In the port of Den Helder people live and work with the water. Surrounded by the North Sea, the Marsdiep and the Waddenzee, this coastal town in the North Cape is primarily known for its lively fish trade and large naval base. From Den Helder you can easily take a boat crossing to the magnificent Wadden Island of Texel.
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In Den Helder you will not only find beautiful nature around the Waddenzee, but also life in the city. A theatre, cinema, film house, restaurants and museums: it's all here. Or maybe you'd prefer a day of pleasure cruising on the water and would like to take a boat tour, a trip around the harbour or a speed boat ride? A really special option is a day of fishing on one of the fishing boats, because with a bit of luck you will see the seals sunbathing on the sandbanks during your trip.
Blue flag on top
With its favourable location, sun worshippers will be in the right place in Den Helder: this coastal town boasts the most hours of sun each year. Moreover, the Blue Flag flaps beside the coast at Den Helder: this award shows that the beach and water are clean and safe. That means you can relax and enjoy a day of swimming and sunbathing on the beach. Go dining at one of the good fish restaurants on the coast at sunset. And for a pleasant overnight stay enough hotels can be found in Den Helder.
Garden enthusiasts should not miss a visit to the Japanese Garden at greenhouse complex Hortus Overzee. And if you would like to learn about the history and maritime history of Den Helder then a visit to the old Willemsoord State Shipyard is recommended. On this beautifully restored site you will find the Naval Museum (with submarine) and the Dorus Rijkers Lifeboat Museum. Finish the day with a visit to megacinema Kinepolis and your day will be perfect.