Den Helder is the naval city of the Netherlands. This comes to the fore in a number of ways. First of all through the naval museum. This maritime museum is located on the former naval shipyard Willemsoord. In the various buildings you can discover the history of the navy. In addition, there are several ships ashore that you can visit. Another attraction in Den Helder is the Fort Kijkduin. This fort, which was built by the French Emperor Napoleon, is still fully intact and is accessible for guided tours.
THE NAVAL MUSEUM
The Naval Museum shows 500 years of the Dutch Navy. In addition to the military successes the navy has experienced over the course of time, you will also discover the developments the navy has undergone in the technical field. The outside of the museum shows something unique: three naval ships that you can visit. This includes, for example, the submarine 'Tuna' from 1966. In this boat you will get a unique picture of life in a submarine.
Fort Kijkduin was built by the French emperor Napoleon in 1813 and housed 700 soldiers. Nowadays the fort serves as a museum and there is a (unique) aquarium. This makes a visit to Fort Kijkduin a versatile excursion.
There is also plenty to do in Den Helder in terms of non-maritime activities. For example, the botanical garden 'Hortus Overzee'. This beautiful garden with greenhouse complex has many beautiful flowers and plants. Tropical plants grow in the greenhouses and there is a large collection of cacti. Outside is a Japanese garden with running water.