Brielle is a historic fortified city with one of the best preserved fortifications in the Netherlands. The city on the Brielse Lake breathes memories of a long past. She has received kings and queens in her rich history and included Admirals, writers, poets and martyrs among her residents
The old fortified city and best-known pilgrimage site of South Holland tells the story of the Libertatis Primitiae, “first of freedom”. through the, over 300, monuments. On April 1, 1572, the city was occupied by the Beggars and took the place of importance in every history book about the eighties war. The city walls with its bastions and ravines still provide protection to the outside world and a safe home for the many churches and treasures of Brielle.
The over 10 km long recreation area, the Brielse Meer, is a green oasis between the island of Voorne on the south side and the port of Rotterdam on the north side of the lake. The lake is very suitable for all kinds of water sports. Surfing, water skiing, airboating, swimming and piercing. The lake offers cozy liveliness, but in the bays and on the islands in the lake there are also peaceful places to be found.
The Hollemare and Derryvliet nature areas are south of Zwartewaal and its ancient creek remains that previously formed an open connection between the Maas and the Haringvliet. Now these creeks form beautiful natural areas with winding dikes with knot willows, reeds and flowery grasslands.
Brielle has a historic harbor. Merchant ships run from Zwartewaal towards the world seas and the port of trade Brielle formed the battlefield of the struggle between the Spaniards and the Beggars on April 1, 1572.
In addition to the approximately 250 permanent berths, the Maritime Center Brielle also offers around 50 passenger stations in the Brielse harbor. The water in and around Brielle is specially designed for the water sports. There are jetties equipped with all modern facilities and always in an environment where a lot of recreation is possible.