Places to Visit in Vlaardingen, Netherlands, Europe
Vlaardingen is a city belonging to the province of South Holland in the Netherlands. It is situated at the confluence of the Nieuwe Maas and Oude Maas rivers covering an area of 26.69 sq. km. The municipality of Vlaardingen is made up of 8 districts including Vlaardingen. The economy of Vlaardingen is based on its industrial sector, especially on a research centre.
Geography of Vlaardingen:
Vlaardingen is geographically positioned between 51°54′ N latitude and 4°21′ E longitude, around 80 km southwest of Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands.
History of Vlaardingen:
According to 1990’s archeological findings, Vlaardingen was originally settled around 1300 BC. Vlaardingen was once destroyed by flood disaster in the year 1163 and it gained city rights in 1273 by Floris V, Count of Holland.
How to reach Vlaardingen?
Vlaardingen is served by Rotterdam The Hague Airport which is the 3rd largest airport of the Netherlands after Amsterdam and Eindhoven airports. This airport handles flights from and to many important European cities such as Munich, Madrid, Malaga, Marrakech, Prague, Rome, London and Istanbul.
There are taxis always available at the airport and also one can use train or bus for inexpensive airport travel. It is advised for tourists to book rental cars through online prior to reaching the airport for more comfort and convenient travel.
Culture, Food and Shopping in Vlaardingen:
Vlaardingen is the site of many grand festivals of which the Vlaardings Loggerfestival is the major one, celebrated in the month of June annually. The city also houses many museums showcasing the fishing culture of the region.
The major food corners in Vlaardingen are listed below:
- El Loco Babbe
- Koffie- en Theeschenkerij De Zeeman
- Smakelijk Eten en Drinken
- Visbakkerij De Vleet
Visitors can head towards the Rotterdam city (14 km) for better shopping experience and more delicious food items.
Things to do in Vlaardingen:
- Boat riding
- Vlaardings Loggerfestival
Tourist Attractions in Vlaardingen:
The Museum Vlaardingen is a museum devoted to the commercial sea fishing in Vlaardingen. Here tourists can learn the process and marketing of fishing through well preserved objects and exhibitions. It is situated at the harbor.
Located in the heart of the Vlaardingen city, the Grote Kerk or Big Church is the main religious site in Vlaardingen which was originally built between 1156 and 1164, later several times rebuilt after heavily damaged by the natural disasters.
Old town hall:
The Old town hall in Vlaardingen dates from the 1650 and is located in the city centres, used for several special occasions including weddings. It is still good in condition.
Other places of interest in and around Vlaardingen include:
- Weighing Bridge
- The Visbank
- The Oude Lijnbaan
- Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
- Rotterdam Zoo
- Nederlands Fotomuseum
- De Verwoeste Stad Statue
- De Vier Winden
- Netherlands Architecture institute
- Chabot Museum
- Museum of Chess-Pieces
- SSN Museumstoomdepot
- Museum De Dubbelde Palmboom
- Het Schielandshuis
- Oorlogs Verzets Museum
Best time to visit Vlaardingen:
From April to October is generally the best time to trip Vlaardingen in the Netherlands.
Accommodation Options in Vlaardingen:
Vlaardingen is home to around 10 well known accommodation centres categorized as hotels, camping, BB and inns. It is advised for tourists to reach the Rotterdam city (around 14 km) for better hospitality services with latest facilities and services. Here are some nice hotels in and around Vlaardingen:
- Delta Hotel Rotterdam
- Ibis Rotterdam Vlaardingen
- Bastion Deluxe Hotel Rotterdam Beneluxtunnel
- Campanile Vlaardingen
- Bastion Hotel Rotterdam
- Buitenhotel De Vreemde Vogel
- Regardz Airport Hotel Rotterdam
- Novotel Rotterdam-Schiedam
- Campanile Rotterdam Oost
- Rechthuis van Zouteveen
- BEST WESTERN Art Hotel Rotterdam
- Hotel Rotterdam-Blijdorp
- Bed & Breakfast Loogiesch
- Hotel Restaurant Rijnmond
- Tourist Travel Inn
- Aan de Kwakel