Den Helder is a port city in North Holland. It is the main base of the Royal Netherlands Navy and is also an important civilian port.
- Trains regularly depart for Den Helder from Amsterdam Centraal railway station. Sit in one of the front carriages of the train, as the rear carriages are detached at a station en-route! The city is served by two stations - Den Helder and Den Helder Zuid. Den Helder station (the last stop on the line) is far more useful for tourists as it is located in the centre of the city. The station includes a small cafe which sells snacks and drinks.
- Ferries from Texel arrive at Den Helder's harbour, which is a bit of a hike from the centre of town (though the walk is flat and easy). Catch a bus or taxi if you have luggage.
A bus service is available, though the centre of the city is reasonably compact and all the attractions are within comfortable walking distance of one another.
- The city's sea wall provides a good view of the constant parade of ships entering and leaving the port.
Museums and other things to see in Den Helder are:
- Fort Kijkduin, a fortress built in 1811.
- Oude Rijkswerf Willemsoord
- Marinemuseum - this museum records the history of the Royal Netherlands Navy, and includes several preserved warships and a submarine. It takes about 20 minutes to walk from Den Helder's train station to the museum.
- Nationaal Reddingmuseum Dorus Rijkers
- Käthe Kruse Poppen- en speelgoedmuseum
- Oranjerie De Groene Parel
- Kunst & Natuur project De Nollen
- Spijz, Koningstraat 70, 1781 KJ Den helder, ☎ +31 223-613035. Also suited for: Vegetarian, lactose free, gluten free, organic and sugar-free.