
Adults € 4.50
Children (4 to 14 years) € 2.50
65 + € 2.50
CJP € 2.50
MJK / Tourist Pass / ICOM / Rotterdam Pas free and Friends *
A small museum dedicated to Vlaardingens fishing history. The displays show the type of ship that operated out of Vlaardingen , how fishing nets developed , the dress of the fisherman and the women who worked alongside them on shore and a number of displays of recreations of trawler owners offices, a shop and quayside. This museum and the associated Institute for Netherlands Sea-fishing sit inside a 1790 house.
There is also an exhibition room with changing displays and at the time of visit had an exhibition of wedding history in Vlaardingen.
One of Many
This is one of the many churches in Vlaardingen , unfortunalty the maintenance on this church is poor so you can see the decay..
The church as you can now see it was initiated in 1869 and is neo gotic. It was designed by P.J.H. Cuypers.
Due to the decay of the church it was dismantled in 1956, only the tower of the church was preserved.
The tower has been restaured twice since then, once in 1972 and the last time in 1987.
When you walk close to the church you can see it really needs te be restaured again.
Just copy and paste in your adress bar and then choose drive me to for directions.
Picture on the left taken March 16 2003
Picture on the right taken March 1 2003
it's a park located near the city centre, you can take a walk here. In the park you can find a small petting zoo with sheeps, cows and more. But there's also a pet shelter for lost or unwanted pets.
Just copy and paste into the adressline of your browser. You then get a map and if you click on Drive Me To you can also get driving directions.
Build in 1778
This fish auction was designed by Jacob van Schie and it was build in 1778. It has a weather vane on the roof with a herring in it and a lamprey (carrion fish) underneath it which points out the north.
But even before this fish auction was build the Vlaardinger harbour was a place were plaice , mackerel and haddock was auctioned. The reason for building the "Visbank" was that the city council decided fish shouldn't be auctioned outside anymore.
It has been used as fish auction till 1949. Today it is used as a flowershop. It also has a sunken public toilet next to it which (has) to come up ín the evening to prefent people watering against this historical building.
If you are in miniature city Madorudam (The Hague) you can find a small replica of this fish auction.
picture taken on march 16, 2003
These Spanish stairs are in the City center of Vlaardingen and made on both sides of the road. The stairs where designed by Wilma Kuil.
It was made out of marble, granite and pieces of glass from all over the world by the company Tomaello who is specialized in this kind of work.
These stairs are both 26,5 meters long, an average of 6,5 meters wide and have a height of about 5 meters.
The stairs where completed in 1996.
Picture made March 16,2003
This Sluice is the first of three sluice build in this area around 1250. The sluice where made for Rijswijk en Schipluiden, on the insert on the picture you see the weapons of the sluice of "Schipluiden".
These weapons where place on this sluice during renovations in 1639 and 1653.
The original sluice of "Vlaardinger Ambacht" was replaced by the current one. Both other sluice where removed after this.
Picture taken on March 16
"Weeshuis der hervormden"
Architect G.J. Bosma built this orphanage in the year 1893. G.J. Bosma was a the Hague resident. Up to 1898 it wasn't only used for the harbouring of orphans, it also was used for the elderly.
No longer a orphanage
They stopped using this as an orphanage in 1960 and got a social / cultural function. This building survived two demolishing decisions and was renovated during 1992 and 1993.
At this time it is mostly used as a health center. It has also some appartements in it.
Picture taken March 16, 2003
The Mill as it is now was build in 1790. During this period Vlaardingen had 2 mayors Antony Ruiterus en Abraham van Ryn.
not the first Mill
It wasn't the first mill on this place, in 1407 there was a wooden mill. This wooden mill was replaced in 1686 by another wooden mill but with a stone fundament. It was used to grind for bakkeries and distillers.
In the early 1900's the maintenance on the mill was terrible and around 1920 they removed the top with the wings and it was used as a watch tower and bill board.
In the period of 1956 through 1957 the mill was restored and got his current name "Aeolus" after the Greek God of wind.
The Mill is now still used to grind since 1977.
(current pictures where taken on 16-3-2003)
The Pelmolen is an historical building which used to be an warehouse. After it had no more function as a warehouse, they decided to make it an apartment complex. Just before that it caught fire, the building was saved and now it does serve as an apartment building
The Museum is located in the historical center of Vlaardingen at the old harbour.
It is dedicated completly to the history of fishery. It's the ideal place to find out more about vlaardingens history. In front of the museum there is also a restaurant and a ship that can be visited.
After the 15th century the main source of income for residents of Vlaardingen became fishing. A big role in this played the movement of the herring from the eastsea to the north sea. Vlaardingen residents are up till now still called "haringkoppen" (herring heads)