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Foreword Voorne-Putten, the island that is waiting to be discovered. Every moment is different here. One moment you can enjoy endless peace and space, and the next moment there will be countless events and activities to choose from. Discover the history of Voorne-Putten. Meet naval heroes, privateers, kings and countesses. You will see them everywhere on Voorne-Putten: Tromp, de Ruyter, Jacoba van Beijeren, Willem van Oranje, Admiral Lumey and Jan Blanken. The island will tell its stories and reveal its secrets through its many museums, churches and monuments. Grab your bicycle and ride towards the horizon, take a ferry to the other side of the water and enjoy the atmosphere on one of the many terraces by the waterside. Go shopping, relax on one of the sandy beaches, or do a puzzle route on your bicycle. It’s all possible! While you are enjoying the beach, thousands of animals will be going about their business in the Voordelta. The abundance of food makes it the perfect service station for migratory birds. Just a half hour drive away from Rotterdam, you can take a walk in one of the most beautiful dune areas in Western Europe. Because of the variation of dry and wet, high and low, sun and shade, many plants and animals feel at home in the natural areas on Voorne-Putten, and we’re sure you will too. The Voorne-Putten magazine gives you tips and inspiration on the go for an enjoyable visit or stay on our beautiful island. Enjoy! Team Voorne-Putten Magazine

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6 Municipalities on Voorne-Putten

Fortress cities, seaside resort or small towns, you’ll find it on Voorne-Putten.

18 Beaches Experience the enormous space and taste the salty air.

26 On and by the water Aside from the amazing North Sea beaches, Voorne-Putten has many other beautiful waterways where you can relax, swim, do sports and daydream!

42 History Bunkers, mills and maritime history, the island of Voorne-Putten has a rich collection of museums.

52 A conversation with Igor Kluin Open-air museum Hellevoetsluis.

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58 Out and about

90 Nature

With the wind blowing through your hair, on

Stroll through forest and dunes. Eye to eye

bike or in your hiking boots.

66 A conversation with Maarten den Bakker Cycling fan.

72 The best activities Do you want to go to the city or do you prefer to be locked up on Voorne-Putten?

with a large grazer of quietly enjoy an gaze from the bird watching hut, it is possible on Voorne-Putten.

96 A conversation with Mirjam Eikelenboom Forest ranger down to her bones.

102 Cycle route

80 Activities for kids Endless pleasure.

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MUNICIPALITIES ON VOORNE-PUTTEN

Brielle

The city on Lake Briel exudes memories of a distant past. The city has received kings and queens in its rich history and counted sea admirals, writers, poets and martyrs among its residents. The old fortressed city and most famous pilgrimage site of South Holland tells, through the more than 300 monuments, the story of the Libertatis Primitiae, “first fruits of freedom”. On April 1, 1572, the city was taken by the Watergeuzen and took its important place in every history

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book regarding the Eighty Years’ War. The ramparts with its bastions and ravelins still offer protection against the outside world and a safe haven for the many churches and treasures of Brielle.


A day trip in Brielle Brielle is a beautiful fortress town with over 400 monuments and a rich history, so there’s always something to see. The area surrounding Brielle also has a lot to offer. Brielle is located by the Brielse Meer, which offers a lot of options for recreation on and by the water. But you should also consider cycling east along the water. Enjoy the view of all the water sports enthusiasts on the water, and stop at the Vrijheidsbos, where trees have been planted to commemorate special events. Read the poems with each tree and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.

Nearby, in Vierpolders, you can take a walk on the ‘Blotenvoetenpad’ in the fruit tree orchard of the Klok family. Experience the feeling of nature beneath your feet, and then enjoy a cup of coffee with a treat. A little further on, you can visit the fishing village Zwartewaal, with its ‘Visserijmuseum’ in the harbour. In this museum, you will learn everything there is to know about the history of fishing in Zwartewaal. Ride your bicycle through the authentic polder landscape to Vierpolders and back to Brielle.

After your outing, treat yourself to

Would you like to stay a little longer?

a delicious meal at one of the high

Book a pitch at camping site De Krab-

quality restaurants in the centre

beplaat next to the Brielse Meer, or at

of Brielle, and end your day with

camping site De Meeuw.

an impressive performance at the BREStheater in Brielle or listen to one of the ‘Summer night concerts’

www.beleefbrielle.nl

on the carillon, at the Catharijnekerk.

www.brielle2022.nl

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MUNICIPALITIES ON VOORNE-PUTTEN

Nissewaard Nature reserves, beautiful polders, ancient rivers,

medieval towns, rural villages, architecture, theatre, going out and shopping. Whoever makes a trip through Nissewaard will certainly be surprised. On the one hand, the urban Spijkenisse with direct connection to the big city and, on the other, the rural areas with picturesque medieval towns Geervliet, Heenvliet and the villages of Zuidland, Abbenbroek, Simonshaven, Hekelingen and Oudenhoorn. All these villages are located in the vicinity of the Bernisse, an ancient river that was an important shipping route between Holland and Flanders in the early Middle Ages. Nowadays, the Bernisse is a beautiful recreational area with walking and cycling paths and

Spijkenisse, green city

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playing fields. Beningerslikken, located on the tidal river Het Spui, is a nature reserve where bird lovers can indulge. Various cosy restaurants are located throughout the area.


A day trip in Nissewaard

Once you have explored the beautiful natural area, we recommend you ride on to

Spijkenisse is surrounded by nature. If you’re staying in the

the quaint medieval towns of

city, you just need to spend a few minutes on your bicycle to

Geervliet and Heenvliet. On

get to a beautiful natural area. Visit Spijkenisse, rent a bicycle

your way back, you can take

and ride through the polder landscape to the recreational area

a moment to recharge in the

in Bernisse. While riding, you can admire the vines of Wine

historical RTM tram station at

Estate De Vier Ambachten and visit the vineyard on your way

the Groene Kruisweg, where

to the electric boat ‘Bernisse’, and admire the gorgeous nature

you’ll find a lovely café with a

of the recreational area from the water. If you’d rather get

spacious restaurant.

active, go ahead and rent a canoe or go SUP-boarding and enjoy the water. Are you out with your kids? Make sure to take them to natural playground ‘Beverbos’.

After an energetic day, the ideal way to spend the evening is with an energetic game of bowling. Go to Party & Bowlingcentrum Spijkenisse, where the employees will welcome you with hospitality and enthusiasm. The perfect way to end your day. Strike!

Tip! After your game of bowling, come to hotel Atlas and enjoy an unforgettable stay with every comfort.

Bring your VP pass and enjoy excellent discounts on your cycling trip!

www.eropuitnissewaard.nl

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Fortified city of Brielle more than history!

The firstling of liberty... that is the fortified city of Brielle. Each year on 1 April, Brielle celebrates its liberation from the Spaniards in 1572, when the Sea Beggars chased away the Spaniards. Of course, this fortified city has a lot more to offer: historic buildings, shops, galleries, restaurants, hotels, pavement cafĂŠs, camping sites, museums and a harbour with a direct 10

connection to the nearby lake, the Brielse Meer. In the immediate vicinity you can go on wonderful walking or cycling tours. In short, there is always plenty to do.

www.beleefbrielle.nl


Er Op Uit Nissewaard

Maak mooie herinneringen www.eropuitnissewaard.nl


MUNICIPALITIES ON VOORNE-PUTTEN

Hellevoetsluis

The beautiful location of the vast Haringvliet has played an important role in the course of history for Hellevoetsluis. Not for nothing that it is the “Fortress City on the Haringvliet�. The Fortress, with its ports and defenses, is home to a rich wealth of history. The water and Hellevoetsluis are traditionally connected. Thanks to its favourable and strategic location on the Haringvliet, Hellevoetsluis became a home base for the Dutch war fleet in the early 17th century. A port that later became more and more reinforced, creating the unique combination of a fortressed city and a war port. Admirals such as de Ruyter, Tromp and Piet Hein have had their home port here.

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A day trip in Hellevoetsluis

Do you prefer looking for clues and can you find the way out within one hour? Visit Escaperoom The Cube at shopping centre De Struytse Hoeck, enter one of the mysterious rooms and look for clues to escape. Afterwards, celebrate your successful escape by having a delicious meal in one of the many high quality restaurants in the cosy centre of Hellevoetsluis.

Do you want to go on an adventure like a real naval hero? Then you can Aside from the rich maritime heritage, the

rent a dinghy or sailing boat in one

fortress town Hellevoetsluis has count-

of the harbours, and explore the

less other interesting things to offer, only

Haringvliet. End your day with a

a bicycle ride away! As a first stop, visit

movie of your choice in the Tivoli

the historical theme park ‘Historyland’ and

Theatre, a cosy service cinema, and

travel back tens of millions of years, to

lose yourself in the story.

the age of the dinosaurs. Or to the last ice age, and encounter a life-sized mammoth, a cave bear or a sabre-toothed cat. Outside in the park you can also experience his-

Do you want to stay longer? Extend

tory, and climb into an MIG2 or a combat

your stay by spending the night in one

helicopter, or feel like a scientist when you

of the many holiday accommodations

go looking for real fossils.

in Hellevoetsluis.

www.bezoekhellevoetsluis.nl

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MUNICIPALITIES ON VOORNE-PUTTEN

Westvoorne Oostvoorne, Rockanje and Tinte together form the greenest municipality of Voorne-Putten. Oostvoorne, with its Jacoba Burcht, is a perfect base for wonderful cycling and walking tours or a discovery tour by horse through the green forests. Tinte is in one beautiful polder landscape. Every year there is a big Summer party with children’s activities, street theater and music. The village even has two museums. Westvoorne, part of the Southwestern Delta, has been awarded as the best sustainable nature destination in the world due to its unspoilt, liveable nature, enormous biodiversity and sustainable tourism.

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800 years Rockanje; Celebration on 29 June 2020, the official birthday Rockanje, see you on 29 June 2021!


A day trip in Westvoorne

Then move on to De Stenen Baak, at the Brielse Meer. De Stenen Baak was the first lighthouse in the Netherlands that was made of stone; it was made to replace the previous lighthouses that were made of wood, which burned down. Inside, you can take a look at the informative presentation by ‘Historical museum Den Briel’, of which De Stenen Baak is a branch location, and if the weather is good you can climb up to the roof and enjoy the stunning view.

In Westvoorne you can enjoy gorgeous nature, the beautiful North Sea beach, and multiple excellent museums. Pay a visit to ‘De duinhuisjes’ and learn about life in dune farms between 1900-1930. Or visit the town Tinte and have a cup of coffee at the ‘Koffieleut’ museum, and admire their old coffee grinders, coffee pots and agricultural tools.

After a nice day trip, you can go back to Westvoorne for a nice meal at one of the excellent restaurants in Rockanje and Oostvoorne, and then take a beautiful walk through the dunes or on the beach, and enjoy the sunset at one of the beach pavilions.

If you don’t want to say goodbye to the beach yet, you can spend a night at Rockanje beach in the Badhotel, and in Oostvoorne at Hotel van Marion.

www.natuurlijkwestvoorne.nl

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Genieten van het water

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Oostvoorne | Rockanje | Tinte

There is always something happening in Westvoorne

Westvoorne is known as the garden of the region. In Oostvoorne, Rockanje and Tinte it is beautiful living and recreation. Enjoy Rockanje on the beach, sport on and around the Oostvoornse Meer. Take a walk or bike ride in the beautiful nature reserve. More than a million tourists and holidaymakers visit our coastal region every year.

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BEACHES

Voorne-Putten has 15 kilometres of special coastline. Experience the enormous space and taste the salty sea air. Enjoy stepping onto the sand of the only south facing beach in the Netherlands or above it hanging on the kite. Ride on the beach with your horse and stay and watch the amazing sunset. Voorne-Putten has something for everyone who loves the beach.

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BEACHES

Rockanje Beach Rockanje beach, the country’s only south facing beach, is totally geared to bathing guests. Due to its unique position, the beach is a true paradise for sunbathers. Whether you just want to enjoy the sun or be active on the water, Badstrand Rockanje has everything you need. The beach slopes very gradually towards the sea and the sandbanks off the coast prevent waves from disrupting your swimming. The beach is therefore ideal for children who can safely play at the water’s edge. At the beach you can do kite surfing, paddle boarding, long boarding, beach yoga and various beach games. You can also have something to eat and drink at one of the beach pavilions. Rockanje beach is accessible via the first and the second entrance. To the north of the Badstrand, there is nudist beach. Every year, Badstrand Rockanje receives the highest award for its very clean beaches and has been awarded the Blue Flag.

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Gillian and Dennis have a tip: ‘Aside from mountain biking, we both love to go running in natural areas, and we love the dunes and the beach. As soon as the water temperature of the sea is a little more pleasant again, Gillian goes swimming with a friend nearly every day during the summer. We swim from the beach of Rockanje all the way to the first buoy and back again, it’s perfectly refreshing.’


Anne and Gerda have a tip:

Oostvoorne Beach Nature lovers will prefer Oostvoorne beach. This beach offers

peace and space. New dunes are constantly developing here and the unspoiled natural beach is very popular among walkers, horse

‘Spending time at the seaside, on the beach, makes you feel good and at peace, and the more time you spend there, the more you can feel your worries slipping away, so you can let things go. Aside from that, Rockanje beach is so beautiful and unique, and because it’s in the south you can walk for many miles.’

riders and kite surfers.

Maasvlakte Beach

The coastline of Voorne-Putten has grown since the expansion of the Maasvlakte. Maasvlakte 2 directly links up with the current Maasvlakte. The Slufterstrand has therefore largely disappeared. Due to the popularity of the Slufterstrand, it was decided to restore the lost beach during the construction of Maasvlakte 2. The coastal area past Maasvlakte 2 is not a beach with a boulevard and lots of cafes and restaurants. This would not reflect the function of the land reclamation as a port and industrial area. However, it is somewhere where people can enjoy sun, sea, beach, wind and tranquillity. The Maasvlakte beach is mainly known for its ideal conditions for surfers and kiters.

Blue flag The beaches on Voorne-Putten are clean and safe and are awarded annually with the international Blue Flag award.

Kiters have their own extended section of beach at their disposal. Infrastructure and sufficient parking ensure good accessibility by car and bicycle.

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GoereeOverflakkee On Goeree-Overflakkee, there is something special for everyone. Do you want to go on a day trip or a weekend away, or are you looking for a nice holiday address? The neighbouring island is the place to be!

The island offers undisturbed natural areas, long and wide beaches, cosy villages and harbours, high quality restaurants and beach pavilions and countless accommodations. There are also a lot of options if you like sports. Prefer to take it easy? It’s also the perfect place to rest. 22

For people who value space

Goeree-Overflakkee offers space. A thing that is very important in these times. The island has vast polder areas, nature reserves and dunes. On the wide North Sea beach, many kilometres long, you can enjoy the beautiful sunset. There’s a hip beach pavilion near each of the 20 beach pathways. And a nice bonus: there’s free parking everywhere!

For thrill seekers Do you like getting active? On the beaches of Ouddorp and the Brouwersdam you can come blokarting, kiting or kite-buggying. Do you prefer to be on or in the water? Try the waterjump. Or participate in a


windsurfing, kitesurfing, golf surfing or foil surfing clinic. You can get private lessons, but you can also get lessons for the whole family, for example. How fun is that? Do you prefer taking things easy? You can also go SUP-boarding, watch others surfing, play some beach volleyball or participate in a beach yoga lesson.

For people who love the outdoors Nothing beats spending time outdoors. Go hiking or cycling through the polder landscape, dunes, nature reserves and cosy villages. There is an extensive network of hiking and cycling routes, and there are also countless themed routes. Ride or walk the tulip route during the spring, or choose one of the heritage routes, the mbtc-route or the best of nature cycling route. During the summer, you can combine your bicycle ride with a trip on one of the ferries across the Haringvliet, the Grevelingen or the VolkerakZoommeer.

For nature lovers Head out into nature; by yourself or with a forest ranger. Join an evening excursion to the Slikken van Flakkee and go looking for deer, fjord horses, heck

cattle or seals. Take a walk across the Kabbelaarsbank under the full moon or go on a seal-watching walk over the Grevelingen. Take a walk by yourself to one of the two wild arenas on the Slikken or take a hike through the Kwade Hoek. Go bird watching at the bird boulevard in Hellegatsplaten and bird observatory TIJ in Stellendam. You may even spot a European Sea Eagle, a spoonbill or a sandwich tern. If you come to Goeree-Overflakkee in the winter, you might even be lucky enough to see wild flamingos at Battenoord.

Early birds and late risers You can’t discover all of Goeree-Overflakkee in just one day! Whether you would like to stay near the coast, in one of the vibrant towns or close to nature, there is something for everyone. There are plenty of family camping sites, camper spaces, holiday parks, luxury holiday homes, hotels, beach lodges and countless B&B’s. For a complete overview of activities, events, attractions, excursions, routes and accommodations, please check www.visitgo.nl

Inspiration and more information Have we made you curious? Make sure to visit the VVV Inspiration Point in Ouddorp. Here you can find out more about what makes Goeree-Overflakkee so fun. The employees will be happy to give you more information about the island and everything there is to do and experience here. You can find the Inspiration Point at Bosweg 2 in Ouddorp.

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ON AND BY THE WATER Aside from the amazing North Sea beaches, Voorne-Putten has many other beautiful waterways where you can relax, swim, do sports and daydream!

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ON AND BY THE WATER

Oostvoornse meer

In a beautiful location, between the Brielse Meer and the North Sea, you will find the Oostvoornse Meer. A recreational area close to the harbour of Rotterdam. If you look out from the north side of the lake, you will be able to see the ‘Green Beach’, and from the other side you can see the cranes of the Maasvlakte. Because of this, it’s a somewhat surreal place where people, plants and animals will feel at home. There are a lot of options for recreation here, with amazing beaches, various options for paddleboarding, surfing and being under water. There are a lot of facilities for underwater diving. There are a lot of shipwrecks to see, and sometimes even new ones are discovered. A lot of props have been sunk especially for divers. A few famous examples are the underwater (Volkswagen) Beetle and tunnel of 46 metres. Around the lake you will find a few nice catering places, with very good terraces. There are various locations to get your gear so you can get on or in the water.

Kitesurfen

The popular and fantastic water sport of kite surfing just keeps on growing and growing. It has become the most popular activity on the North Sea beach. The sport, a combination of kiting and surfing, is easy to learn and has become increasingly safe in recent years. Depending on the wind, the water off the beaches at Rockanje, Oostvoorne or Maasvlakte is perfect for kite surfing. You can also take lessons. The certified teachers will make sure you master kite surfing quickly and safely. Not sure you fancy the high speeds and big leaps of kite surfing? You can still enjoy watching the spectacle of numerous kites ‘dancing’ on the wind. www.learnkiteboardingnow.com

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In and around the Brielse Meer Will has a tip: ‘During my free time, I love to go kite-surfing on the beach of Oostvoorne, but I also like to go to the Slufterstrand beach on the Maasvlakte, which is perfect for hydrofoiling. But the Oostvoornse Meer is also perfect for kite-surfing, and next to the Brunotti Beachclub there is a large surfing store where I always buy my gear.’

Meerkoetisland Always wanted to visit a desert island? If so, head for the ‘t Meerkoetjes play island in Brielle lake and go looking for secret spots! You can get nice and dirty here, and if you fall off the barge, you can just swim to the side. The pump on the other bank even lets you pump your own water to set other parts of the water play device in motion. You’ll find the water playground at Staaldiepseweg in Brielle. Follow the sign to ‘zwemlocatie’. www.nederlandsezwembaden.nl

Waterfun At the De Krabbeplaat campsite, waterlovers will be in their element. On the campsite and around, you’ll find everything you need in a perfect setting that is both green and rich in water. With the beautiful fortified town of Brielle just around the corner, you have everything you need for a relaxing holiday at this pleasant family campsite. www.krabbeplaat.nl

Boatrental A pleasant day at the Lake Brielle is best experienced with a rented sloop van from Geijsman or from of van Watersportcentrum. You can skipper the sloop yourself, a sailing license is not necessary, familiarity with boating and the water is enough to have a wonderful day. www.geijsman-watersport.nl www.watersportcentrumbrielle.nl

Brielse meer

The recreational area Brielse Meer of over 10 kilometres long is a green oasis between the island of Voorne on the south side and the harbour of Rotterdam on the north side. People who play water sports will be thrilled by the countless possibilities, like swimming, water cycling, water skiing, sport fishing or just paddling. There is a beautiful cycling path around the lake, which will take you past many beaches, harbours, playing areas and catering places. With the ferry Geuzenveer you can cross the Brielse Meer on foot or with your bicycle.

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ON AND BY THE WATER

Marina Hellevoetsluis has six fantastic harbours with a total of about two thousand berths. They provide a perfect base for watersports enthusiasts who love the wide open water of the Haringvliet and the sea. From Hellevoetsluis you can sail deeper into the Zeeland Delta and South Holland, either along the waterways or by sea. The marinas in Heliushaven are located close to a beautiful nature reserve and the historic fortress and have an open

Haringvliet

connection with the Haringvliet. The

The Haringvliet is a former bay between Voorne-Putten, the Hoeksche

www.jachthavenhellevoetsluis.nl

Waard and Goeree-Overflakkee. At the end of 2018 the sluice doors of the

www.marina-capehelius.nl

marinas in the canal are a stone’s throw away from the shopping centre.

Haringvlietdam were gradually put ajar. This was done so that fishes, like the salmon and the sturgeon can migrate between sea and river again. Boardwalks, natural playgrounds, lookouts and a bird spotting dome ensure that everyone can enjoy the unique nature around the Haringvliet. This area is ideal for cycling, hiking, boatrenting, fishing or playing and splashing at the Quackstrand beach in Hellevoetsluis. www.happyboats.nl

Bernisse

Linquenda

The Bernisse is a stretched natural area on the west side of Spijkenisse. The

The Linquenda || is a klipperaak and

river is 8 kilometres long and offers a lot of options for water recreation.

was built in 1914. The klipperaak is a

Motorised vehicles are not allowed, so rowers, canoers and swimmers can

Dutch inland-sailing vessel. The ship

do their thing in peace. You can go to Simonshaven to rent a luxury boat,

transports walkers and cyclists from

fishing boat, kayak, water cycle and paddle board. You can enjoy being on

Middelharnis, Stellendam and Tienge-

the water, but you can also have a nice time on dry land, on the beaches

meten in the summer months. On these

of Abbenbroek and Simonshaven. Close to the Stompaardse Plas there is a

trips on the Haringvliet, there’s no

new natural playground at the Stompaardsedijk in Simonshaven. The climb-

sailing but the sailing ship functions as

ing props of natural playground Beverbos are made of natural materials,

a motorboat.

there are mud paths, a swinging course, strips of forest, scaffoldings and a

www.gezelligzeilen.nl

raft for kids to sail on.

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Bodysliding off the waterjump Brouwersdam’s most spectacular attraction is the Water Jump. This ‘ski jump’ nearly 8 metres high with two separate slides is located on the banks of the Grevelingen lake, right next to the terrace of Brouwersdam Sale & Surf Centre. For those who dare, diving off the Water Jump offers a sensational and refreshing leap into the Grevelingen lake.

Land sailing and kite buggies Popular beach sports on the North Sea Beach include power kiting, land yachting and kite buggying. Land

Brouwersdam

yachting involves sitting in a vehicle propelled by a sail. In a kite buggy, it is not a sail but a kite that pulls the vehicle along. Land yachting and kite buggying are

A few kilometres from Voorne-Putten lies Brouwers-

suitable for young and old. Land yachting is easy to

dam. On the seaward side of Brouwersdam is the North

learn; lying down, just above the ground, you steer the

Sea Beach, where there is always something to do.

land yacht and tear across the beach. To operate a kite

The North Sea Beach is one of the Netherlands’ widest

buggy, you first need to learn to control the power kite,

and longest beaches. The sand, the sun, the sea and of

after which you move on to the buggy. The long, wide

course the wind create an environment that that makes

beach makes Brouwersdam an ideal location for these

you want to get out there and get active; you can play

beach sports.

with the natural elements to your heart’s content.

Kabbelaarsbank

“Kabbelaarsbank” is the ‘inside’ of Brouwersdam on the Grevelingen lake and has long been a much-loved spot by windsurfing and sailing enthusiasts – with good reason! Europe’s largest saltwater lake offers ideal conditions for an active and relaxed day in, on and by the water: the most annual sunshine in the Netherlands, beautiful nature and, of course, the wind.

Swimming pools Besides plenty of opportunities to swim in nature, Voorne-Putten also has various swimming pools; swimming isn’t just fun, it’s also very healthy. In the swimming pools on Voorne-Putten, you can enjoy recreational swimming, sit in a lovely hot tub or swim lengths in one of the competition pools. Bernissebad Heenvliet www.bernissebad.nl De Dukdalf Brielle www.dukdalfbrielle.nl De Eendraght Hellevoetsluis www.eendraght.nl

All rental addresses on Voorne-Putten can be found on opvoorneputten.nl

Rivierabad Spijkenisse www.optisport.nl/rivierabad.nl De Meander Oostvoorne www.westvoorne.nl/accomodaties/zwembad_43485 ‘t Molengors Zuidland www.zwembadmolengors.nl

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Marina Cape Helius De jachthaven in Hellevoetsluis Zeesluis Stellendam

Noordzee

Strand Rockanje

Bos en Duinen Oostvoorne

HARINGVLIET “Zoet water zonder muggen”

Historie, Musea en Droogdok JAN BLANKEN

MARINA CAPE HELIUS Strand HELLEVOETSLUIS

“Veel te zien en te beleven”

Uitgebreide horeca

“Geweldig voor The Kids”

Marina Cape Helius, Nieuwe zeedijk 1, Hellevoetsluis E. havenkantoor@marina-capehelius.nl w. marina-capehelius.nl T. 0031(0)181-310056

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5 REASONS TO VISIT THE

Hoeksche Waard! 5 reasons to visit the Hoeksche Waard! Meandering rivers and dikes on the shores have been typical for the Zuid-Holland Delta for centuries. The islands in between have a lot of similarities, but each island is unique. The Hoeksche Waard, located on the other side of the Spui, is one of these islands. A place that has a lot more to offer than just the rest and space that people immediately associate with it. We will give you five good reasons to visit this amazing place!

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Fun ferry crossings

The Heinenoordtunnel is by far the most commonly used route to reach the Hoeksche Waard. But there is a more fun way than over the asphalt of the A29. At Hekelingen, you can cross to Nieuw-Beijerland within a few minutes. At Oud-Beijerland, Puttershoek, Strijensas and Numansdorp, to name just a few places, the so-called Delta ferries provide crossing to the surrounding islands or the mainland. The wind in your hair, the splashing water, the calls of the birds ‌ It’s a dream come true! The ferry routes connect perfectly to beautiful cycling and hiking routes. Particularly the ferry from Tiengemeten will bring you to a beautiful part of the Hoeksche Waard!


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Hundreds of kilometres of hiking and cycling routes

The best way to experience the Hoeksche Waard is on foot or on your bicycle. The network of hiking routes is no less than 470 kilometres in total, with 100 kilometres over unpaved roads and 40 kilometres over farm land. The various clearly indicated cycling routes will take you past beautiful nature reserves, historical dike villages and special picnic spaces with a beautiful view (and sometimes with artwork). But it’s not strictly necessary to bring your own food and beverages. If you prefer being served, there are plenty of cosy terraces along the way.

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Cosy village centres with fun stores

There are 14 villages and 37 hamlets in the Hoeksche Waard, all unique pieces of the Netherlands. Surrounded by nature and water, you will find many cosy village centres of various sizes. There are fun shopping opportunities all over the island. Strijen, ’s-Gravendeel, Puttershoek, NieuwBeijerland and Numansdorp, for example, each offer their own mix of fun stores and hospitable cafés. As the biggest village of the Hoeksche Waard, Oud-Beijerland also has the largest shopping centre. Perfect for a nice afternoon of shopping.

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the eyes. And still, there are a lot of farmers at work on the island. What’s more, since it is an important food source for the Randstad, there are continuous agricultural developments in the Hoeksche Waard flink. Sustainable, innovative agricultural is everywhere. Usually surrounded by beautiful blooming field margins. This is also typical for the Hoeksche Waards. And you can buy all these delicious products from the cold clay directly from the farmers, in one of the many farm stores. We can only recommend it!

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Always something to do!

SUP-boarding on the Binnenmaas? Want to get your own vegetables or flowers directly from the field? Or would you rather visit an interesting exhibition in Museum Hoeksche Waard? There’s always plenty to do in de Hoeksche Waard. Such as fun events like the Party Week in ’s-Gravendeel, the Horse Market in Numansdorp, the Bram Roza Festival on the bunting in Nieuw-Beijerland and the Spuidagen in Oud-Beijerland. Or visit one of the special markets, like the Christmas market or a PUUR market with artisanal and seasonal products. The Hoeksche Waard is 313 km2 of unique experiences!

Agriculture 2.0

It appeals to the imagination. A rural landscape with historical mills and characteristic farmhouses. As one of the 20 National Landscapes of the Netherlands, the Hoeksche Waard is a feast for

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Città Romana in Hellevoetsluis vormt de ideale uitvalbasis voor een heerlijke vakantie, vlak aan zee. U verblijft in één van onze sfeervol ingerichte vakantiehuizen met gratis wireless internet, satelliet tv waaronder Canal digitaal. In de directe omgeving maakt u de mooiste wandel- en fietstochten. Liever wat meer spanning en sensatie? Dan behoren kitesurfen, waterskiën of zeevissen tot één van de sportieve mogelijkheden. Ook de gezellige vestingstadjes Brielle en Hellevoetsluis zijn een bezoek meer dan waard. De vesting van Hellevoetsluis huisvest o. a. bezienswaardigheden zoals Droogdok Jan Blanken, Museum schip de Buffel, de verdedigingswerken, lichtschip de Noordhinder en het brandweermuseum. Zierikzee, Rotterdam, Delft, Den Haag en Delta park Neeltje jans bereikt u binnen drie kwartier. En met een uurtje zijn ook de Efteling, Middelburg, Amsterdam of Utrecht dagtrips om aan te bevelen. Città Romana staat garant voor een ontspannen verblijf. Geniet bijvoorbeeld van een ontspanningsmassage in de massagestudio, een gezichtsbehandeling in de beautysalon of bezoek gratis de privésauna bij ons zwembad. Heeft u een keer geen zin om te koken? Restaurant & Evenementenlocatie Duinhoek op Citta Romana biedt een gevarieerde en betaalbare menukaart. U kunt genieten van het mooie uitzicht vanaf het terras aan het water of blijft u liever thuis? We bezorgen uw maaltijd met plezier aan huis.

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ON AND BY THE WATER

Cast out a fishing rod Voorne-Putten is known as one of the areas with the highest fish concentration in the Netherlands and is a paradise for anglers. From wreck fishing, fly fishing to belly boat fishing, from fishing in the polder, on a lake, a ditch or canal, these are all options on Voorne-Putten.

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Salt Voorne-Putten has a beautiful coastline where you can fish a plenty. When there is an onshore wind, the fish feed on sand eels and that can produce nice catches. And there are also beautiful fishing spots in the middle of the port area of Rotterdam Europoort. If you go fishing at the Oude Maas you can catch both salt and freshwater fish. The Haringvliet was already an attractive fishing area, but this has increased due to the opening of the Haringvliet locks. The Haringvliet will once again become the crucial gateway to the Rhine and Maas and migratory fish such as salmon and sturgeon can benefit from this.


Voorne-Putten is eldorado for fishing lovers. Fresh In the polders of Voorne-Putten, but also in the recreational areas Brielse Meer, Bernisse and Oostvoornse Meer, you can enjoy good fishing. You will find nice fishing spots with a wide variety of fish species. The Oostvoornse Meer, for example, is very suitable for fly fishermen. There are trout swimming there that have record dimensions due to the favourable living conditions. Lake Briel offers beautiful sheltered fishing spots along the shore, but the islands in the lake are also popular. The quality of the water of the Bernisse is very good and the quiet Bernisse therefore also has a nice stock of fish. If you are looking for a fishing challenge, then there’s the Spui, with its strong current. And the fishing spots around the fortifications of Brielle and Hellevoetsluis are of course also unique. In short, Voorne-Putten has plenty of fishing possibilities.

In order to fish on Voorne-Putten island, you need a fishing permit or pass. For more information about the fishing areas and the permits: www.onsgenoegen.nl www.hsvhetvoornsekanaal.nl www.mijnhengelsportvereniging.nl www.hvdewatergeus.nl www.zeenaald.nl www.sportvisserijnederland.nl/vispas www.cittaromana.com/vissen www.snoekbaarsbootverhuur.nl/nl/poortvanzeeland St Ste te te Steendijkpolder

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Come and enjoy Midicamping van der Burgh In the polder area between Rockanje and Hellevoetsluis, you will find this medium-sized family camping site. It’s not a holiday park, but a perfect place for short-stay camping. The comfort pitches with private sanitary facilities enhance the sense of vacation. The ultimate place for children and families with dogs. Go for a free pony ride, play in the playground and visit the deer park. See you at the Midicamping! www.midicamping.nl

Camping Gorshoeve Be yourself, feel at home and complete your vacation the way you want! We are happy to offer you a nice, quiet place on our campsite or rent out one of our special accommodations. With great pleasure we have given our chalets, mobile homes and log cabins their own character. Everyone is different and so are our accommodations. We wish you a warm welcome to Camping Gorshoeve, Kamplaan 4-6, 3233 XD, Oostvoorne Reservations can be made via our website www.camping-gorshoeve.nl

Wine domain the Four Crafts

Domain de Vier Ambachten (Four Crafts) is the largest vineyard in South Holland. The domain is also a wedding location and a farm. There are many grape varieties, apple varieties and fig species. We produce different red, white and rosĂŠ wines, sparkling wine, 3 types of port wines and very tasty cider. Come for a drink on the terrace, a tour, wine tasting or a themed evening such as Italian, French, German and BBQ. Or spend the night in a wine barrel or vineyard house, www.domein-de-vier-ambachten.nl Biertsedijk Oost 8, 3212LX Simonshaven 0639020114, info@domein-de-vier-ambachten.nl 41


HISTORY Bunkers, mills, ships, maritime history, the island of Voorne-Putten has a rich collection of museums. From the rural Stenen Baak to the impressive Historical Museum Den Briel, where you can step right into the Eighty Years’ War. Water rats and sprayers are also in their element in the Jan Blanken Dry Dock and the National Fire Museum in Hellevoetsluis.

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Musea historical heritage ’t Vliegend Hert Windmill Brielle’s post mill has an unusual history. During restoration work on the Brielle fortifications in 1973, two large lumps of stone were found. These turned out to be the old foundations of the post mill which stood here in the 17th century. This prompted the establishment of the ‘t Vliegend Hert foundation, which eventually rebuilt the windmill in 1985. A special feature of the windmill are its three lofts, the central milling loft, the top stone loft and the bottom loft, known as ‘hell’. The mill operates and is open to visitors every Friday (and Saturday, subject to confirmation) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The windmill offers wonderful views of the surrounding city walls and the city. Beside the windmill, in ‘De Molenschuur’, mill products are for sale. www.vliegendhert.org

Dames Mak Greengrocer’s

Fishing Museum The presentation on the first floor of the national monument, a net warehouse in Zwartewaal, tells about the

Everybody in Spijkenisse knew the old greengrocer’s run by the

history of Zwartewaal’s fishery. The historic building is

Mak sisters. Spinsters Annetje and Klaasje Mak ran the shop until

at the head of the harbour and a sailmaker used to be

1986. The nostalgic little shop and house were left behind and

located next to the warehouse. Using historical objects,

were completely restored in 2010 to their condition of 1918. The

interactive elements, films, audio and texts, the visitor

façade now even features the original round window.

is immersed in the world of fishing vessels, river fish-

www.groentewinkelmak.nl

ing, related professions, life on board, and more. On the ground floor there is the gallery space Art in Progress by Kunstkring Voorne. www.historischmuseumdenbriel.nl/nl/bezoek-brielle-enomgeving/visserijmuseum

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Pilgrimage Church

The pilgrimage church Martelaren van Gorcum is a pilgrimage site in Brielle which is entirely devoted to the Martyrs of Gorcum. The story of the Martyrs of Gorcum goes back to the revolt against Spain. When the sea beggars’ fleet captured Gorcum in June 1572, a group of priests were taken prisoner. For nearly two weeks, they were tortured, baited and tempted to renounce their faith. Behind the church, at the site of the former peat barn, is the martyrs’ field where the martyrs lost their lives. The annual pilgrimage day in July still attracts people from all over the country. In the months of July and August, the church is open every afternoon from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m www.martelarenvangorcum.nl

You can’t sit still with so much to do

The National Fire Department Museum The national fire department museum in Hellevoetsluis is the palpitating heart of the history of the fire department museum. Besides all the many objects and articles that have been preserved, the museum shows the development of the fire department over all the centuries. The biggest attraction of course, Is the fantastic collection of old fire engines, from hand sprays to high pressure mist sprays. www.nationaalbrandweermuseum.nl

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St. Catharine’s Church When driving towards Brielle, the 60-metre tall tower of St. Catherine’s Church is visible from afar – so it’s quite something to consider that it was originally intended to be twice as tall! In 1575, stadholder William of Orange­ married his third wife Charlotte de Bourbon in St. Catherine’s Church, by way of thanks for the liberation of Brielle by the sea beggars on 1 April 1572. A stainedglass window in the church commemorates the event. From this tower, Mary Stuart waved off her husband, stadholder William III, on 11 November 1688. Stadholder William III left for England with a large military retinue intent on defeating the king of England, in which aim he was successful, and in the year 1689, he was crowned king of the Netherlands.If you would like to enjoy the view from the tower yourself, you can do so in the summer months. www.catharijnekerk.nl

Kruithuis, Courtine and Bastion V The fortress walls of Brielle boast various bastions, ravelins and bulwarks. The centuries-old Kruithuis (powder house), by Bastion No. 2, houses a permanent exhibition about the history of the April 1st celebrations in Brielle. The exhibition relates how the population of Brielle has commemorated the capture of the city by the sea beggars on 1 April 1572 over the years. Bastion No. 5 has an exhibition about Brielle during the ‘French period’. www.1aprilvereniging.nl, www.levedevestingbrielle.nl 46


R.T.M Ouddorp From the year 1898 to the 60s of the last Century, steam trams ran from the Rotterdam Tramway Company between Rotterdam and the South Holland islands. The museum shows the tram equipment that ran on these tram lines. A ride through the dunes of Ouddorp and over the Brouwersdam is also possible. The timetable can be found on the website of the museum. www.rtm-ouddorp.nl

Stenen Baak

(Oostvoorne-Brielle) The Stenen Baak was built in four months in 1630. The Stenen Baak was the first stone lighthouse of the Netherlands; it replaced wooden lighthouses that had burned down. In the 18th and 19th century the lighthouse got a military function in the defences of Brielle. Since 2004, the former lighthouse has been renovated and opened to the public. If the weather is good the roof is accessible, and you can enjoy a beautiful view. www.historischmuseumdenbriel/bezoek-brielle-en-omgeving/ stenen-baak

Hellevoetsluis Lighthouse The lighthouse, dating from 1882, is still used for shipping. The lighthouse provides a magnificent view over the Haringvliet and the harbour of Hellevoetsluis. This Hellevoet lighthouse is open to the public every last Sunday during the months of May through August from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

De Hoop Corn Mill In 1697 there was a wooden post mill on the place where the dry dock is now. This mill had to make way for the dry dock at the end of the 18th century. The stone tower mill “De Hoop” was built in 1801. The flour carts could drive under the sack hoist for loading and unloading. During the restoration in 1961-1962 this passageway was restored. In 1995 a visitor centre was opened in the second attic and the public is welcome in the months of July and August on Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. and on certain special days. www.molendehoophellevoetsluis.nl 47


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Biberbunker Hidden in the dunes of Oostvoorne there is a remnant from World War ll. The people of the area call it the Biberbunker, a huge concrete clossus built with three metres thick walls. The bunker and Stelling, which can be found, tell a unique piece of history. The Funktstelle Vermittlung is also opend for visitors, and you can look at the Flak 37, an infamous anti-aircraft weapon. With these assets, the association shows even more of the unique history of what happened in the Oostvoorne

The Ravesteyn Ruin Heenvliet is home to the Ravesteyn ruin, one of very few build-

Dune. www.biberbunker.nl

tle was built around the middle of the 13th century and was part

AMS Bernisse

of a series of defensive works on the island of Voorne. The ruin is

The AMS Bernisse is a ship that evokes the aftermath

surrounded by a moat. Within this well-preserved castle, there are

of the Second World War, having been constructed just

still quite a few features of medieval architecture to be seen. The

after the war in Belgium. As part of the Marshall Aid

surrounding estate consists of various gardens. Every year on the

package, the ship cleaned up many mines off the coast.

estate, a sculpture garden is organised in which art is displayed

It is a particularly fine historic naval ship with a historic

around the ruin. www.beeldentuinravesteyn.nl

past. Reason enough to come tot he Koningskade in

ings from the Middle Ages in unaltered condition. The former cas-

Hellevoetsluis and see it or take a look around. www.msbernisse.nl

Lightschip 12 Noord Hinder The lightship 12 Noord Hinder was built in 1963 and served as a ‘landmark’ at various points in the North Sea until 1994. By then, the lightship had become surplus to requirements due to the modern navigation technology on board seagoing vessels. The Noord Hinder was the last lightship to serve at sea and was eventually replaced by a light buoy. A visit to this unique museum ship in Hellevoetsluis is very special and instructive. For children, it is also very adventurous. For example, they get to climb the light tower and visit the galley! www.noordhinder.nl 48


De Burcht van Voorne The burcht van Oostvoorne was founded between 1150 and 1250 by the nobels of Voorne. The fortress was built on a “motte”, a natural elevation in the landscape which was artificially raised. By building on top of a dune, people could defend themselves more easily from attackers and they also had an excellent view the Meuse delta and the surrounding land. At the start of the 15th century, the complex served as a country retreat for Jacoba van Beieren, so the surviving ruin is aptly called Jacoba Burcht. The ruin of the fortress can be visited free of charge. www.monumentenbezit.nl/jacobaburcht-oostvoorne

King, Emperor, Admiral! They all visited Voorne-Putten!

Eighty years’ War Historical Museum Den Briel The museum, which is located in the old city hall and the old city jail, is devoted to the Eighty Years’ War and particularly the date 1 April 1572. On that day, Brielle was captured by the ‘sea beggars’ for the Prince of Orange. Brielle was the “first to be liberated”. Objects, videoclips, stories, animations and games give the visitor a good picture of the events of that time. www.historischmuseumdenbriel.nl

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A CONVERSATION WITH

Igor Kluin

Open-air museum

Hellevoetsluis

When you enter the historic centre of Hellevoetsluis, you might not notice right away that you’re in a big open-air museum, but as soon as you start learning more about the history, you will notice it all around you. For nearly three centuries, Hellevoetsluis was one of the most important harbours of the Dutch navy. This year is the 400th anniversary of the harbour, a good reason for us to have a chat with Igor Kluin, chairman of Fortresse Holland.

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Fortresse Holland ‘With Fortresse Holland we want to show that the beautiful history of the historic centre of Hellevoetsluis is an experience that appeals to many people. We highlight the history of Hellevoetsluis and make it attractive, so that you can experience Hellevoetsluis as “open-air museum” with your family. As Fortresse Holland, we have started a collaboration with ram bow ship De Buffel, the Dry Dock Jan Blanken and the City Museum, but we will also start working together with other parties in the centre. Because we also have very beautiful defence structures, a nice lighthouse, a water tower, art objects and a mill. Hellevoetsluis is attractive in many ways, and we at Fortresse Holland have joined forces with many others.’

Hand in hand with history ‘People who visit Hellevoetsluis basically have to follow the red thread through history. We have a lot of gems in the historic centre, such as the wall of naval heroes and the veteran monument, and we want to link these two highlights with a nice tale of history, to complete the experience. For example, take a look at the harbour. Try to imagine what happened there in the 17th century. In the year 1667 the voyage to Chatham left from here during the second war between England and

the Netherlands, under the command of Admiral Michiel de Ruyter. That’s huge! Or that Piet Hein, who worked for the West Indian Trading Company, was docked here with the Spanish treasure fleet. It’s fascinating to try to imagine this. Sometimes this imagination needs some visual aids, which we can provide with Fortresse Holland.’

Visitor centre ‘The visitor centre at the Dry Dock Jan Blanken will be renovated at the start of 2022, to create a perfect visitor centre, which will be part museum. The City Museum will also be involved in the exhibition. Here you will be able to see what Hellevoetsluis has to offer, and there will also be a ‘19th century’ exhibition with information about Jan Blanken and a model of the Rijkswerf, from the Rijksmuseum. This way, we will be able to clearly highlight the timeline of the history of Hellevoetsluis, and the visitor centre will be the starting point for your visit to the historic centre.

“The dock and the Buffel are eyecatchers for all ages”

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A CONVERSATION WITH

Igor Kluin

created as a service harbour and a navy harbour, in order to maintain, store and supply the ships. Later on, the defence structures were built to protect the service harbour. Then people came to live here. In other fortress towns in the Netherlands it was the other way around, here the defence structures were built to protect the people. The town’s dry dock is very special. It was one of the biggest in Europe for a long time, and the old techniques still work today.’

A day in the “open-air museum” But Fortresse Holland, open-air museum of Hellevoetsluis, is already more the worthwhile! Within the context of the 400th anniversary of the harbour, we will have an indoor and an outdoor exhibition, so that you will get, in combination with the exhibition of the City Museum, a complete insight into the history of the historic centre.’

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‘We have the harbour, the defence structures and the bunkers, and you can end your day on the cosy town square, at one of the high quality cafés or restaurants. You can also choose to spend some time at the beach, and let your kids spend a fun time with the play equipment by Tip! For more information the Haringvliet. Hellevoetand all activities, check sluis is a fun day trip for the www.fortresseholland.nl whole family!’


Jan Blanken Dry Dock The Jan Blanken Dry Dock is the oldest surviving dry dock in the Netherlands and unique of its kind in terms of structure. The dry dock was built between 1798 and 1822 and is still in use for the maintenance of small vessels. Often these are historic ships. A visit to the dock is a unique experience for young and old, and takes you back in time to the era of the great naval heroes. The dry dock consists of two separate docks – Kieldok for minor maintenance and Timmerdok for major repairs and shipbuilding. A special feature is the ‘ship door’ that seals off the dock. The visitor centre has interactive displays which allow you to explore its history for yourself and to see, hear and read all about the dry dock and its architect. The tours are highly recommended – part of them involve walking through the historic tunnels, which could be flooded in order to quickly put out any fires in the dock. www.droogdok.nl

City Museum Hellevoetsluis The City Museum Hellevoetsluis is fully of historical information about Hellevoetsluis. The fixed exhibition shows the life, houses and work of the residents of the past and the present. The museum shows objects from agriculture, education and the glorious naval history. www.stadsmuseumhellevoetsluis.nl.

De Buffel Museum Ship Step aboard and go more than 145 years back in time. De Buffel was in service with the Royal Netherlands Navy in the period from 1896 to 1973 and is now on display at Koningskade in Hellevoetsluis. On board this museum ship, history is brought to life. There are puppet shows plus interactive games for the youngsters. You can see engines in operation, see what the ship look like when it was in service and experience its history through the film shown there. The tweendeck is the children’s domain. It has various different skill games to entertain and amaze the kids. www.debuffel.nl

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Out and about with the wind blowing through your hair, on bike or in your hiking boots. A new adventure beckons around every corner.

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OUT AND ABOUT

By foot

With the extensive walking junction network at VoornePutten you can plan your route and determine the distances yourself. The routes are not only about paved paths, but also half and unpaved paths and that makes it so much fun! Stroll through the woods, on sandy roads, dikes or explore the tall grass. While walking, you can enjoy the characteristic polder landscapes, sheep on the dike and the view over the lakes and beaches. Wear sturdy shoes, binoculars and a backpack and go by foot. We have made a selection from the large selection of hiking trails. Download the route at www.opvoorneputten.nl/watte-doen/wandelen and set off on an adventure! 60


Walk through history Brielle has a rich history and breathes memories of a distant past. You will find examples of this rich past at many places in the city centre. Beautiful facing bricks, plaques, and most especially the many listed buildings, have their own story. The Brielle guide group can tell you all about this but of course you can also go on your own. There are several city walks available at the Historisch Museum Den Briel. Opposite the museum is

Tip from Dennis: ‘Aside from running, I also love to go Mountainbiking around the Oostvoornse Meer, and I think the Brielse Meer is the real hidden gem of Voorne-Putten. You can go running, cycling and hiking around the Brielse Meer. It’s also ideal to rent a boat and spend the day on the water if the weather is nice.’

the statue of former queen Wilhelmina, the guide group departure point in high season. www.gidsengroepbrielle.nl

Naval heroes route In historic Hellevoetsluis you can follow in the footsteps of our naval hero Admiral Michiel de Ruyter by setting off with this naval hero. The historic city guide will take you on a voyage of discovery around the fortified harbour of Hellevoetsluis in search of the maritime past. Starting in 1602, the beginning of the Dutch East India Company period, the port of Hellevoetsluis was the most important Dutch naval port for hundreds of years. Piet Hein brought the Spanish treasure fleet he captured (Zilvervloot) to shore here and Admirals Michiel de Ruyter and Maarten Tromp set sail from this port, on their way to their battles on the high seas. www.bezoekhellevoetsluis.nl

By horse The wind through your hair, the salty air in your nose, on a cheerful, neighing horse, what else do you want? Horse riding enthusiasts can indulge themselves at Voorne-Putten. There are beautiful equestrian routes all over the island that lead through forests, polders, dunes and, of course, over the beach. The bridle paths have recently been refurbished in Westvoorne. This way you can make a route around the Oostvoorne lake of 11 kilometres. This beautiful route runs on paths, beach and horse tracks. The beaches are open to riders throughout the year. Only the bathing beach of Rockanje from 1 April to 1 October between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. is prohibited for horses. But you can also find beautiful equestrian routes along Lake Briel, the Bernisse recreation area and De Uitwaayer Spijkenisse nature and recreation areas. 61


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By bike If you take a bike ride on Voorne-Putten, you will be surprised by a varied landscape. You cycle through the polders where the cows follow you and the next bend suddenly brings you to a beautiful dune area where the silence of nature surrounds you. Nice bike paths along waterways, windmills, picturesque villages and the fortressed towns of Brielle or Hellevoetsluis, all within easy distance. You can also extend your biking route to the Maasvlakte or the Headland, where you can admire the huge sea container ships on the way to the port of Rotterdam! And does the other side beckon as well? Then take one of the ferries that cross the waterways around the island. You can discover it yourself with the themed cycle routes on Voorne-Putten. You can download the routes at www.opvoorneputten.nl/wat-te-doen/fietsen.

Mountain bikes For those who like to a bit of a workout, there are two special mountain bike routes on Voorne-Putten. One of these is a twelve kilometre route around Oostvoornse Lake, with a varied track through lovely dunes and woods with short climbs and specially extended single tracks. Mountain bikes can be rented from ’t Wapen van Marion, where there is a bicycle wash specially for the mountain bikers. In Uitwaayer recreation area at Spijkenisse, there is a thirteen kilometre route. This route is slightly flatter with specially built hills. In some places, you can really pick up speed, but the route also has a slightly more technical section. www.mtboostvoorne.nl www.mtbroutes.nl 62


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City Museum, on the ‘Ramtorenschip’ de Buffel and at Dry Dock Jan Blanken. Combined with the cozy catering industry and the fortress beach within walking distance, everyone is guaranteed a fun day out!

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A CONVERSATION WITH

Maarten den Bakker

Cycling fan Cycling is a popular sport on Voorne-Putten. We sat down to talk about this with someone who is a fan of cycling and of Voorne-Putten, ex professional cyclist Maarten den Bakker. Maarten was born and raised on Voorne-Putten. He was a professional cyclist from 1990 to 2009 and participated in the Tour de France nine times, became Dutch champion of professional cycling two times, and won the individual time trial in 2003. But of course he is ‘especially’ proud that he won the ‘Proftour van Oostvoorne’, because if you were born and raised here, you simply have to perform well here.

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It’s a pleasure to talk to Maarten, who talks about cycling on Voorne-Putten with a lot of passion, and who still cycles ‘around the island’ with his training buddies four or five times a week. His training buddies are also from the area, and they usually start off together in Zuidland. Among his cycling buddies, there are big names and talents such as Chantal Blaak, Fabio Jakobsen and Kevin Inkelaar. These are cyclists who are currently active as professionals, and who also like to cycle around the island after and intense early morning training.

Together with Joop Zoetemelk during the cycling round of Abbenbroek

Around the island ‘Cycling on Voorne-Putten is beautiful, and it really never gets boring,’ says Maarten, who must have cycled around the island thousands of times by now. ‘It’s amazing to cycle here, the variation of the beautiful dune landscape, the polder landscape and even the harbour and the industrial area, it never gets boring. It’s always interesting, because of the different seasons and the fact that you have to wear the right clothing during the summer and the winter.’ As a farmer’s son from Abbenbroek, he loves to ride through the polder landscape, which offers a lot of variation, because aside from horticulture, there is also a lot of land cultivation and agricultural livestock farming here. ‘During the summer season, when it’s a little more crowded on the cycle paths, cyclists can enjoy a nice ride through the polder landscape. If you’d like a longer ride, it’s lovely to ride in the direction of Zeeland, via Goeree-Overflakkee and the Brouwersdam.’

Cycling tours Cycling is very popular on Voorne-Putten, so a lot of popular cycling tours are organised here as well. For instance, the Stichting Wielerronde Oostvoorne is hoping to organise the 40th Wiellerronde van Oostvoorne in 2021. Maarten was 16 years old when he saw Joop Zoetemelk win the Wiellerronde van Oostvoorne in 1985. This tour is a true staple of the region, something that residents and cyclists look forward to all year. Maarten sees the Wielerronde Oostvoorne, as one big reunion, not just for the cyclists and former cyclists, but also for the spectators. ‘Super fun to be a part of, a beautiful track, a good atmosphere and high quality organisation,’ says Maarten. He also had the honour of ascending the

‘You can ride all the way around the island without encountering a single traffic light.’ podium a few times, and he participated in the professionals’ tour. A lot of big names have participated in this, and a lot of professional cyclists such as Mike Theunissen, Dylan van Baarle and Bauke Mollema have won a title. And of course the biggest and most prominent among them is Joop Zoetemelk, who participated several times, won once, and also fired the starting shot one time.

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Maarten den Bakker

individuals, provides cycling gear and accessories, and he is involved in various cycling events. In Abbenbroek he is part of the organisation committee of the Wielerronde van Abbenbroek. This tour doesn’t have a professional race, but it has a very nice atmosphere. There are various categories, such as the elite tour and the popular couple time trial. The couple time trial is something you do together with your buddy, like a grandpa and his grandchild, two pub buddies or ‘around the island’ cycling

‘The energy you put into cycling comes back to you tenfold.’

buddy. Experience has shown that participants can get very fanatical when their time is recorded with a transponder. The barriered track of eight kilometres runs through the village and through the polder landscape, and you have to ride it three times. And afterwards, you can process your disappointment or victory together with the villagers in a café, with something to eat and drink. Everyone is allowed to join, you don’t need to have a license with the cycling association. Aside from Abbenbroek, Zuidland also has an annual cycling tour. Maarten is a ‘cycling fan’, and at the end of our conversation he said that he would love to organise the Voorne-Putten Tour. We are already looking forward to it!

Cycling around the island On the attached map, you can see clearly how you can cycle all around the island of VoornePutten. Want to avoid all traffic lights? Then choose the path that runs under the Spijkenisserbrug, right alongside the water. Maarten’s route also runs along part of the Maasvlakte, and if you have time to stop, you can watch the kite surfers on the Slufterstrand. Of course there are plenty of terraces along the way, where you can treat yourself. The route is 90 kilometres in total.

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40 Proftour of Oostvoorne in 2021 th

‘No, it was never cancelled before,’ says chairman Bob Braber when we ask if the Proftour of Oostvoorne has ever been cancelled over the past 40 years. And then there was the coronavirus in 2020, the year that the 40th edition was supposed to take place. We sit down for a chat with the chairman and founder of this well-known and popular Tour, who hopes that ‘his’ tour can go ahead on 29 July, with everything as it’s supposed to be. As it has always been, with 15,000 spectators and a lot of famous national and international professional cyclists, who usually just completed the Tour de France. A nice atmosphere with music on the square, that every resident of Oostvoorne looks forward to. ‘It will also be the year I say goodbye as chairman of the board,’ says Bob Braber, who believes 40 years is long enough.

Joop Zoetemelk It all started in 1980 with Lex Nederlof from Oostvoorne, who started with the newbies and gave Bob

the idea to organise the Proftour in Oostvoorne. Just like the Proftour, Lex went on for many years, and was called the grandpa of the cycling team. It’s been 40 years since it started, and by now the Proftour in Oostvoorne has become a true staple. The most well-known and prominent professional cyclist who participated in the tour in Oostvoorne is still Joop Zoetemelk, and how great is it that it was Joop who won the very first Proftour in Oostvoorne.

From small to big Just one more short anecdote. In the year 2008, the Botlektunnel was flooded because of the bad weather, and a lot of cyclists who were on their way to Voorne-Putten had to take a detour to Oostvoorne. But the proftour started, the late-comers joined in and so it happened that the tour started with a small group and ended with a big group. We hope that 29 July will be a spectacular event, with an unforgettable anniversary tour. 69


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With many events and festivals all year round, there is always something going on on Voorne-Putten. www.opvoorneputten.nl/ uitagenda

Whisper boating on the water The whisper boat “De Bernisse” departs from De Loswal in Zuidland for cruises through unspoilt nature and across the water to Bernisse. The whisper boat is electrically powered and, due to its low draft, can sail through narrow creeks and canals where larger tour boats cannot enter. The whisper boat is in operation throughout the year and is equipped with a heater. On board the IJsvogel electric boat, you can sail from the historic De Leeuw van Putten pumping station in Spijkenisse to the wonderful polders that surround the town. Past the Mallebos woods and Vogelenzang park, you sail towards the wide open waters of Vierambachtenboezem. www.rondvaart.info

Winter sports and adventure

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Presentation training, Dance dance dance, yoga, singing, percussion, Aboriginal Art workshop and more. Plenty of options. You can find information from the CVDKS on www.cvdks.nl. You can also call 0181-652250 if you have any questions.

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exactly 60 minutes in which to escape the room by looking for

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hidden clues and solving puzzles. You will need to be creative, smart and clever, and everything depends on working together with your team! Escape Room The Cube is a fantastic day out that you’ll be talking about for years to come! www.escaperoomthecube.nl

Are you smarter than the casino? In Spijkenisse, you can try to beat the casino. The casino is right beside Theater de Stoep in the town centre. So you can walk straight out of a performance at the theatre to the roulette table. There are 140 gaming machines. If you visit The Jagger, you’ll see that they have thought of everything. They not only have the best gambling games, jackpots and original prizes, there’s much more than that besides. You’ll feel welcome there! www.thejaggercasino.nl 73


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OUT AND ABOUT

Rotterdam

This year, Rotterdam is the place fort he Eurovision Song Contest; On Voorne-Putten you can visit the best music festivals!

Maritiem Museum

Het Maritiem Museum Rotterdam is located in the oldest and biggest museum harbour in the Netherlands. Here

The impressive skyline that gives the city its metropoli-

you can you board historic ships and cranes and

tan image can be seen from a long way off. Rotterdam is

experience the origins of the world port of Rotterdam.

famous nationally and internationally as an architecture

Take a journey through maritime present and past in

city, with numerous examples of innovative architecture.

contemporary exhibitions for adventurers of all ages.

These include the famous Cube houses that you can

www.maritiemmuseum.nl

even visit inside, in the special Kijk-kubus (Show-Cube).

one bank of the Maas to the other in no time at all. You

Kunsthal

can also discover Rotterdam in a spectacular way with

Kunsthal Rotterdam opened in 1992. Since then, it has

Splashtours. After a round trip through the city, the spe-

presented culture in the widest sense of the word, from

cial amphibious bus makes a SPLASH in the Maas.

elite to popular. There are always several exhibitions

Another pleasant way to see Rotterdam from the water is by water taxi. These fast little boats take you from

at the same time. A day out in Rotterdam would not be complete without a visit to the Euromast. The highest observation tower in the Netherlands gives you a fantastic view over the whole of Rotterdam. When the weather is clear, you can even see Antwerp and The Hague. If there is not too much wind and you are brave enough, you can go abseiling with ropes from the Euromast in the summer months. Rotterdam has much more to offer. An event is held almost every weekend. It is not for nothing that the city has already been designated events city of the year three times. You can also shop to your heart’s content in the city. www.rotterdam.info

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www.kunsthal.nl


Photo: Guido Pijper

Spido

Futureland

ships and barges in Europe’s biggest port. During the

At FutureLand, you won’t just learn everything you

harbour cruise, you will see Rotterdam’s impressive

need to know about the port’s development. The free

skyline with its imposing buildings slide by.

information centre is located in the heart of Maasvlakte

For an unforgettable impression of this busy global

2, where you can see massive container ships and

port, extended sightseeing cruises are highly recom-

state-of-the-art container terminals with your own eyes.

mended.

FutureLand is great for young and old, port lovers and

www.spido.nl

gamers, families and groups. And thanks to its inter-

Experience a special cruise among the busy traffic of

See Europe’s most advanced port up close

active presentations, there’s always something to see

Watersnoodmuseum

or do. Put on a virtual reality headset and fly through

Ouwerkerk is home to the amazing Watersnoodmuseum.

www.futureland.nl

the port of 2066! Or book a boat tour through Europe’s most advanced port and see for yourself what it looks like when every crane, ship and quay wants to be the biggest on the block!

The museum officially consist of the four Phoenix caissons which were used to close the hole in the dyke at Ouwerkerk in November 1953. The huge concrete caissons were linked via several underground and one above corridor. The museum’s mission is: “Remember, Learn and Look ahead”. Each caisson has its own theme. For example, you will discover facts about the disaster, more about the emotions and the people, the reconstruction and the dangers and challanges that lie ahead. Walking routes are also available, varying in length from two to eight kilometres. www.watersnoodmuseum.nl 75


OUT AND ABOUT

Neeltje jans In the Neeltje Jans Delta Park you can learn all about the

Zierikzee

history of the Delta Works and the power of wind and

With its 568 historic buildings, Zierikzee is known as Zeeland’s

schelde to the Delta Works. You might get to see seals

number one monument city. The most prominent monument in

and porpoises from the boat. Visit the sea lion show and

Zierikzee is the tower known as St. Lievens Monstertoren, also

the beautiful Bluereef Aquarium Zeeland, or slide down

called the Dikke Toren (Fat Tower). The old city gate provides ac-

the big slide in the water playground in a little boat.

cess to the lovely town centre with its many shops and terraces.

The Delta Experience is an impressive 3D animation in

Life is good on the terraces on Nieuwe Haven, watching the ships

a panorama which enables the visitor to experience the

come and go in all shapes and sizes.

all-destructive power of the water.

www.vvvzeeland.nl

www.neeltjejans.nl

water. Step inside the hurricane machine and feel the power of a hurricane or take a boat trip on the Ooster-

Goes Goes is the bustling heart of Zeeland. There are lots of things to enjoy in Goes: shopping, a drink on a terrace or a tour of the historic buildings are just some of the options. Many of the shops are in historic buildings right behind the Grote Markt. These include several unusual boutiques as well as the national chain stores. Every Tuesday and Saturday, there is busy market on the Grote Markt. You can also have something to eat and drink in one of the cafés or restaurants. www.goesisgoes.nl

Middelburg The capital of Zeeland may rightly be described as a historic city. You will find a total of around 1100 historic buildings of varying sizes which reflect a rich past. The powerful abbey, the impressive

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Vlissingen

On the banks of the Western Scheldt is Vlissingen, a

town hall and the beautiful facades of the merchants’ houses and

town with a maritime present and past. Enjoy the sea air

warehouses provide tangible evidence of its history. For many

on the longest boulevard in the Netherlands, where you

years, Middelburg was our country’s second VOC trading city after

can almost touch the passing ships! There are plenty of

Amsterdam. Besides historic buildings, there is also plenty of

things to do on the boulevard. On one side, you stand

modern architecture. Middelburg is a city with a truly unique cha-

eye to eye with naval hero Michiel de Ruijter, while on

racter. There are intimate squares, lovely little streets, cosy cafés

the other you hear the sounds of the wind harp. In the

and alongside the big chain stores, numerous individual boutiques,

middle, terraces, hotels and restaurants offer the neces-

galleries and art traders.

sary relaxation.

www.uitinmiddelburg.nl

www.vlissingen.nl


With many events and festivals all year round, there is always something going on at Voorne-Putten For a complete overview and changes, visit www.opvoorneputten.nl/uitagenda

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Restaurant & Evenementenlocatie

Duinhoek

Restaurant & Event Location Duinhoek is located on the quiet and attractive Resort CittĂ Romana. However, this does not mean the restaurant is only accessible to guests staying at the park. You are also very welcome welcome! Let us give you a carefree outing and come and taste the holiday atmosphere. Enjoy our beautiful terrace overlooking the pond during all seasons. Our doors are open for you from 8:30 a.m. We serve a breakfast, lunch and dinner, but you can also come to us for a cup of coffee with something delicious or a drink with delicious snacks!

Parasols with terrace heating

Weddings, also wedding location! Feasts and parties All you can eat Monday Spare ribs, Wednesday Gambas

Lunch & Diner Parkweg 1, 3221 LV Hellevoetsluis Tel. +31(0)181-391052 www.duinhoek.nl, info@duinhoek.nl Open 365 days a year


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Where can you wander through a maze? Where can you take a selfie with a dino? Where can you fully enjoy yourself? Climbing frames and escape rooms, space travel and ponds .... discover Voorne-Putten your way!

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ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

For Kids!

Beverbos The Beverbos is a natural playground where children can discover nature with natural materials. There are balancing logs and a labyrinth. Try crawling through a culvert to reach the water pump and pump the water to the surface. Or walk through the play island via the wobbly bridge or the stepping stones and have fun on the swinging track or stilt track. Do you feel like playing in the water or cooling down? Then pull yourself over the Bernisse on a raft and splash in the water. www.zuidland.net/natuur-en-recreatie/natuurspeeltuin-beverbos

Adventure in nature! You will find plenty of adventurous nature playgrounds on both Voorne-Putten and the island of Tiengemeten. You can build huts and rafts, build dams in a stream, stalk frogs, wander the maze or crawl through tunnels. And it’s not just for sunny days, because when it rains or the ground is wet, you can play in the mud between two of the three play mounds. There are also plenty of benches where parents or carers can sit and enjoy the fun. The elements of nature are your toys. In the Vrijheidsbos beside Brielle lake, you’ll see panels alongside the path with poems by famous poets, as well as some by children from primary schools in Brielle. Starting from the Tenellaplas visitor centre, various challenging activity routes have been marked out for children. You set off with a bag full of useful aids – view water creatures with a magnifying glass or follow your compass towards the ‘Beestenboel’ adventure trail. Along the way, you’ll collect all kinds of images of animals that live in the dunes. And for the little ones, there is the gnome path. www.zuidhollandslandschap.nl/Bezoekerscentrumtenellaplas www.tiengemeten.nl, www.speeltuinparkbraband.webklik.nl www.vrijheidsbos.nl 82


Indoor Play

For a whole day of fun, get down to Monkeytown in Spijkenisse or De Ballenbak in Brielle. At these brilliant indoor playgrounds, you’ll have a whale of a time on the bouncy castles and trampolines, climbing and clambering over or under a range of playground equipment, sliding or crawling through challenging tunnels and secret passages. Whatever the weather, it’s always bags of fun! www.monkeytown.eu www.ballenbak.nl/brielle www.europarcs.nl

Historyland If you are looking for a fun and super educational outing, then Historyland is highly recommended. In a fully renovated farmhouse dating from 1947, a wonderful exhibition space has been created. There is a special ‘Mammoth Steppe’ exhibition where you can come face-to-face with a mammoth, a fearsome sabre-toothed cat, a cave bear or a woolly rhinoceros. You’ll also find an extensive fossil collection here, and you can have a go at making your own spear just like the hunted-gatherers of the Stone Age. Climb the tower by the Spiegelzee Pavilion and see how low the sea level was during the ice ages – but also observe that the sea level was once much higher. On the beautifully landscaped adventure mini golf you make a journey through history while playing golf. www.historyland.nl

Mini golf

The glow-in-the-dark mini golf takes you on an adventure through the murky jungle with life-like tigers, monkeys and other animals. The blacklight not only lights up the décor but also the clubs and golf balls. At Adventuredome in Hellevoetsluis you dive into the underwater world of the flow-inthe-dark course. Or play mini golf between the dinosaurs, in the dune area of Rockanje or the beautiful nature of the Bernisse. www.pannekoekenbakker.nl/zuidland www.europarcs.nl www.facebook.com/Midgetgolf1eslag www.historyland

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ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

Diergaarde Blijdorp

Jump XL

In Rotterdam’s Diergaarde Blijdorp zoo, you can go on a

trampolining and tricks on large connected

journey of discovery past all kinds of fun, odd and spe-

trampoline fields. Cool extras: two long tum-

cial animals. You may find yourself standing face-to-face

bling lanes, a pillow pit, a foam rubber pit, a

with a camel or see gorillas at play on their green island.

Ninja Course and a walk wall trampoline! An

You can also explore the seafloor without a mask and

exciting, active day out!

snorkel and investigate coastal zones in the Oceanium.

www.jump-xl.com/nl/spijkenisse

The largest indoor trampoline park in the region is located in Spijkenisse. Practice

But there’s much more to experience too, such as the beautiful ‘Amazonica’ butterfly garden and the giant Amazon water lily. www.diergaardeblijdorp.nl

Jumping at Sea

On the beach of Rockanje children can fully

De Flipjes

on the beach. There are twelve horizontally different trampolines linked to each other and

De Flipjes in Ouddorp is not just any playground. The

a huge trampoline is created. Even the sides

kids can spend a whole day playing here on the see-

and corners are slanted trampolines. Sun,

saws, roundabouts, slides and zip lines while their

sea, beach and jumping fun at Jumping at Sea

parents or carers relax on one of many benches right by

Rockanje!

the play equipment.

www.jumpingatsea.nl

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enjoy themselves on an enormous trampoline


De Mèkkerstee

Petting

Walk among the goats and farm animals at De Mèkkerstee. Watch goats being milked and play in the farm’s playground. In between

At Voorne-Putten there are various children’s

times, you can enjoy delicious homemade ice cream and organic

farms where you can cuddle with all kinds of

goat’s cheese and see it all being made at De Mèkkerstee in Oud-

animals. The Kerkestee, the Dierenweide, the Ag-

dorp. Experience the charm of life on the farm!

athahoeve, the Protse Pauw, the Beestenboel, in

www.demekkerstee.nl

all these places you can get to know the animals, help care for them and cuddle them, or you can just go and play in the nature playground.

Faunapark Flakkee

www.dekerkestee.nl www.ipsedebruggen.nl/zorglocatie/66/de-dierenweide

Faunapark Flakkee is a beautiful park full of flora and fauna

www.beestenboel-rozenburg.nl

where everyone can really enjoy themselves. The park has a wide

www.vriendenvandetrotsepauw.nl

variety of animals such as parakeets, birds of prey, capybaras and kangaroos. In the park, you can also enjoy the children’s playground, play mini golf or have fun hunting for clues. www.faunaparkflakkee.nl

Plaswijckpark The beautiful Plaswijckpark is located in the always charming city of Rotterdam. Here you will find pleasure for large and especially for small. In the park you will find a traffic garden, playground and inside you can also play to your heart’s content. In good weather you can sail over the lake with swan boats or fly over the water in the cable car. In Dierenwijck, the zoo of Plaswijckpark, you will find more than fifty animal species such as monkeys and wallabies. Are you looking for a nice place to picnic in the grass at noon or to enjoy one of the many picnic benches? Then you have to be in Wandelwijck.

Observatory Tweelingen The volunteers of the observatory in Spijkenisse take

Photo: Plaswijckpark / Unit10 Fotografie

Photo: Mark Bos

www.plaswijckpark.nl

you on a trip through the marvellous world of stars, planets, supernovas and nebulae, and show you around our visible universe. www.sterrenwachtspijkenisse.nl 85


OUT AND ABOUT

Shopping in Spijkenisse You can enjoy great shopping in the centre of Spijkenisse. This pleasant shopping centre offers a very diverse range, from local retailers to large national chains. In the centre are all kinds of restaurants, bars, tea rooms and coffee shops where you can relax; from atmospheric and pleasant to hip and modern. Every first and last Sunday of the month, the shops are open in Winkelhart Spijkenisse. On Tuesdays and Saturdays there is a market on the Markt, the square between Boekenberg and the Dorpskerk.On Woonboulevard Spijkenisse, you can shop for your home. In the DIY and home interior shops, you will find everything you need for in and around the house. The Woonboulevard is easily accessible and is located on the corner of the Groene Kruisweg with the N218 to the motorway. Parking is free. www.shoppeninspijkenisse.nl www.woonboulevardspijkenisse.nl www.marktnissewaard.nl

Shopping in historic Brielle Shopping in the historic fortified town of Brielle is an experience in itself. Here you will find a wide range of shops, both big and small, most of which are housed in historic buildings. You are welcomed by more than 100 hospitable entrepreneurs in their specialist, fun and special shops. On Monday, there is a market on Turfkade in Brielle. Shopping in Brielle: the perfect combination of specialist shops and history! www.beleefbrielle.nl

Shoppingcenter de Struytse Hoeck The shopping centre of Hellevoetsluis offers varied shopping with over 130 shops. Winkelcentrum de Struytse Hoeck is open seven days a week, with late night shopping on Friday evening and the shops are open every Sunday! Big well known chain stores alternate with specialist stores to provide a diverse and complete shopping experience. The shopping centre is easily accessible by public transport and parking is free. There is also a charging station for electric cars. De Struytse Hoeck has a unique jetty for pleasure boats. On Saturdays, there is a large weekly market and there are regular fun seasonal activities. www.moermanwoonpromenade.nl, www.destruytsehoeck.nl

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The Markthal

Rotterdam the combination with homes makes it unique.

Trendy shopping in Rotterdam

The apartments are draped over the market like a horse-

Feast your eyes in one of the chic shops in Van Olden-

shoe. The hall accommodates the market with around

barneveltstraat or visit the hip boutiques in Witte de

ten fresh food units, fifteen food shops and several

Withstraat. You can also shop endlessly in the Koop-

restaurants as well as a supermarket and four storey car

goot, the Lijnbaan or the pleasant Meent. Even on a

park. If you look up as you wander through the market

Sunday, fanatical shoppers can enjoy themselves in

stalls, you will see the artwork ‘Horn of plenty’ by Arno

Rotterdam,the shops in the city centre are open 7 days

Coenen and Iris Roskam.

a week.

Many world cities boast a covered market hall, but in

As home to the biggest artwork in the Netherlands, the Markthal is sometimes called the Dutch version of the Sistine Chapel. The Markthal also houses the Tijdtrap: a free archaeological exhibition of finds from the medieval city of Rotterdam which were excavated during its construction. The Markthal is open seven days a week until 8.00 p.m. www.markthal.nl

Shop till you drop!

Roos and Joyce have a tip: An afternoon in the historic centre of Hellevoetsluis. Get some nice treats at ONS Homemade, they always use fresh ingredients, and everything is gluten and lactose free. Afterwards you can go shopping at Rietdijk Mode for a nice new holiday outfit. Lastly, have a delicious ice cream at STARS and enjoy the beautiful view of the harbour.

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OUT AND ABOUT

The farmers’ way Fresh from Voorne What could be better than delicious fresh The store Vers van Voorne in Tinte at the Konneweg products from the local area? On Voorneoffers a complete range of fresh vegetables, fruit Putten you can enjoy potatoes, vegetables and potatoes from local farmers. During the spring and fruit that are grown on the island. A lot of and summer, they also sell beautiful and colourful farmers, gardeners and growers offers vegsummer bloomers. In the winter time, they offer a etables and fruit from a stall or machine. Many large variety of pumpkins. From the end of August, growers also sell flowers and plants from their pumpkins are available in many different colours and sizes; edible, for decorative purposes and for home. Get on your bicycle to go shopping in Halloween. From Goeree-Overflakkee and the the polder area, and be surprised at the amaz- Hoekse Waard, the range is expanded with fresh ing range of local seasonal products. Good for eggs, chips, cheese, nuts and juice. The store also the environment, and delicious for food-loving offers various baking mixes from the corn mill in Oostvoorne. residents and tourists on Voorne-Putten. Wine Estate De Vier Ambachten Wine Estate De Vier Ambachten in Simonshaven is not just a vineyard, it’s also a tasting ground for wine production! On the terrain, there are over 350 high stem apple trees, more than 100 races, especi88


ally for the production of apple wine and cider. In a good year, about 12,000 bottles of wine and 10,000 bottles of cider are produced here. At the vineyard you can buy home produced wine and cider, and various types of jam. They also sell various kinds of grape plants and fig trees.

Farm store Klok Nearby the beautiful fortress town of Brielle, but still in the area of Vierpolders, the Klok family has been growing fruit for four generations. They grow apples, pears, plums and cherries, in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way. The farm store is located in the old barn, and it offers many more products aside from fresh fruit. They sell farmers cheese, fresh farm dairy, local beef, vegetables, fruit and many more biological products. Are you looking for a nice present? A package with typical products from the area or a nice cheese board? They can prepare it for you.

Biological Farm Store De Doornhof The store of Leen and Marion Kortekaas is located in the oldest part of the original farm on the Doornweg in Rockanje. In their store, they sell biological vegetables, fruit, potatoes and other biological products, such as cheese, bread, oil and vinegar from local producers. The store only offers biologically produced products, bearing the European logo for biological products; the little green leaf. Tasty and healthy food is their passion, and they are happy to share this with you, with personalised service for every customer.

Assenberg Farm Westvoornes Weidevlees (Westvoorne Meadow Meat) is the brand name of the delicious meat from the cows of Assenberg Farm in Oostvoorne. Assenberg Farm is a livestock farm with cows of the Belgian white-blue race. In the spring, the mother cows will go to the meadow with their calves, young bulls and breeding bulls. The calves drink milk from their mother until the end of the meadow season. The animals are fed with products from the farm, such as hay, silage grass, corn and potatoes, in combination with especially mixed powerfood. Westvoornes Weidevlees is responsible meat of premium quality. The meat is sold directly to customers in a small packaging, fresh or from the freezer. In the store on Saturdays, or online. Honest and tasty beef, without additives, just the way meat is supposed to taste. If you also want to enjoy delicious fresh fruit and vegetables, you can find more addresses on: www.opvoorneputten.nl/ontdek-voorne-putten/ streekproducten

Farm store Zevenbergen The farm store of Yvonne and Gertjan is on the Koekendorpseweg in Zuidland. They sell fresh farm products for an honest price. Buy yourself a Koekendorp crate (full of fresh fruit and vegetables) or choose your own fruit and vegetables in the farm store. Such as bell peppers, cucumbers and strawberries. They sell products from biological farmers. Yvonne and Gertjan love vegetables, fruit and potatoes and they will make you love them too, ...because it’s simply delicious. Go and have taste. Most vegetables and fruit are from the local area. This way, you can support the local economy and know what you’re eating! 89


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Photo: Kenny Luijendijk

Step out of the shade of the dense forest and into the dry dune sand of Voornes Duin. A unique dune area where, thanks to the presence of forests, moist dune valleys, dams, ponds and large dune lakes, you can stand eye to eye with wild horses or Galloway cattle and enjoy a huge variety of plants and birds.

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The Voorne Dunes

Slikken van Voorne

The Voorne dunes extend from Oostvoorne to the Haringvliet

The Slikken van Voorne area is located west of Oost-

and are home to a great variety of plants and animals, due

voorne. It has an eventful history. Situated in the mouth

to the presence of woodland, damp dune valleys, dry sandy

of the river Maas, where the tides had free play, chan-

slopes, thickets, pools and large dune lakes. From the shadow

nels, sandbars and dunes once formed there. In the last

of dense woodland you suddenly step onto the dry dune sand.

century, large-scale projects were carried out off the

Thanks to this variety, the Voorne dunes boast many species

coast of Voorne; the Maas was dammed and the Maas-

of plants and birds. And despite being located close to the port

vlakte created by land reclamation. The dunes were

of Rotterdam, this is a place of peace and quiet. The large dune

raised and anchored. As a result, the natural dynamics

lakes Quackjeswater and Breede Water are rich in waterfowl.

largely disappeared from this area. But nature had a

Here, cormorant and spoonbill colonies have established them-

surprise in store. On the south side of the Maasvlakte,

selves. In autumn, shrubs covered in berries provide a feast for

a new dynamic coastal landscape emerged, where new

migrating starlings, red wings and fieldfares. The Voorne dunes

channels and sandbars were created by tidal action.

are rich in many varieties of plants and are known for their

This process is still going on.Thanks to the natural

diversity of orchids. And the plants, in turn, attract butterflies

development of this area, many species of plants have

In the northern part of the dunes, you may encounter large

established themselves here. The mud flats are home to

grazing animals, Icelandic horses and Galloway cattle. These

many small creatures which provide an important source

help Zuid-Hollands Landschap, the organisation responsible, to

of food for the Eurasian oystercatcher, sandpiper, curlew

keep the dune area open.

and redshank.


Spuimonding west

(Beningerslikken)

Where the Spui flows into the Haringvliet is the Spuimonding south of Zuidland. Here you can enjoy nature to the full in the Spuimonding West nature reserve. There is a footpath that takes you through the entire reserve via a bridge and a rope ferry. Bring provisions with you and take a seat on one of the benches provided. Climb the viewing tower on the eastern edge of the reserve. From the top, you have wonderful views over the Spui and the Haringvliet and much of Voorne-Putten and Hoeksche Waard. The landscape in Spuimonding West is varied. There is undergrowth, salt marshes and mudflats, all rich in food. This landscape is ideal as a spawning and breeding ground for fish

tempt reed birds like the bearded reedling, the black-

Mildenburg Estate

crowned night heron and the harrier to breed.

The Mildenburg estate at Oostvoorne was developed

and birds. Among the birds you can see there are some which enjoy special protection, such as the spoonbill, the little egret and the gadwall. The area is large enough to

over the course of the 18th century by the Van LeydenVan Leeuwen family. It was a splendid baroque garden with large straight avenues, a maze and a tea house with some sculptures. Only the large main avenue survives as a reminder of the estate, along with some parts of the other avenues. The estate itself has disappeared. An old beech forest marks the transition from the estate to the inner dune woodland. A high dune offers views of the Groene Strand beach and Oostvoorne lake. The Wielewaalroute is a marked walking route two kilometres long and you can park on Hoflaan in Oostvoorne. Dogs permitted on leash.

Groene strand On the banks of Oostvoorne lake, a lagoon has been excavated and a number of bird islands created where you can enjoy the sight of geese, ducks, plover and breeding pairs of common tern. In the shallow waters of the lagoon, egrets and spoonbills hunt for food. A walking route has been created through the area, with various

Mariska and Fleur have a tip: ‘Our favourite trip on horseback is a route over the beach via the Waterboscamping to the Noorddijk, Tenellaplas, and via the AJ Bootpad onto the beach, and then all the way back to the 2nd beach path. Depending on our pace, this trip takes about 2 hours.’

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Bernisse The Bernisse recreation area consists of a centuries-old polder landscape that lies between the Spui and the Voedingskanaal. The Bernisse area is seven kilometres long and runs from Heenvliet through the polders to Zuidland. It consists of ponds, basins and lakes. Together with the woods, marshes and meadows, the area is 300 hectares in size. It has since grown to become one of the richest recreation areas in the region in terms of flora and fauna. Bernisse is perfect for exploring on foot. It is largely accessible – only in the breeding period is walking not permitted everywhere. In summer, Bernisse is heavily used by the residents of Nissewaard. You can swim, canoe and surf there, or just enjoy walking or running, and there are various fishing spots for anglers. You can sail on the river Bernisse in an electric boat..

Tenellaplas VisitorCentre At the edge of the Dunes of Voorne lies the Tenellaplas visitor centre of the Zuid-Holland Landscape Conservation Society (Zuid-Hollands Landschap). In this nature

Walking route descriptions and maps are available and

Tiengemeten

the reception staff are happy to assist you with advice

Tiengemeten is located in the middle of the Haringvliet.

on the nicest, longest or most beautiful route of the

Once on the ferry you will immediately be overwhelmed

moment.

by the holiday feeling on the way to this smallest inhab-

Bezoekerscentrum Tenellaplas,

ited island of the Netherlands.

information centre you can get your questions answered regarding the flora and fauna of the dune area.

Duinstraat 12a, Rockanje. www.tenellaplas.nl

Upon arrival, first walk into the visitor centre. The hospitable volunteers are happy to help you on your way to a wonderful day out. Hikers and cyclists can indulge themselves in this car-free nature reserve with historic buildings. Children can play in the Speelnatuur. Lovers of nostalgia and paintings will be happy at the Agricultural Museum and the Rien Poortvliet Museum.

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Support A Seal: Visit us or donate!

A Seal Foundation in Stellendam is a rescue centre for the sick, weakened and orphaned seals found along the west coast of the Netherlands. You can see from up close how our staff and volunteers take care of the seals, until they are healthy enough to go back to the sea. SEAL RESCUE CENTRE AND RESEARCH In our own special clinic our veterinarian can perform X-ray and ultrasonography examination as well as operations. Our acquired knowledge can contribute to scientific research.

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Book your tickets online: www.aseal.nl

Haringvlietplein 3a | 3251 LD Stellendam | Telephone +31 (0)88 27 47 780 | E-mail info@aseal.nl | www.aseal.nl

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A CONVERSATION WITH

Mirjam Eikelenboom

Forest ranger down to her bones

When we are taking a walk through nature we often don’t realise it, but the natural areas on Voorne-Putten are actively maintained and protected. The ZuidHollands Landschap is one of the nature preservation organisations in our area. They protect nature by purchasing land, maintaining it and making it accessible to everyone. They have been doing this since the organisation was founded, on 12 July 1934! High time to pay a visit to our forest ranger Mirjam Eikelenboom.

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When we sit down together in the workshop, Mirjam enthusiastically tells us all about her love for nature, and what made her want to become a forest ranger. ‘I was always outside, even as a child. I grew up on a farm, and I was always playing outside with my friends, catching frogs or spiders. I think that’s when I really started to love nature. I still really enjoy being outside, and being indoors too much makes me unhappy. As I grew older, nature really started to amaze me. You can discover so much if you really take the time for it. That’s the best thing about my job, I think. Nature is the foundation, and if I can contribute to it through the work that I do, then that is really a gift for me.’

Zuid-Hollands Landschap ‘Zuid-Hollands Landschap’ is active in three regions, which we have categorized according to the type of landscape. The ‘Coast’ region covers the area from the Nieuwe Waterweg to Noord-Holland, with a lot of dune areas and farm lands. Then there are the ‘Peat meadows’, commonly known as the Krimpenerwaard, to the east of Rotterdam, with a lot of grassland birds, and personally I work in the ‘Islands’ region, including GoereeOverflakkee, IJsselmonde and Voorne-Putten. It is a large area with thirty six sites, with the common factor being the dunes and freshwater tidal landscape. Along the big rivers like the ‘Oude Maas’ there are areas where the tides change twice a day, with over a meter difference in water level. In the ‘Islands’ region, we work with a team of eight employees, and we all have our own specialism.


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IN GESPREK MET

Mirjam Eikelenboom

“Love for nature originates from surrounding yourself with nature” Tip • Take your time to look at nature and enjoy it. If you really take your time, you will see so much more! • The former airport in the dunes of Voorne is a

Activities ‘I am responsible for communication, and get to tell people about all the great things we do for maintenance, and also about all the beautiful flora and fauna on the island. Together with a large group of passionate tour guides, I organise various activities like the mushroom excursion, the dune day and bat excursion, and for certain activities we work together with IVN Voorne-Putten – Rozenburg. We try to offer an ideal mix of learning about nature and experiencing nature.’

very beautiful place to visit during the spring, because the orchids are in bloom then. Do leave

Sustainable Visitor Centre Tenellaplas

the orchids where they are.

‘The visitor centre is truly the entrance gate to the Dunes of Voorne. I would advise everyone to start their walking trip there. Are you looking for some more background information about the animals that live in the area? Or about which plants are in bloom at a certain time? The hosts at the visitor centre can tell you everything you want to know.

• Check our hiking and cycling routes. • Stop for a nice picnic in the dunes, and don’t forget to take your waste with you afterwards. • Spot the cows and horses, who help with the maintenance of the area.

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Every day is different ‘I really love the fact that every working day is different. Every day, I have a new story to tell during dinner time. Sometimes I suddenly come across a roe deer with two calves, or I see two four-spotted chasers (dragonflies) fighting at the waterside. If you take your time, you can discover so many new things in nature. I don’t have a favourite season, but if you like flowers, you should go to the dunes in the spring. In the dunes you will find a lot of special plants, such as the Water Germander (Moerasgamander), which only grows on Voorne-Putten. If you want to learn more about nature, the harmony between animals and plants is also amazing to see. Such as the wild bees at the former airport in Oostvoorne. They only fly short distances, so it’s important that their food, their nest, and a place to hide are all in the same area. The wild bees can find their food on the willow branches with buds and orchids in that area, and there is also plenty of bare sand to build a nest with.’

History ‘You will also find a lot of history in the dunes. Most people know about the bunkers, but also make sure you don’t miss the ‘elzenscheringen’. These alder trees mark the old gardens of the dune houses.’ When we ask Miriam about her hopes for the future, she tells us more. ‘I would love to organise a ‘Read the Landscape’ excursion. Once you start recognising things, you’ll be introduced to a whole new world. It will be just like walking through a history book. Like the former airport, which was created so that the ‘rich and famous’ could come to play golf here, but now it’s an amazing place for orchids. Which is also one of the reasons why it’s no longer an airport, the soil was too wet. The planes got stuck.’

Route tip • Hiking route Boeren Zwaluwenroute in De Holle Mare, Zwartewaal. • Cycling route Twee Werelden, along the Maasvlakte. • You can download these routes, as well as other hiking and cycling routes on the website: www.zuidhollandslandschap.nl

Nature is for everyone, but it’s not free! The organisation Het Zuid-Hollands Landschap works to preserve nature close to home, step by step. You can also contribute. For example, you could sign up as a volunteer, participate in a nature workshop close to home, or support the work of the organisation financially. Go to the website zhl.nl/help-mee and choose in which way you would like to help nature.

Future ‘It would be great if we could organise nature in such a way, that we as nature managers would be able to work together even more. I would also love to amaze people even more. This is one of the things we do at the visitor centre. We have our exhibition for this purpose. To really make the visitor centre an extension of everything people experience outside. We adjust our programmes to this. We want to do even more to tie in with what is relevant at a certain moment. In the spring you can go to the visitor centre and tag along with a beautiful orchid excursion, in the summer you can bring your kids to catch water creatures, and in the fall we offer autumn excursions. Thanks to the contributions of organisations like Landschapstafel Voorne-Putten, we can make the experience even more comprehensive.’

Follow nature online:

www.zuidhollandslandschap.nl/ volg-de-natuur-online

Photo: Nicole van der Kuil

The sustainable visitor centre offers an exhibition, a store with excellent natural products and a perfect programme of activities. The programme changes with the seasons. But I think the best thing about a visit to the centre is that you can talk to someone. Someone with a passion for nature, who can give you the right tips. Our voluntary hosts are a great help, we wouldn’t be able to run the visitors centre without them.’

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Would you like to know more about how it was rainbowed on or the automated transfer of containers at Europe’s largest port? Visit FutureLand, the public information center about the construction of Maasvlakte 2 and the port of Rotterdam.

Landlubber or sea dog? FutureLand is fun for young and old. There’s always something to see and do in this interactive environment. Hop on board of the FutureLand Ferry or Express and see the mammoth cranes, ships and basins of the port with your own eyes!

FutureLand Maasvlakte 2 Information Center • Europaweg 902 3199 LC Maasvlakte - Rotterdam • Port number 8360 • Tel +31 (0)10 - 252 252 0 Email info@futureland.nl • For more information, visit www.futureland.nl

A day out in Maassluis? Discover the many options at ervaarmaassluis.nl Maassluis is a beautiful city with a rich history. You can feel this atmosphere during a visit to the harbour and in the historic city centre. Maassluis has many attractions on offer. When you walk through the heart of the city and its lively waterways to the city centre, you will automatically pass by its numerous monuments and the port. Particularly special are the unique location

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of the ‘Groote Kerk’ (Big Church), the recently opened ‘Monstersche Sluis’ shiplock and of course the beautiful and uniquely rare ‘sleepboten’ or tugboats. Maassluis is also most suitable for shopping, for visiting a café or restaurant or for attending an exciting local event. See you soon in Maassluis!


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Feel like a VIP on Voorne-Putten

with the Voorne-Putten pass

With this free card you will receive a discount or an attentive favour at a large number of attractions, museums and recreation centres.

Dry dock Jan Blanken The dry dock Jan Blanken is the oldest stone dry dock of Europe and is still being used for all kinds of ships! A visit to this maritime repair location is a unique experience for visitors of all ages. Go back to the time of the

A selection of all the nice offers and discounts you are

great sea heroes. The dry dock has a big and interactive

entitled to with your Voorne-PuttenPas:

visitor’s centre with information about the dry dock and

the man Jan Blanken. During one of our tours, a volun-

Boat rental – Geijsman Watersport

teer will happily tell you more. If you show the Voorne-

From spring till the end of summer, you can rent a luxury

PuttenPas you will get a free cup of coffee or tea upon

boat at Jachthaven Geijsman and have a pleasant trip

entry when you get a tour.

across the Brielse Meer. You are your own captain, and

the boat ‘Amigo’ has its own dodger for windy weather

Seal sanctuary and expo A Seal

and cushions so you can sit comfortably. A motor boat li-

At A Seal, seals are sheltered and cared for. They are

cense is not necessary, but some experience with boats

usually young seal pups who lost their mothers or seals

and water is. You can rent the boat for a part of a day or

that are wounded or sick. Once they are healthy and

a whole day, and if you present the Voorne-PuttenPas

able to take care of themselves again they will be re-

you will get a nice discount!

leased. At the seal sanctuary you can visit the patients

and learn more about seals in an interactive way. If

FutureLand – 2nd Maasvlakte

you show your Voorne-PuttenPas you will get a nice

Experience the most modern harbour of Europe in a free

discount on the entry fee!

information centre about the construction of Maasvlakte 2 – FutureLand. Step aboard the Ferry or go on an

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expedition with the FutureLand Express bus. Experience

A sustainable restaurant with a unique location in the

what it’s like when cranes, ships and harbours are big,

Oostvoorne dunes, surrounded by gorgeous nature. On

bigger, biggest! If you show your Voorne-PuttenPas you

the terrace you can enjoy a beautiful view of the sea.

will get a nice discount on bus and boat tour.

Ask about nice offers with your Voorne-PuttenPas! 107


FEEL LIKE A VIP ON VOORNE-PUTTEN WITH THE

With this free card you will receive a discount or an attentive favour at a large number of attractions, museums and recreation centres. You can use the ViP Pass for the whole family, unless otherwise indicated. Check out www.opvoorneputtenpas.nl for all the great offers – you’ll be surprised! The Voorne-Putten pass is available at all accommodations, tourist offices and municipalities. 108


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