The Noordzeekanaal or North Sea Canal is a great waterborne introduction to the Netherlands.
The canal links Amsterdam to the North Sea at Ijmuiden,
Ijmuiden looked interesting from our ship, with a huge industrial plant/ power station on the opposite canal bank.
The canal is, at this point some 200 meters wide, with some small islands by the sea locks, and WW2 fortifications. Bizarrely there were beach huts on one side of the small estuary, and huge wind turbines plus the industrial plant on the other.
Huge twin towers on either side of the canal, had people guessing as to what they were, (but photos on TC indicated that they were ventilation towers for the autobahn underneath the canal).
Its a real assortment of craft that use the canal, including the fast express hydrofoil from Amsterdam to Ijmuiden.
We did not see much wildlife though.
The Amsterdam cruise ship terminal is within 800 meters of the Centraal station (beware of cycles if walking between the two)
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