Discover Den Helder at its best

Cycling in Den Helder, North Holland, The Netherlands

Cycling route 196075

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5174 81
22.8 km
01:20 h
401 kcal
8 m
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When you think of Den Helder, you think of water and a rich maritime history. But in and around this naval city you will also find many beautiful nature reserves. This route introduces you to the varied green belt around the city.

Soon after boarding, you will pass the Timor Park, which has been laid out in an English landscape style. Via the line dike you cycle to Fort Dirksz. Admiral, one of the four fortresses of the Defense Line of Den Helder. This theorem was developed by Napoleon. He found the city's location ideal for a naval port and associated defenses.

You drive past the artistic Nollen landscape of the late artist Ruud van de Wint to the Mariëndal, where low dunes and dune grasslands now grow on the former bulb soil. Through the pine forest of the Donkere Duinen you drive into the Grafheidsduinen. Both nature reserves are formed from the remains of two old Wadden islands that grew together in the sixteenth century by drifting sand.

In the distance you can already see Lange Jaap, a lighthouse that was lit in 1878. At almost 64 meters it is the highest cast iron lighthouse in Europe. Before you reach the lighthouse, you can make another exit to Fort Kijkduin, one of those other fortresses from the Defense Line of Den Helder.

The route then leads you along the coast to the harbor of Den Helder. You will pass the Naval Museum, among other things, where you can experience the past and present of the Dutch navy first hand. On board some museum ships, former crew members tell wonderful anecdotes. You might even see one of the Dutch warships in the harbor of the Royal Netherlands Navy. Via the eastern side of Den Helder you cycle to the fairly new Schooterduinpark and Rehorstpark.
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# Description Distance
20 (1782MH, Den Helder, North Holland, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
6 (1784NV, Den Helder, North Holland, The Netherlands) 3.35 km
99 (Jolstraat, 1784NL, Den Helder, North Holland, The Netherlands) 4.57 km
2 (Jan Verfailleweg, 1783 BW, Den Helder, North Holland, The Netherlands) 5.41 km
5 (Jan Verfailleweg, 1783BW, Den Helder, North Holland, The Netherlands) 6.49 km
Lange Jaap (Zeeweg, 1789AB, Den Helder, North Holland, The Netherlands) 9.99 km

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