The North Sea Canal (Nordzeekanaal)
The IJmuiden Bunker Museum 
The Nationaal Park Zuid-Kennemerland

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A reassuring view

Located amidst the woods and the uncontaminated lagoons of the Nationaal Park Zuid-Kennemerland, you can admire the town of IJmuiden, on the Nordzeekanaal during your MSC cruise of Northern Europe.
In IJmuiden your cruise ship will lay anchor in the waters of the North Sea Canal (Nordzeekanaal) one of the most gigantic, hydraulic engineering works in the world. It is this 24km long canal that enables big ships to reach Amsterdam. IJmuiden is a quiet town with small, red brick houses, each with its own little front garden.

This is a seaside resort for the Dutch but, above all, an important fishing centre; its fish market is the second largest in the country and its port is amongst the first ten largest ports in Western Europe. IJmuiden is less than 150 years old and originally it was just the place where the labourers working on the Nordzeekanaal lived.

Later, in the course of the second world war, it was requisitioned by the Germans who turned it into a sort of fortress, as you can see when you visit the Ijmuiden Bunker Museum. While on your MSC cruise of Northern Europe, and particularly when in the Netherlands, the greatest attraction are the canals. Less than 15km from IJmuiden, an excursion to Haarlem will take you to a place where you can enjoy a rhythm and an atmosphere which are very different to those of the port where you landed.

A former centre for the production of textiles, it is a medium size town with an attractive centre definitely worth visiting. On the banks of the Spaarne river you will find the characteristic de Adriaan, a hexagonal mill built in 1778 but rebuilt after a fire destroyed it in1932.

Must see places in IJmuiden

  • Anna Frank Museum

    Anna Frank Museum

  • Canal cruise

    Canal cruise

  • Windmill


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    Reach the port

    Port of IJmuiden

    This section contains information on how to reach the port.

    Cruise Terminal:

    Cruiseboulevard 10
    1976 EB IJmuiden

    Reach the port by

    • Car

      Exit the A9 at junction A22 for IJmuiden/Beverwijik. Follow the signs for IJmuiden and turn left at the traffic lights. When you reach the Pontplein (ferry to Velsen Noord/Beverwijk) follow the Kanaaldijk (canal) alongside the North Sea Canal (on your right). Having passed the viaduct, take the second exit off both the following roundabouts to proceed along the Kromhoutstraat. On the Kromhoutstraat take the first exit on the right, following the sign for IJmond Haven. This takes you along the Strandweg, which eventually transitions into the Zeehavenweg. After around 500 metres you will see the entrance to the Felison Cruise Terminal on your right. 

      The Felison Cruise Terminal can be reached by bus, taking Connexxion bus route 82 to IJmuiden aan Zee. This bus departs from the Marnixstraat in Amsterdam and stops at Amsterdam’s Sloterdijk Station, among other places. Get off at the Badweg bus stop, after which it is a 600-metre (1/3 mile) walk to the terminal. About 10 metres of this route are not paved, so please take this into account if you have heavy luggage or difficulty walking.
    • Plane

      Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is around an hour away from Beverwijk and Driehuis. 
      There is a regular train service from the Airport to Beverwijk or Driehuis. 
      Travel time: about 50-60 minutes.

      You can also take a taxi from outside the airport. 
      Travel time: about 30 minutes depending on traffic.


    The land of the wooden clogs
    The land of the wooden clogs

    Although almost half of it was once under water, the Netherlands is one of the most urbanized – and densely populated – nations on earth, with a huge amount of interest packed into a relatively small area.

    A holiday to the Netherlands will help you understand why it’s a remarkable country, a largely man-made affair, around half of which lies at or below sea level. One-fifth of the Netherlands is made up of… water. Without protection, two-thirds of the country would be regularly flooded.

    The lowest point in the Netherlands – at seven metres below sea level – is also Europe’s lowest point. A cruise to the Netherlands means a fertile, pancake-flat landscape gridded with drainage ditches and canals, beneath huge open skies, while the country’s towns and villages are often pristine and unchanged places of gabled townhouses, pretty canals and church spires.

    Despite the country’s diminutive dimensions, each town is often a profoundly separate place with its own distinct identity – indeed there’s perhaps nowhere else in the world where you can hear so many different accents, even dialects, in such a small area.

    In spring and summer the bulb fields provide bold splashes of colour, and in the west and north the long coastline is marked by mile upon mile of protective dune, backing onto wide stretches of perfect sandy beach.