Much of the towns fortifications have survived the test of time, and seen from the air, the typical shape of the traditional Old-Dutch fortification structure is still clearly visible.
phone: +31 181 472662address: Turfkade 18The tourist information office here serves is the main one for the area, with lots of information
There's no train station in town, and if you're planning to get here by public transport, your best bet is to head for Rotterdam and on by metro to Spijkenisse. From there, regular bus services run to Brielle. Total travelling times include about 2h from Amsterdam Central Station or just over an hour from Rotterdam.
phone: +31 6 30161399address: Slagveld 56Renting out is this place's main business. There are no electric bikes for rent, but a range of normal bicycles, boats and (motor supported) paddle boats are available. If you're camping in the area, you might like to know they also rent out barbecues and some other things.
With some 400 buildings and structures on the national heritage list, there's no way to escape some cultural sightseeing in this charming little town.
- The main star-shaped structure of defensive walls and canals has changed little since its construction in 1713, making Brielle one of the best preserved fortified towns in the Netherlands. The nine bastions and five ravelins were nicely restored in the 1970s and several of the original city gates are still present. Interesting elements of the walls include a mid-18th-century porter's house as well as:
Langepoort (gate)A robust 1704 brick gate.
't Vliegend HertThis windmill is a replica of the official 19th century city mill. As common at the time, the mill is situated on the walls for the purpose of enjoying the free-flowing wind.
Other sights include;
Grote of Sint-CatharijnekerkThis massive church would have been the largest in Holland of that time, but the structure was never completed. Building started in 1417 but the last bricks were added in 1482, when only the main nave and a 57 meter tower was completed. A stained glass window depicts the wedding of William of Orange and his third wife, which took place here in 1575, after the church was looted and turned into a Protestant church during the Dutch Reformation. It's possible to climb the stairs of the tower, for a nice view over town.
Arsenaaladdress: Corner of Rozemarijnstraat and LijnbaanThe town's weapon depot was built in 1708 and served as a military structure until 1922. Today, it's the impressive home of Brielle's library.
address: Markt 1This small but comprehensive museum gives an insight in the town's history, particularly of its role in the Eighty Years' War. It is housed in the 18th-century City Hall, for which the façade was created by Johannes van Westenhout in 1790.
address: Nobelstraat 50This shop sells antiques and bric-à-brac. It's surely one of the most charming little stores, if you're interested in their kind of ware. Opening hours are not set in stone, and usually it's only open in the afternoons. In off-season the hours are more limited. Your best bet is to just walk by and see, or check the website.
phone: +31 181 416161address: Kaatsbaan 1-3An all time favourite in town, this old-fashioned diner serves simple but tasty dishes for a friendly price. The food is traditional, like stews, spare-ribs or clams, but it's all fresh and there are a few good vegetarian options too.
phone: +31 181 283036address: Lijnbaan 1-2This is no pizzeria, but a good Italian restaurant with a fine collection of wines. It serves a range of pastas, fish and meat dishes, mostly in traditional Italian fashion.
phone: +31 181 - 416 684address: Voorstraat 126Go here if you're craving Greek food, or if you're on a limited budget.
phone: +31 181 411231address: Turfkade 14This small place has a nice view over the harbour and serves breakfast, lunch, high tea and simple dinners. It's also a good place for some Italian ice-cream.
Café Dixiaddress: Maarland zz 1-3This has been a café for over 120 years, but it's still one of the most lively places. Nice terrace overlooking the harbour, makes a good place for a beer on a summer evening.
phone: +31 181 413455address: Nobelstraat 20This simple and a bit old-fashioned hotel is part of a mini chain of three hotels in different parts of the country. Facilities are fairly basic and the rooms on the small side, but otherwise pleasant. The place has a 3 star rating and is situated in the centre of town. This place offers some good last minute discounts now and then, which make it more interesting.
If you're more in the mood for nature, consider a visit to the Biesbosch National Park.