N52.9493/ O4.71869 (latitude and longitude)
Entrance: Admiraal Verhuellplein (next to Fort Kijkduin)
On the edge of Den Helder you find the old village of Huisduinen, with one of the oldest and most beautiful lighthouses of the Netherlands. After a nice walk along the old Fort Kijkduin and the dike you will reach the beach entrance of Huisduinen. This is the northernmost beach entrance of the mainland of the Netherlands. Here you will find a quiet family beach with a beach pavilion.
There is a new pavilion named Factor 30 for drinks and snacks during summertime. It is often start or finish of sports events. There are toilets and a beach shower.
Lighthouse “De Lange Jaap”
The highest cast iron lighthouse in Europe (63.45 meters) was built in 1877.
Old Napoleonic fort built in 1811-1813. Now home of the Museum and Sea Aquarium Fort Kijkduin. There are regular tours of the fort by enthusiastic volunteers. www.fortkijkduin.nl
Grafelijkheidsduinen directly behind the beach
This area used to be the property of the Counts of Egmond. (“Grafelijkheidsduinen” means “Dunes owned by the Counts”.) The area was later used for water extraction. When the water collection stopped in 1982, a beautiful area with dune lakes arose. Now the area is managed by Landscape Noord Holland. In the part that is closed off, Highland cattle and Konik horses are kept. The walking and biking trails in the area are freely accessible and in the summer trips are organized by Landscape Noord Holland.
Storm aan Zee
A bar with snacks and beautiful views of the sea and the island of Texel. Arrangements can be made for meetings and outdoor activities. www.stormaanzee.nl
Restaurant Nogal Wiedus
On top of the dike, overlooking the sea and the island of Texel. www.nogalwiedus.nl
With its fine dining restaurant and brasserie on the top floor. grandhotelbeatrix.nl
Parking and accessibility
The beach is best reached by bike. If you come by car, parking is free in Huisduinen. You can park at the top of the dike at Fort Kijkduin (limited number of spaces) or at the lower Mesdagstraat (through the gate). In the summer season the Kustbus bus service (851) runs from Den Helder railway station to the beach. The bus stops at Fort Kijkduin. From there it’s a 5 minute walk to the beach.
Access for disabled
The beach entrance is fully paved, but it is a fairly steep slope along the promenade, which makes the beach less accessible for the disabled. The beaches Duinoord, Zandloper and Julianadorp in the municipality of Den Helder have special facilities for disabled visitors and are more accessible.