|Local cheese (1kg)||$11.91|
|One-way ticket (local transport)||$3.66|
|Milk (1 liter)||$1.19|
|Monthly Pass (local transport)||$101.69|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) in city centre||$1 901.69|
|Chicken breasts at the market||$9.09|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) outside of centre||$847.88|
Vlaardingen, situated in Netherland’s South Holland province, is the site of one of the oldest human habitations in the country with archaeological remains dating back to 2900 to 2600 BC. With its historic monuments and structures, the city attracts visitors from around the world thanks to the several cheap flights to Vlaardingen via Rotterdam that is just 13 km away.
Among the biggest draws of Vlaardingen is the Grote Kerk (Big Church) in the city centre that is the site of the former marketplace. The historic Waag (Weighing Bridge) is adjacent. At the city centre, you are sure to be mesmerized by the stunning Wilma Kuil-designed Spanish stairs constructed out of stone, marble, and glass. Visits to the Visbank (Fish Auction) that is now a flower-house at the harbour and Oude Lijnbaan (Old Ropewalk) where ropes for the shipping industry were once made can prove to be immensely interesting. The harbour is akin to an open-air museum with its display of olden ships and regular exhibitions on maritime themes. While at the harbour, a visit to the Museum Vlaardingen that is devoted to the town’s maritime heritage is a must. A late 18th century-building houses another museum dedicated to the town’s fishing history; learn about the sort of vessels that used to operate, how fishing nets developed, and details of the life and apparel of the fisher-folk and recreated models of trawler offices, shops and the quayside. North of the harbour lies the Aeolus, an ancient windmills that still works. The Joannes de Dooper church, though decaying, is a good example of the period’s neo-gothic architecture.
If you are arriving via cheap flights to Vlaardingen, you can time your visit with Vlaardings Logger festival, an event that celebrates Vlaardingen’s fishing antecedents and is held on June’s first Saturday. Do sample the famous Moerman bread that is supposed to have anti-cancer properties. Kids will love to visit the zoo that also serves as a pet shelter. Those looking out for greenery will love Oranjepark with its diverse plant life and beautiful landscaping. Visitors have a plethora of choices as far as pubs and restaurants as well as hotels in Vlaardingen are concerned.