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Fort Kijkduin (Museum and Aquarium)
Ranked #2 of 16 things to do in Den Helder
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Reviewed 4 February 2017

We were looking around and as everything was in Dutch , we thought it wasn't going to be very interesting to us. All of a sudden Marcel appeared and guided us through the entire fort. Explaining the history in detail and with such passion. We really enjoyed our visit to the Fort,thanks to Marcel

Thank Christine W
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Reviewed 18 May 2016

nice historic buildings and nice sealife to see , good restaurant/hotel close to beach near harbour city Den Helder

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Reviewed 4 April 2016

Fort Kijkduin was built by Napoleon after the failed Anglo-Russian invasion of North-Holland. It has undergone a few transformations since then, with the lighthouse being removed and rebuilt a little further on the dunes. Different rooms tell different phases of the history, with a focus on the Napoleonic time and world war 2. A wing and machine gun of a Messerschmitt that went down in the IJsselmeer are on display, as well as several other guns and cannons. From the dome cannonfire was guided to its target in WW2. Now it offers an excellent view over the dunes and the sea. One of the three underground tunnels, connecting different parts of the fort, can still be walked through. I've seen better aquariums, but it is a good way to use some of the space in the fort. The skeleton of a sperm whale on display in the basement is quite impressive. The personnel was happy to give me a private guided tour, which was very informative. I thought it particularly informative that a Russian map of Den Helder, from the cold war era, revealed that nuclear war heads were (and possibly still are!) stationed on the east side of Den Helder. I spent about 3 hours in the fort.

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Reviewed 13 February 2016

The museum is ok. The building is impressive, the aquarium is nice. The restaurant good. Surrounding nature even better.

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Reviewed 27 August 2015 via mobile

My 3 year old enjoyed the aquarium. It's not that big but some nice displays where you can get really close to the fish. The museum looked interesting but all details were in Dutch. It would have been nice if the exhibit details would be in English.

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