Information about Den Helder
Den Helder is the northernmost municipality in the province of North Holland. The area Den Helder is also known as the Kop van Noord-Holland or Noordkop. Total municipality of Den Helder has about 60,000 residents. Den Helder is the main naval base in the Netherlands and also the embarkation point for the boat to the island of Texel. Den Helder has a center with several shopping and visit Tuesday Beachcombing Market in the summer months.
Beautiful beaches, beautiful dunes, a lovely harbor with fresh fish!
The location and surrounding area
Den Helder lies in the most northern point of Noord-Holland and is surrounded on three sides by water – from the North Sea, the Wadden Sea and the Marsdiep deep tide-race. Den Helder is easy to reach by car and has its own railway station with good connections with Alkmaar, and the Intercity link to Nijmegen. The city can also be easily reached by bus. Den Helder Airport lies just to the south of the city. The surrounding area of Den Helder is rich in woodlands and there are beautiful wide beaches where you can enjoy the sea breeze or a lovely day at the beach during sunny weather.
All there is to do in Den Helder
There is plenty to do for both young and old in Den Helder. At Fort Kijkduin, built in 1811 under the commission of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and restored in 1996, you can visit the underground vaults and corridors. A sensational attraction at Fort Kijkduin is the aquarium, a glass tunnel where you literally walk amongst the fish. At Fort Kijkduin there are even more attractions to see, and it is also a very enjoyable experience for the children.
The National Marine Days are really popular. During this annual event, you are given the opportunity to look round on board warships. You can also take part in various activities and see what the Navy does. During July and August, there is the Juttertjesmarkt beachcombers’ market, held every Tuesday.
As well as Fort Kijkduin, the Oude Rijkswerf Willemsoord former Royal Navy quarters and the Lange Jaap lighthouse, Den Helder has numerous monuments you can visit.
Art and culture
Den Helder has a lot to offer in the way of art and culture:
- The Dorus Rijkers national rescue museum, all about the history of ship disasters and the courageous rescue teams from the Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue Institution;
- The Käthe Kruse Museum, a widely known museum and unique of its kind, with more than 500 dolls, toys and three floors filled with nostalgic objects;
- The Marine Museum, where you can discover the rich history of the Royal Netherlands Navy, with models of ships, uniforms and nautical monuments;
- Next to the Marine Museum, there is the submarine De Tonijn, lying dry, which is open to the public as well as the minesweeper Abraham Crijnssen.
Activities in Den Helder
Den Helder has much to offer in the area of water sports, with sailing, among other things. Den Helder has a water sports association with its own marina and several mooring places. At the Golf & Beach Resort Ooghduyne, you can enjoy golfing at this 18 hole golf course. You can also go for lovely beach walks and cycling trips. The Wadden island of Texel is easy and fast to reach by boat.
Shopping in Den Helder
In the centre of Den Helder you will find many different shops where you can have a nice browse. There are both shop chains and small shops, so something for everyone. If the weather is less fine, you ca