Top 10 Things to do in Hoek van Holland, The Netherlands

March 17, 2018 Karren Gelb

The Hook of Holland (Dutch: Hoek van Holland, pronounced [ˈɦuk fɑn ˈɦɔlɑnt] ( listen)) is a town in the southwestern corner of Holland (hence the name; hoek means "corner"), at the mouth of the New Waterway shipping canal into the North Sea. The town is administered by the municipality of Rotterdam as a district of that city. Its district covers an area of 16.7 km, of which 13.92 km is land. On 1 January 1999 it had an estimated population of 9,400.
Restaurants in Hoek van Holland

1. Hoek van Holland beach

Zeekant, Hoek van Holland, The Netherlands
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4.5 based on 163 reviews

Hoek van Holland beach

Reviewed By AndersUA - Odessa, Ukraine

Huge beach of North Sea, a lot of people but it's still empty. Surrounded by dunes. Great view of the ships entering or leaving port

2. Het Keringhuis

Maeslantkeringweg 139, 3151 ZZ Hoek van Holland, The Netherlands +31 88 797 0630
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4.5 based on 107 reviews

Het Keringhuis

Reviewed By empathology - Rotterdam, The Netherlands

This small museum is an excellent place to learn about how the Dutch are the world masters at water defence. Located next to the Maeskering, these are huge gates that close the main Rotterdam shipping canal, the Nieuwe Waterweg (new waterway) whenever severe floods are expected. I'll be honest here and say that I live 5 Kms away and can see these gates from my apartment and in 5 years, they've not closed in anger, though were on red alert, ready to close once. They close them for testing once a year for a 12 hour tide cycle - usually a weekend in September (check the website). It's well worth seeing. The museum is well laid out with exhibits for kids to play with to explain how the Dutch keep the sea out. If you going to / from the ferry, take an extra hour or two and drop by.

3. Fast Ferry harbour tours

Hoek van Holland, The Netherlands +31 900 5006010
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5 based on 12 reviews

Fast Ferry harbour tours

between Hoek van Holland and the Maas Plain

Reviewed By ELear - Ancona, Italy

If you'd like a sense of the activity going on in the vast Europort nearby, you can get on a Fast Ferry and do a harbour tour. The ferry stops at a number of places (the other side of the river, the Europort itself…) to let foot-passengers and people with bicycles on and off, but if you just stay on the round trip takes about fifty minutes, costing (in May 2016) €5.60 a person - very good value indeed, especially considering how high prices often are in the Netherlands.
See the majestic 'Yang Ming' riding at anchor near the colossal 'Nave Neutrino' (reg Limassol), sleek yellow pilot-boats waiting at their moorings, dirty British coasters with salt-stained smoke-stacks, freighters, dredgers, cranes, container depots, fuel tanks on mud-flats…
Fast Ferries leave from a jetty near the ferry terminal. The tourist office (+31 174 519 570) should know the times.

4. Rondvaart Europoort

Maeslantkeringweg 139, 3151 ZZ Hoek van Holland, The Netherlands
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4.5 based on 11 reviews

Rondvaart Europoort

Reviewed By idegenvezetoe - Zurich, Switzerland

Das Erlebnis wird durch die mangelnde Information zum Abfahrtsort getrübt.
Also genügend Reserve zur Suche einplanen.
Die Reservation im Internet hat geklappt.
Wer den Treffpunkt auf der Webseite ins Navi eingibt, landet bei der Schleuse mit dem Het Keringhuis Publikumszentrum (Maeslantkeringweg 139). Doch dies ist der falsche Ort für die Europoort Rundfahrt.
Man kann zwar dort parken, aber muss noch 500m auf einem Fussweg Richtung Osten laufen. Zur Anlegestelle des Bootes. Dort hätte es auch einen Autoparkplatz. Welcher bereits überfüllt ist.
Die Bootsfahrt selbst ist ok und informativ. Die Frachter mit ihren Containern sind eindrücklich.

5. Atlantikwall-Museum

Noorderhoofd, 3151 Hoek van Holland, The Netherlands +31 6 22655069
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4 based on 8 reviews

Atlantikwall-Museum

Reviewed By ELear - Ancona, Italy

Absolutely fascinating. Not big, but full of interesting material - weapons, transport, bunker machinery, personal possessions of WWII German soldiers once stationed here… There's plenty to interest children, and a friendly guide to show people around and explain. It's a kilometre or so outside town, along the sea-shore. There's a holiday cafe-restauirant nearby.
For some people, it'll be worth coming to the Hook of Holland just for this museum.
It may be wise to ring and check opening times before you go - either the museum itself or the Hook of Holland tourist office (+31 174 519 570)

6. Museum RockArt

Zekkenstraat 42, 3151 XP Hoek van Holland, The Netherlands +31 174 384 103
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5 based on 4 reviews

Museum RockArt

A Trip down memorylane in the Pop Music history

Reviewed By Arie M - Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands

Wat een mooie collectie van de nederpop vanaf de 50er jaren met een nadruk op de sixties waarin het grote feest begon. Unieke exemplaren van gitaren, foto's, platenhoezen en allerlei ander interessants. Daarnaast nog een mooie shop met veel speciale dingen. Echt een aanrader voor iedereen die de nederpop een warm hart toedraagt!

7. Streichelzoo, Kinderboerderij

Willem van Houtenstraat 71, 3151 AC Hoek van Holland, The Netherlands +31 174 382 596
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5 based on 2 reviews

Streichelzoo, Kinderboerderij

Reviewed By koledero - Hoek van Holland, The Netherlands

Leuk voor de kinderen je mag de dierenvoeren en de eigenaar is heel aardig voor iedereen is echt de moeite waard om er is heen te gaan

8. Santa Line

Stationsweg 10, 3151 HS Hoek van Holland, The Netherlands +31 174 389 333
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Santa Line

Reviewed By chamonix44 - Almelo

I spotted one review of "Santa Line", so, since we travel on Stenaline around Christmas time, I decided to add my own review here. Last December we travelled from Hoek van Holland in The Netherlands to Harwich in England. On the Stenaline Ferries, and in the Stenaline terminal building at that time, there are signs saying "Santa Line". There is a board with a picture of Santa where you can stand behind and put your head through the head hole, for a memorable photo of your trip. There are many Christmas trees in the terminal and some on board too. They sell chocolates and sweets in the shop which are in Christmas packaging, although the shop prices are high, compared to UK Supermarket prices. On board the ferry it is very nice, modern and comfortable. It is a great pity that there are no special Christmas meals in the "Taste Restaurant". Always the same old bland menu and at really expensive prices for what you actually get.Having said that, we usually eat there as we are always so hungry after the couple of hours we sit waiting in the car ferry queue. The other choice of restaurant has much nicer food, but it is out of our price range. The cabins are nice and comfortable, except for the old lumpy pillows filled with bits of foam. I wish they would upgrade those pillows. The cabins are quite expensive, as is the cost of the overnight crossing. I really do like travelling on this car ferry, but wish the prices were slightly cheaper. However, it is definitely our preferred way of travelling to England, and I woulod recommend it.

9. De zeetoren

Helmweg 7 | Voor de deur parkeren., 3151 HE Hoek van Holland, The Netherlands +31 6 54678161
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3.5 based on 8 reviews

De zeetoren

Reviewed By LetschertB - Gouda, The Netherlands

De locatie van de Zeetoren is schitterend. Midden in de duinen en vanaf het gezellig ingerichte terras heb je een erg mooi uitzicht. En parkeren is gratis!
Wij hebben de escaperoom en de handboogclinic gedaan. Erg leuk om een keer gedaan te hebben. De begeleiding was enthousiast en deed het leuk. Ook het materiaal was in erg goede staat. 15€ p.p. per uur voor de clinic is dan ook zeer redelijk!
Daarna hebben wij gegeten op het terras van het restaurant. Ook daar erg gastvrije ontvangst. Ze leken wel wat moeite te hebben om een groep van ruim 25 personen tegelijk van het hoofdgerecht te voorzien, maar uiteindelijk was iedereen tevreden over zijn of haar gerecht. Behalve de hamburgers die waren nog een beetje rood (rauw). Wel was de hamburger erg rijkelijk belegd en was de rustieke patat en salade prima. Ik vermoed dat de burgers door de drukte wat minder gelukt waren. Volgende keer beter.
Al met al een leuke plek. Kom zeker nog een keertje terug.

10. Fort 1881

Stationsweg 80-82, 3151 HS Hoek van Holland, The Netherlands +31 88 188 1500
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2.5 based on 5 reviews

Fort 1881

The Fortress is located in the former armour fortress of Hoek van Holland. At the time it was built at the New Waterway for the defence of the Rotterdam area. In the over 100 years old construction you can make a journey into the past and the many decorated rooms will give you a sense of life and work in the Fortress from 1889 to 1970. Soldier rooms (1890) and meetin

Reviewed By Diny H - Rotterdam, The Netherlands

I had heard a lot about it but never visited it in the old situation. Was interested to see the exhibition about the digging out of the Waterweg. As previous reviews: just photo's in a modern setting nobody around, few exhibits about the waterweg, waste of money €6

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