There is always something going on at the Willemshaven in Harlingen. Curious about what there is to see and do in and around the Willemshaven? Take a look for yourself!
On board of tugboat Holland, you will find the only working 10-cylinder ‘Werkspoor’ engine in the world. On board you can have a look around the radio hut, the map room, the bridge and the engine room. The interior from 1951 is still largely authentic, including a beautiful Art Deco salon. The Holland is also available for events.
The Hr. Ms. Sittard was given to the Sea Cadet Corps Harlingen by the Dutch Royal Navy in 1997. Since then, the ship has served as a sailing training ship for the corps. This maritime youth association is part of the national Sea Cadet Corps Netherlands. The Sea Cadet Corps aims to show the youth the way to the sea in a pleasant way and motivates the youth for a job in the nautical sector. W: www.zkkharlingen.nl
3Fisch Restaurant Vitamine Zee
This former electricity house has been transformed into a beautiful fish restaurant. From a tasty portion of kibbeling (fried cod) to Dutch delicacy salted herring with onions, there is something for everyone. On the spacious terrace you can enjoy a snack and a drink and enjoy the view of the beautiful Willemshaven and Wadden Sea.
4 Beer Brewery Het Brouwdok
Here you can find seaworthy craft beer. With your feet on the quay and phenomenal views of the Wadden Sea, this harbour brewery is the headquarters and starting point for adventure. In addition to a beautiful brewery with a diversity of flavors, you will also find the most beautiful tasting room in the Netherlands. Open every day in the summer months, with daily guided tours at 2:00 PM.
Coming soon: At the PESK Experience Center you will learn all about tugboat the Holland, its famous past and contemporary cruises. Or take part in one of the many lectures, nautical courses and exhibitions about World Heritage Site the Wadden Sea.
6The Lookout Buoy
There are many different barrels, buoys and beacons to be found at sea. Normally they are used for the most important and largest waterways, but at the Willemshaven there is a lifelike big buoy on dry land. From this lookout buoy you can view the entire Willemshaven and take the perfect picture or selfie.
7Tall Ships Experience Center
Coming soon: In the Tall Ships Experience Center you will learn everything about Tall Ships and the races that these beautiful ships undertake each year. In 2022, many Tall Ships will return to Harlingen during Sail Harlingen. The project office of the Harlingen Sail Foundation is also located in the Experience Center and you can rent meeting rooms.
8Radio Lightship Jenni Baynton
A unique combination of two applications on one ship that are hardly ever seen anymore: the lightship that piloted seamen and their ships safely home in the English coastal waters from 1949 to 1991 and the broadcast ship that delights listeners with radio programs from 2005 to the present day. You can tour the ship or rent it for events.
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10 Information Center The Wagon
This train wagon from 1993 now serves as an information center, where you will find up-to-date information about special projects in Harlingen. Be surprised and take a look at the Wagon during a visit to our Frisian seaport city.
With the solar ferry you can cross the Willemshaven to the Zuiderpier or Sassteiger for a small fee (1 euro) or sail a tour through the harbour (2 euro). The skippers are happy to tell you everything about the passing ships and the historic harbours. Passengers can go to any dock when the ferry flag flies there.
n 1596, explorer Willem Barentsz set out to find a sea route to China via the north with a crew of 17 men. The ship got stuck in the ice at Nova Zembla. His expedition ship was reconstructed as accurately as possible with volunteers. The visitor center shows the special Dutch building method and the illustrious journey of the crew.
13Expedition Ship ‘Witte Swaen’
In 1596, explorer Willem Barentsz set out to find a sea route to China via the north with a crew of 17 men. The ship got stuck in the ice at Nova Zembla. His expedition ship was reconstructed as accurately as possible with volunteers. The visitor center shows the special Dutch building method and the illustrious journey of the crew.
In the Trechter hotel you will spend the night in luxury in a converted sand funnel at a unique location on the Willemshaven. The suite offers a wonderful view of World Heritage Site the Wadden Sea and includes a luxury box spring, rain shower, jacuzzi, minibar, WiFi and private parking.
Freight trains used to drive here to load and unload the ships in the Willemshaven. The building from 1904 has recently been beautifully restored and now serves as a multifunctional indoor city square. The building is occasionally used as a terminal for medium-sized cruise ships, but the building is also available as an event location.
1611Fountains Whale Fountain
The Harlingen fountain is a lifelike sperm whale. He lies lost at the Zuiderpier, but now and then his powerful water jet betrays that he is indeed alive. This beautiful fountain is part of the 11Fountains art project and is a symbol of Harlingen’s maritime history.
This bathhouse is not only for the Brown Fleet to wash out sailing clothing, but also for visitors of Harlingen. The Badhuus offers more than just sanitary and facilities. The lookout point on top of the Badhuus gives a unique image of the beautiful Wadden Sea every day. On the ground floor you will find 17 showers, toilet facilities and a launderette.
18Cruise Port Harlingen
Harlingen is the only Frisian port city that hosts sea- and river cruise ships. The international luxury ships, with a maximum length of 160 meters and with 175 to 400 guests on board, are finding their way to the ‘Pearl of the Wadden Sea’ more and more.
19 20 Bruine Vloot
Take a sailing trip with one of the ships of the ‘Bruine Vloot’ (traditional sailing ships). The skippers will gladly take you for a sailing trip across the Wadden Sea to one of the Wadden Islands. Go on board for a weekend or a week with family, a group of friends or as an individual crew member.
21Harbour Crane Hotel
Stay overnight at a height of 17 meters and pick your own view. The crane offers a panoramic view of the Wadden Sea and the picturesque historic center of Harlingen. It is up to you to choose, because you can turn around the crane yourself with the joystick in the operator cabin. An amazing experience!
At the head of the Willemshaven is the building of the Royal Dutch Sea Rescue Institution (KNRM). The KNRM was founded in 1824 and is maintained by donors and bequests. Harlingen has two lifeboats and carries out between 50 and 70 rescues per year. The station consists of 25 volunteers who are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to help people and animals in need.
23 Thoughts by the Sea
The wind in your hair, enjoying the salty sea air and the view, or let your thoughts run free: the Zuiderpier is a perfect spot to take a break. Where the trail ends and the broad view over the Wad begins, hikers who wish to do so are given the opportunity to share their ‘Thoughts by the Sea’ by posting an (anonymous) note in the letterbox. The letterbox is emptied weekly.