What to do and see in Ijmuiden, The Netherlands: The Best Places and Tips

August 19, 2017 Alida England

Discover the best top things to do in Ijmuiden, The Netherlands including Speeltuin De Veilige Haven, Dutch Pedelec Tours, Ijmuider zee- en Havenmuseum, DFDS Seaways, DFDS Seaways, Felison Terminal, Bunker Museum IJmuiden, Kennemer LoopFiets, SHIP Sluis Haven Informatie Punt, Panser fort IJmuiden, IJmuidense Rondvaart Maatschappij - Boat Tours.
Restaurants in Ijmuiden

1. Speeltuin De Veilige Haven

Heerenduinweg 6A, 1971 JE Ijmuiden, Velsen, The Netherlands +31 255 518 077
Excellent
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4.5 based on 28 reviews

Speeltuin De Veilige Haven

Reviewed By RenateVink - Cape Town Central, South Africa

The Playground is open after 13h00 and has an admission fee of 1 Euro per person. Drinks and snacks are very affordable. The grounds are big and there is plenty to play. Bring a book, let your kid(s) loose, put your feet up and enjoy.

2. Dutch Pedelec Tours

Sluisplein 80, 1975 AG Ijmuiden, Velsen, The Netherlands +31 6 55824710
Excellent
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5 based on 25 reviews

Dutch Pedelec Tours

Dutch Pedelec Tours is a company that focuses on the rental of high quality e-bikes (pedelecs) in Ijmuiden and environment. With our team of motivated and serious staff we provide several trips through the area. We have the best routes for you and thanks to the comfort of our e-bikes can be a relaxing way to enjoy the surroundings. You can use a (small group) to use the services of a professional guide or an e-bike for a few hours and hire themselves on the road. Outside our pickup points you can e-bikes delivered to your hotel or campsite.

Reviewed By Rustylou63 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom

These bikes are brilliant. Simply brilliant. And so is the service and help in finding routes to take. On top of that you get all the accoutrements - very good saddle bags, high viz, poncho and a helmet too (we didn't take the helmet!)
Whether you like to go really fast, or just like to enjoy the countryside, you'll like these! They work beautifully. The electric packs are like little magical boosts of power when you are tired, or you are wanting to overtake someone on a hill, or there is a headwind, or you just want to go really really fast!! The rest of the bikes is pretty good too. There are more than 3 gears (3 is the norm for dutch bikes - their riders all have massive thighs!), which all changed smoothly and when you want them too. They have handlebar brakes instead of pedal brakes, another plus if you are not used to the backpedal stop that a lot of Dutch bikes have.
I was hesitant at first, the price being double what it is for hiring a regular bike. My boyfriend and I are both fairly fit and gluttons for the physical punishment of long distance cycling/ runnning. Did we really need that electric pack? YES! Those bikes were the best part of our little Dutch adventure!
Get your own map though. The ones provided are limited to the Ijmuiden area.

3. Ijmuider zee- en Havenmuseum

Havenkade 55, 1973 AK Ijmuiden, Velsen, The Netherlands +31 255 538 007
Excellent
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4.5 based on 25 reviews

Ijmuider zee- en Havenmuseum

Reviewed By Kennemerstrand - Ijmuiden, The Netherlands

Lovely small museum on the local nautical and fishery heritage. Is being staffed by local volunteers .

4. DFDS Seaways

Sluisplein 33, 1975 AG Ijmuiden, Velsen, The Netherlands
Excellent
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3.5 based on 92 reviews

DFDS Seaways

Reviewed By koekeloer - Amsterdam

We sailed from Ijmuiden to Newcastle (tuesday) and back to Ijmuiden (friday). We were lucky to have 2 smooth sailings. We had an outside cabin, 2 bunk beds. You need to be young and flexible to get into the upper bed I think. Cabin was small, but very clean. On the return trip (deck 4) we found the cabin newer as the first trip (deck 5).
Food was very expensive, so we had dinner before boarding and brakfast after getting off the ship.
On the return trip, there were a lot of UK youngsters, having a "drink till you drop" trip to Amsterdam. However, our cabing was quiet, but you might have noise if these persons are next to your cabin.
Staff was great, they let us board first with our bicycles when it started to rain in Newcastle. Getting to you bicycle to get off the ship is not so easy, as it is packed with truck trailers. Will do this again I think

5. DFDS Seaways, Felison Terminal

Sluisplein 55, 1975 AG Ijmuiden, Velsen, The Netherlands +31 255 546 666
Excellent
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3.5 based on 57 reviews

DFDS Seaways, Felison Terminal

Reviewed By Vikki W - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

I'm sorry to say, I'm giving this a terrible rating.....mainly due to very anti-social passengers who think that it's perfectly acceptable to start partying the deck outside our cabin for almost 2 hours, from 2.15am - 4.30am right underneath the wheelhouse - which makes it much worse as there is no way the Captain or staff in there DIDN'T hear it. So, not content with playing loud music, screaming at each other, they then start knocking on our window and then coming inside and punching the doors - in truth, we were all petrified...trying to console a frightened 8 year old at the time of the morning, is not what I envisioned at all.
When we left in the morning, we noticed that all the doors were dented, so I can only presume we weren't the only ones subjected to this. So glad we paid the extra to have a sea view....never again!!!!!!
Now what's made me give it a terrible rating is the fact that I sent a facebook message on our return, got a reply apologising and saying that customer services would be in contact within 10 working days - that time has passed and we've not received a word. Very, very disappointed and I can honestly say I'd never use them again.

6. Bunker Museum Ijmuiden

Badweg 38, 1976 BZ Ijmuiden, Velsen, The Netherlands
Excellent
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4 based on 23 reviews

Bunker Museum Ijmuiden

Reviewed By Edoardo S

2 hours tour in which you get to know kind of all, even to much ??. It's nice to get in some of the bunkers and you can also admire the amazing sunset!!

7. Kennemer LoopFiets

Kennemerlaan 167, 1972 EM Ijmuiden, Velsen, The Netherlands
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5 based on 6 reviews

Kennemer LoopFiets

Lopifit, tours with first real e-walking bike!

Reviewed By Urban_Edm

I had saw a video someone had posted of a walking bike and thought it looked like a lot of fun. After some investigating I contacted Evelien who has a LoopFiets shop in the town of Ijmuiden just outside of Amsterdam. She was absolutely fantastic to work with and she organized our booking in advance of our trip to Holland. The LoopFiet is a walking bike and totally different from a regular bike which makes for a unique experience. Evelien's shop is located right next to a national park so plenty of trails to explore, including nearby ocean Beaches, on the walking bike. It was an amazing experience and our four hour rental flew by. Super easy to get to via local transport from Amsterdam and Evelien provided us travel information to make sure we would not get lost. The rental rate was 30 Euros for 4 hours. We picked up food for a picnic and had an amazing time on our treadmill bikes! Totally recommend to anyone who wants to get a little bit off the tourist track while in Amsterdam!

8. SHIP Sluis Haven Informatie Punt

Noordersluisweg 1, 1975 AM Ijmuiden, Velsen, The Netherlands +31 255 516 254
Excellent
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4 based on 8 reviews

SHIP Sluis Haven Informatie Punt

In Ijmuiden we build the worlds largest sea lock. The Port of Amsterdam will become the number four greatest harbor in Europe. In SHIP, the information centre, you can experience the story behind the building process of the lock. SHIP is open every day and the entry is free. A guided tour, including a cup of coffee or tea, is available at 5 euro’s per person and can be booked on the website.

Reviewed By J W - Santpoort-Noord, The Netherlands

This exhibition is really interestingly put together with a good balance between information and activities. Much of it is dutch but enough in english to keep non-dutch speakers interested. Great view from the cafe on the top floor and the roof, although watch out if you take small children up there as it is not completely guarded. We went back through the favourite bits of the exhibition after a snack and in total we were there between 2 and 3 hours.

9. Panser fort Ijmuiden

Forteilend, Ijmuiden, Velsen, The Netherlands
Excellent
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4 based on 9 reviews

Panser fort Ijmuiden

Reviewed By Hansl30 - Hilversum, The Netherlands

We hebben hier met een speciaal voor onze firma met 120 man gegeten. en dat was echt een super leuke ervaring en krijgt een dikke 10

10. IJmuidense Rondvaart Maatschappij - Boat Tours

Sluisplein | Dankzij-terminal, 1975 AG Ijmuiden, Velsen, The Netherlands
Excellent
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

IJmuidense Rondvaart Maatschappij - Boat Tours

Reviewed By TdBoer - Groningen, The Netherlands

Omdat zonnebaden aan het strand niet ons ding is besloten we een rondvaart te maken door de havens van Ijmuiden. De tocht begon om 4 uur en duurde een uur. Omdat het warm was namen wij plaats op het bovendek vanwaar je een goed uitzicht hebt. Er viel genoeg te zien tijdens onze rondvaart. De visafslag, vissersschepen, duikbootbunker, verkeerstoren, het forteiland, de sluizen, de hoogovens van Tata Steel en voorbij varende grote schepen. Na een half uur voeren wij tussen de pieren richting Noordzee en vervolgens in zuidelijke richting naar Bloemendaal. Tijdens de tocht werd er door de schipper de nodige informatie gegeven. Voor mensen die eens wat anders willen tijdens een vakantie aan zee is een rondvaart zeker de moeite waard.

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