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Den Helder

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Den Helder is a municipality and a city in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland. Den Helder occupies the northernmost point of the North Holland peninsula. It is home to the country's main naval base. From here the Royal TESO ferryboat service operates the transportation link between Den Helder and the nearby Dutch Wadden island of Texel to the north.EtymologyBefore the year 1928 the official name of Den Helder was Helder. The origin of the name Helder isn't entirely clear. The name Helder may have come from Helle/Helde, which means "hill" or "hilly grounds", or from Helre, which means a sandy ridge. Another explanation is that the name derived from Helsdeur (Hell's Door), likely because in the water between Den Helder and Texel (called Marsdiep) the current was so strong that many ships were lost.HistoryHuisduinen was the original older part of the city, whereas Helder itself was a nearby smaller hamlet. Due to its strategic location at the tip of the North Holland peninsula, multiple fortifications were built in the area.Den Helder has played an important part in Dutch shipping. During the Dutch Golden Age, ships would be assembled near Den Helder and sail from there the world's oceans.On 23January 1795, the French captured 14 Dutch ships and 850 guns in the town's deep-frozen harbour. In 1799 the city was the target of the Anglo-Russian invasion of Holland.
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Military Museum
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Duration: 4 hours
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Oranjerie De Groene Parel Den Helder
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Neighborhood
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Hidden gems in Den Helder

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Nationaal Reddingmuseum Dorus Rijkers
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Outdoor Activity
De Klimvallei B.V.
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Theme Park
De Helderse Vallei
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Brewery
Stadsbrouwerij Helderse Jongens
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Duration: 1h 30 min

Wildlife in Den Helder

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Wildlife Area
Donkere Duinen
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Wildlife Area
Het Nollenlandschap
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Duration: 1h 30 min

Parks in Den Helder

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De Nollen
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Duration: 2h 30 min

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