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6x Gründe, warum Sie die Festungsstadt Brielle besuchen sollten

6x reasons why you should visit fortified town Brielle

20 May 2022

The old fortified town of Brielle has a rich history, so Brielle alone has 400 monuments. But there is much more to find in this old fortified town, such as a pilgrimage church, a museum, an old Kruithuis with a rich history and much more! Imagine yourself back in time and discover Brielle.

Relax on the beach

From Brielle it's only a 15-minute drive to the beach at Rockanje. Because of its ideal location, the beach of Rockanje is perfect for sun lovers. In addition, the beach slopes gently towards the sea, making this beach also very suitable for children. For a snack or drink you can go to one of the five beach bars. Coming by car? Then you can park your car on one of the large car parks or in the village Rockanje. 

Admire the Pilgrimage Church

As the name suggests, the Pilgrimage Church is part of a pilgrimage complex. Behind the church is the Martyrs' Field. At the Martyrs' Field, you will also find a pond that used to be the monastery's fishpond. The Pilgrimage Church is a unique complex that still attracts many pilgrims every year. The Pilgrimage Church is open to the public daily during the summer months of July and August.

Photo: Beleef Brielle

Discover the Asylum Square

The Asylplein is perhaps one of the most special places in Brielle. The Asyl voor Oude en Gebrekkige Zeelieden was founded in 1872 to house old and poor sailors. From 1947, it was also possible for non-sailors to register for housing. At this square, you will find several monuments. For example, you will find the Johan Beenbank with a plaque of Johan Been designed by the Brielse artist M.L. Middelhoek.

Photo: Stichting Asyl voor oude en gebrekkige zeelieden

Discover the history of the fortified town of Brielle in Historisch Museum Den Briel

Experience the Eighty Years' War in the Historical Museum Den Briel. In this museum, there is plenty to see, hear and experience about the Eighty Years' War. The museum is housed in the old town hall, the former city prison and the former weigh house. Naturally, the museum will dwell on the capture of Brielle by the Sea Beggars.

Photo: Historisch Museum Den Briel/

Find out the story of the Kruithuis

The Kruithuis in Brielle is not just a house, the Kruithuis carries a rich story with it.  The former warehouse dates from 1633 and is a reminder of Brielle's garrison past. This house used to serve as a warehouse for the herb for the cannons and guns. Nowadays, you can find an exhibition in the Kruithuis about the history of the 1 April celebrations in Brielle.


Take a ride on the horse-drawn tram

A fun way to discover the town of Brielle is by horse-drawn tram. From Wednesday to Saturday, you can ride in a horse-drawn carriage through the centre of Brielle. The horse tram starts at 12:00 at the Martelaren van Gorcum Pilgrimage Church and runs until 16:00. You can ride along for a small fee of 3 euros!

Are you looking for a hotel stay in the old fortified town of Brielle? Bastion Hotel Brielle is only a 5-minute walk from the centre of Brielle!



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