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Description of Heemskerk

Heemskerk is a small historic town situated in a province of North Holland in Netherlands. It is famous for numerous medieval structures as well as military fortification known as Fort Veldhuis that was constructed in the late 19th century. Heemskerk is a municipality and city in the Dutch province of North Holland about 22 km northwest of Amsterdam. The center is located about six kilometers east of the North Sea coast, eleven kilometers west of Zaanstad, three kilometers north of Beverwijk and 14 kilometers south of Alkmaar. The municipality consists of the homonymous city Heemskerk and from the districts Heemskerkerduin, Waterakkers, Noorddorp, Assumburg, De Maer and Zuidbroek. On August 31, 2017, it had 39,092 inhabitants and an area of 27.43 km ², of which 1.11 km ² consists of water surfaces. The highest point is a 25 meter high dune in the well five kilometers wide and partially wooded dune belt between the North Sea beach and the town center.


Travel Destinations in Heemskerk

Castle Assumburg (Heemskerk)

Chateau Marquette (Heemskerk)

Fort Veldhuis (Heemskerk)

Hervormde Kerk (Heemskerk)







Heemskerk has its own train station on the Haarlem-Alkmaar line; another is in the neighboring town Uitgeest between Alkmaar and Amsterdam. Past the community, the A9 runs with junctions in Heemskerk, Beverwijk and Castricum. Schiphol International Airport is 23 km south.

In the village, where a good many strawberries used to be cultivated, agriculture plays practically no role, most of the inhabitants commute to the big cities, in particular to the blast furnaces of Corus in IJmuiden or to Amsterdam; others work in the service sector or work in smaller industrial companies. Also there are, because of the proximity to the North Sea, some hospitals.

Since the municipality itself has virtually no developed beach section, tourism - in contrast to neighboring communities such as Castricum - is not a significant economic factor.

The first written mention of the city took place in 1063. In the 12th and 13th centuries Heemskerk was the scene of many disputes between West Frisians and the Count of Holland. There were also some castles as a border fortress. The castle Heemskerk still exists as a house Marquette. Also the Assumburg has been preserved. When the IJmuiden blast furnaces began operation, the farming village began its development to Trabantstadt.






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