Cruises from IJmuiden
IJmuiden, Netherlands, is located at the mouth of the North Sea Canal leading to Amsterdam, lying approximately 17 km north of Haarlem. It is known as North Holland’s gate to the North Sea due to the canal that connects the North Sea with the IJ Bay in Amsterdam. The places to be seen include the Zee-en Haven Museum in the city, the Hoogovens Museum, and the system of sluice gates at the mouth of the canal. Be sure to visit the centrepiece of the town plan, the Velsen Municipality Hall.
The North Sea locks, also a must-see, are among the largest in the world at 50m and 12m width.