The stunning location of the vast Haringvliet inlet has played an important role in the course of the history of Hellevoetsluis; earning it the name of a ‘Fortification town on the Haringvliet'. The Vesting fortress with its harbours and fortifications is steeped in history.

  • 17th century: The origin of the Vesting

    05 april 2013

    Water and Hellevoetsluis have been connected for centuries. Thanks to its favourable and strategic location on the Haringvliet inlet, at the beginning of the 17th century Hellevoetsluis became a home port for the Dutch war fleet; a port that was later continually fortified, resulting in a unique combination of a fortification town and a war port. The port has been the home port to renowned admirals such as de Ruyter, Tromp and Piet Hein.

  • Outport of Rotterdam

    05 april 2013

    During the 18th century, as a result of an economic recession, there was a considerable decline in economic activity. Practically no investments were made in the fleet and the navy port became quiet. Changes came about with the opening of the Droogdok (dry dock) in 1806 and the expansions to the quay during the 19th century.

  • Town of growth

    05 april 2013

    In 1960, the former naval town was joined to the adjacent municipalities of Nieuwenhoorn and Nieuw-Helvoet; and the name of the new municipality became Hellevoetsluis. In the 1970s, Hellevoetsluis was designated as a growth centre, becoming the town with the second largest number of inhabitants on the isle of Voorne-Putten.