Hook of Holland
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Hook of Holland (Dutch Hoek van Holland or De Hoek, literally "The Corner") is a small town on the Nieuwe Waterweg ship canal near the North Sea coast in Rijnmond. It is well connected to the nearby regional hub, Rotterdam. Most notable for travellers is Hook's ferry port, which has had services to the East of England since 1893.
There are two railway stations. Hoek van Holland Haven is close to the town centre and adjacent to the ferry terminal. Hoek van Holland Strand is near the beach.
MAESLANT- Storm surge barrier across the New Waterway. A world-class engineering master piece. The barrier weighs more than the Eiffel tower and slides across the New waterway to prevent the ingress of the North Sea into Rotterdam. Group Tours with prior arrangement: Mondays-Fridays :10.00-16.00 hours for individual tours are given Sat and Sun from 11-1700 hrs. On Saturdays and Sundays a bus leaves for the Barrier House from Hook of Holland Station every half-hour. The bus runs during the Barrier House opening hours.
Fort Hook van Holland - pre WW2 underground concrete fort tasked with protecting Rotterdam from invasion from the sea. Surrendered to the Germans without firing a shot.(Museum open first weekend every month from Feb to Nov 1PM to 4:30PM.)Adults over 12 € 6,50 Stationsweg 82