IJmuiden is one of the major cruise ports serving Amsterdam (which is about a half-hour drive away). Many cruisers that begin or end a cruise in IJmuiden often stay an extra night or so to visit Amsterdam, since it’s close by. There is also a ton of great things to do and see during your time in IJmuiden as well! This is a perfect starting point for those interested in history, as IJmuiden is filled with museums and castle ruins. As this port city is located on the coast of the North Sea, there are also a few beaches where you can enjoy the weather and partake in water sports. Plus, if you’re looking to visit some more famous attractions, the world-famous city Amsterdam is just a short drive away!
A great time to visit IJmuiden for ideal weather is between May and October. If you plan on spending time in Amsterdam, you may also consider going between April and May, when you can avoid the peak season crowds.
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The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Amsterdam (IJmuiden), along with a brief description:
♦ Brederode Castle
If you’re looking for an authentic learning experience, you’ll find what you’re looking for in Ijumuiden! One of the most interesting highlights of the city is the Brederode Castle, which currently stands in ruins. Originally built during the 13th century, the castle incurred a few attacks throughout the centuries and ceased operation during the 16th century. Today, you can tour the ruins during the summer for a small admission fee. You’ll be free to explore the castle on your own, allowing you to truly take in its medieval atmosphere. Don’t miss the views from the top of the tower! One unique feature of the tour is that you can enjoy a coffee on one of the castle’s terraces. Cultural events, music performances, and shows also occasionally take place here in the summer.
Expand your perspective of Northern Europe with a visit to the many museums of IJmuiden! Bunker Museum IJmuiden is where you can explore a few war-era bunkers. You can view artifacts such as medals, decorations, and weapons, as well as a reproduction of the soldier’s living quarters, in a number of their exhibits. You’ll also get to walk through an actual trench! Other noteworthy museums in IJmuiden are Ijmuider Zee- en Havenmuseum (a maritime museum), Pieter Vermeulen Museum (a natural history museum), and the WOVIJ Bunkers (another guided bunker museum).
♦ Zuid-Kennemerland National Park
If you’re looking to spend some time outdoors while in IJmuiden, then you certainly don’t want to skip over a visit to Zuid-Kennemerland National Park! The beautiful landscape will simply take your breath away as you explore various hiking and biking trails (bike rentals are available). Plus, you’ll even have the chance to spot wild horses, cows, birds, and bison! There is also a white-sand beach where you can kick off your shoes and dip your feet in the refreshing water. There are also for-fee guided cycling and walking tours available where you can learn about nature conservationist Jac P. Thijsse (lunch included!).
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