Nowhere in Europe will you find a place with such a high density of carefully restored monuments that remind you of the lively trading past of the city. Perky warehouses, beautiful patrician houses, lively inland ports, canals and bridges color the city center. Add to that a vibrant range of shops, a museum and a variety of cafes, restaurants and nice terraces and you have every reason to want to see and experience Harlingen!
The Harbour Crane is located at Willemshaven, which is in full development. Until the 1960s, this seaport was mainly used as a loading and unloading place for cargo ships, but has since become a pleasant place where there is plenty to experience. In addition to the harbour crane, you will also find brewery Het Brouwdok, fish restaurant Vitamine Zee, radio light ship ‘Jenni Baynton’ and historic sea tugboat Holland. Willem Barentsz’s ship, the Witte Swaen, is also being rebuilt in Willemshaven. In 1596 this ship ran aground in the ice at Nova Zembla. De Witte Swaen is now being reconstructed as accurately as possible, with many volunteers. The visitor center tells about the special Dutch construction method and the illustrious journey of Barentsz and his crew. Finally, there is a lifelike sperm whale fountain in Willemshaven. This beautiful fountain is part of the 11Fountains art project and is a symbol of Harlingen’s maritime history.