A port city in the north of Holland, just a short distance from Amsterdam, IJmuiden has beaches, sand dunes and pretty scenery, as well as other maritime attractions such as the country’s biggest fish market. It's considered to be North Holland's gateway to the North Sea and it's at the head of a canal that leads directly to Amsterdam.

IJmuiden lighthouse

why visit ijmuiden

IJmuiden is a popular port town in the north of Holland, in fact it's the fouth largest port in the country and, also boasts Holland's widest beaches as well as the biggest fish market!

IJmuiden has plenty of places to eat, drink and otherwise spend your time – perhaps before you catch your ferry home. With IJmuiden being situated on the coast, it is a popular spot for water sports enthusiasts, who regularly enjoy surfing in the North Sea. It's also ideally placed for trips to Amsterdam and Haarlem.
Getting there with DFDS Seaways

Getting there

Travel to IJmuiden with us and you'll spend the night in a private, en suite cabin on our modern, comfortable cruise ferry with its facilities and amenities including a cinema, bars and restaurants before arriving in port refreshed and ready to continue your journey. 


What to see in ijmuiden


There are a number of IJmuiden attractions to appeal to everyone.

The nearby area Velsen has a huge beach and sand dunes which you can explore via dune buggies, perfect if you’re a thrill-seeker! Active travellers are well catered for in IJmuiden, with the 'Snow Planet' ski and snowboarding resort close by. 

There are also two lighthouses to visit-together they guide ships into the canal that lead to Amsterdam. Nearby are also the North Sea locks where you can watch the huge vessels from the port being towed out into the open sea. 

The IJmuiden fort formed part of the Amsterdam Defence Line in Holland’s past, and was originally situated on the northern banks of the canal, however, when work started on the canal, the fort became separated from the banks and created Fort Island. Fort Island is also home to bunkers from World War 2, brilliant for history fans!

History fans will also enjoy the IJmuiden Bunker Museum. Open every first Sunday of the month from May-October, the museum allows you to 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.

Where to stay in IJmuiden

As a busy port town, there is no shortage of places to stay in IJmuiden, so if you’re looking for a hotel then you’re sure to find something to suit your needs and your budget at our accommodation partner booking.com.​​

Shopping in IJmuiden

​IJmuiden has various shops and supermarkets to keep you entertained throughout the day. There are shops that meet all needs, whether you are searching for souvenirs or the latest branded clothing.

If you fancy shopping on a larger scale, then you can visit Amsterdam which is only a short 30-45 minute drive away. Here, there is something for everyone, from department stores to traditional Dutch shops. 

​Eating out in IJmuiden

Choose from a variety of many restaurants and bars in IJmuiden. IJmuiden has restaurants that offer something to suit all taste buds. With themed restaurants such as seafood, Italian, Greek, Indian, Chinese as well as ice-cream parlours, even the pickiest eater will feel at home. Some of these fine restaurants include: 
Augusta Restaurant
This local French restaurant/hotel offers everything in French cuisine. Being one of the most recommended restaurants in IJmuiden, the Augusta is sure to not disappoint. Although renovated, the building has been there for over a century but the authentic style has been kept. The Augusta also has a bar with an open fire and restaurant, sure to please any tourist.  http://www.augusta.nl/
Kop van de Haven Restaurant
This restaurant specialises in the seafood cuisine. With IJmuiden being located on the coast, the produce is extremely fresh, adding special taste. The Kop van de Haven also offers free Wi-Fi to its customers. http://www.kopvandehaven.nl/
De Meerplaats Restaurant
This is a traditional Dutch restaurant that offers foods of the North Sea as well as having a large selection of wines to meet your tastes. All produce is again local and fresh, giving your meal that little bit extra flavour. De Meerplaats is sure to send your taste buds wild and make you want to try something different. http://www.meerplaats.nl/
Chi Ling Restaurant
The Chi Ling restaurant specialises in Chinese cuisine, offering generous portions to add value for money. Here, all types of Chinese food can be ordered, as well as special dishes such as Peking duck and steaks. A mixture of friendly staff and a selection of wines to accompany your food make your experience even better. http://www.chiling.nl/

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