At the northern tip of the Northern Holland peninsular, the city of Den Helder is the gateway to the islands beyond. Ferries leave here for the string of Frisian Islands that are dotted along the rest of the Dutch coast. Hire a car in Den Helder to explore the mainland or take a ferry to the nearest island, Texel. Tourists here typically cycle, walk, swim or ride horses. Back on the mainland, there are some memorable drives available, including the 2-miles stretch of the A7 motorway across the Afsluitdijk dam with the Wadden Sea on one side and the Ijsselmeer Lake on the other.
If you hire a car in Den Helder, you'll find the maritime location means everything has a hint of its maritime function. This is the home of the Netherland's largest naval base and the city has a large busy harbour. Den Helder also has Europe's tallest cast iron lighthouse and is the terminus of a canal from Amsterdam, 60 miles south. One of the main attractions is the Dutch Navy Museum and the old naval dockyards have become a major leisure and recreation area of restaurants and cinemas. The old naval fort at Kijkduin houses a museum and aquarium, and there's an excellent museum of maritime rescue along the waterfront.
Opening hours:Mo-Fr 0830-1730, Sa-Su closed
With a wide range of travellers passing through our locations every day, we've got a wide range of vehicles on offer to suit your needs - from smart executive saloons to compact family hatchbacks. ***
***Specific cars may not be available when booking
Please note that from 15 Nov to 15 Apr many cities are required by law to restrict the circulation to only vehicles equipped with snow chains or winter tyres. For a summary of the orders, please visit www.poliziadistato.it. To comply with the regulations, in specific locations subject to this requirement, vehicles are equipped with snow chains - the price is included in the rental charges through the cost of "Winterization Fee". At pick-up if you decide to bring your own snow chains or do not intend on driving on the roads subject to this requirement, you may decline the equipment by signing the appropriate release form. This change will be reflected in the rental charges. For more information on the fees, please click here. In all other regions, we recommend that you check before renting if your journey includes one of the roads subject to this requirement and therefore request the snow chains, if necessary.