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Den Helder, situated in the northernmost point of the province of North Holland, not only has a rich heritage of more than 200 years but is also blessed with lovely beaches, lots of museums, beautiful stretches of water and dikes, nature reserves, polders, verdant meadows, and picturesque villages. The network of canals and waterways that offer opportunities for boating and canoeing are also some reasons why thousands of tourists visit the place, especially by availing the many cheap flights to Den Helder that is just 89 km way from the international airport at Amsterdam.
Home to the nation’s principal naval base, lots of tourists arrive by the many cheap flights to Den Helder for its annual Naval Day celebrations and usually linger to spend time on the city’s lovely sand beaches, indulge in a wide variety of shopping, and gorging on some of the most delicious regional cuisines. There’s no escaping history in Den Helder; Fort Kijkduin, an 1811 Napoleon-built fort is considered to be among the best in the country with its underground vaults and passages. The National Lifeboat Museum Dorus Rijkers boasts of a realistic recreation of sea rescues replete with crashing waves and ships in distress. The Naval Museum is a storehouse of the region’s rich naval heritage with several models of ships, naval uniforms, etc. The Käthe Kruse Doll and Toy Museumhas are two of the most extensive collections of Käthe Kruse figurines.
The Den Helder area is a natural paradise; lots of water sports can be enjoyed in the many inland lakes while canoe trips on the canals are a must-have experience. Spring sees the area between the town and Petten transformed into a massive flower carpet. The 'Het Zwanenwater' nature reserve is the most famous of the many such bio-reserves that are home to a wealth of plant and bird life. The orangery in the city-centre is the biggest collection of fruit trees, flowering and ornamental plants in North Holland. The long sandy beach is perfect for fun-filled activities throughout the year.
Perfect for holidays that are as event-filled or laid back as you want, tourists are spoil for choice as far as accommodation is concerned; apart from the many hotels in Den Helder, there are many campsites, bungalow-parks or rooms in quiet hamlets.