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Hoek of Holland Pier

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The Pier at Hoek of Holland

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A: Rotterdam Maasvlakte Slag de Beer

by Henk van den Berg, 1.6 km away

Rotterdam Maasvlakte Slag de Beer

B: Rescue and ferry museum Jan Lels, Hoek van Holland

by Willem Schulte, 1.6 km away

Since 1986 there is a museum in an old ammo bunker built in 1943 in Hoek van Holland. The rescue and ...

Rescue and ferry museum Jan Lels, Hoek van Holland

C: Noorderhoofd Hoek van Holland

by Johan Louw, 1.7 km away

noorderhoofd - hoek van holland

Noorderhoofd Hoek van Holland

D: Baywatch Hook of Holland

by Henk van den Berg, 1.9 km away

Baywatch Hook of Holland

E: Hoek of Holland boulevard

by Henk van den Berg, 2.2 km away

Looking towards the maas entrance at Hoek of Holland

Hoek of Holland boulevard

F: Hoek of Holland Boulevard

by Henk van den Berg, 2.3 km away

Shot taken on a dul day in March.

Hoek of Holland Boulevard

G: De Redder Hoek Van Holland

by Henk van den Berg, 2.5 km away

De Redder Hoek Van Holland

H: RPA16 Engineroom

by Willem Schulte, 2.6 km away

RPA16 Engineroom

I: RPA16 top deck

by Willem Schulte, 2.6 km away

RPA16 top deck

J: Rotterdam Maasvlakte Slag Maasmond

by Henk van den Berg, 2.9 km away

Rotterdam Maasvlakte Slag Maasmond

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