Things to see and do in IJmuiden
Taking an IJmuiden ferry is a perfect way to enjoy some time in one of Holland's most famous ports. Although IJmuiden is famous for its rich history and its access to Northern Holland, the city itself has plenty of fascinating things to do and see.
Visit the beach
Although this doesn't seems like the most obvious option, IJmuiden really does offer a beautiful beach for you to relax with friends or family and enjoy the scenery. You can even watch the large vessels as they enter/leave the dock.
Enjoy water sports
If you are a water sports enthusiast then you can enjoy activities such as surfing in the North Sea. With the area already being popular for surfers and the beach clubs open all year round, it is clear that this really is a hotspot worth visiting. Enjoy many outdoor activities such as the trampoline centre, climbing wall and the wind and water sports centre. Kite flying and racing are also popular in these areas, creating spectacular views.
Built at the end of the 19th century to protect the sea locks, the IJmuiden fort acted as a forward post to the Amsterdam Defence Line. The fort was originally situated on the Northern banks of the canal, until work started on the Northern lock, which caused the fort to become seperated from the banks, creating Fort Island! There are still numerous bunkers on the island from World War 2, making Fort Island an extremely interesting place to visit.
Visit Snow Planet
Close by is a popular ski and snowboarding resort known as Snow Planet . The resort hosts its very own restaurant, catering for both adults and children, leaving no-one disappointed. Snow Planet is not only for adults, children can try out the facilities too!
The Ruins of Brederode
These ruins are the remains of the medieval castle of the Lords of Brederode. Built on an older fortress around 1355, the castle was in a great strategic location. Swampy bogs surrounding the castle made surprise attacks unlikely. However, in 1573, Spanish soldiers managed to set fire to the castle, and it has been a ruin ever since. The rich history surrounding this riun makes it a must see when visiting IJmuiden.
IJmuiden Bunker Museum
Open every first Sunday of the month from May-October, these second World War bunkers are a must see for any visitor to IJmuiden interested in history and culture. Walk through the wooden trenches as you discover the various bunkers. Some of these bunkers have been made into exhibitions, allowing you to get a taste of what life was like during one of the biggest events in world history.
The gardens of Beeckestijn represent designs of both the French and the English. The contrast in design sees a French Baroque style adjacent to a more English styled national park. The peaceful atmosphere enhances the beautiful surroundings, making a visit to these gardens a necessity.