Maassluis, a modern city to live in with a historic center
Maassluis is a modern city where approximately 32000 people reside with pleasure. In the old days Maassluis was a small fishery village. Nowadays it is a lively city with the historic center and its sixteenth and seventeenth century premises as its main features.
Living in Maassluis
If one takes a careful look, one can notice the rapid housing development Maassluis underwent in the sixties and seventies of the twentieth century. In that period a lot of apartment buildings were built in the so-called social rent sector. These buildings no longer meet today’s standards nor do they fit Maassluis’ demographic structure. Some of them have been demolished. Others have been renovated and provide for modern housing for which there is a huge demand. New and small-scale construction projects with an architectural variety have been realized in different locations in the city. Maassluis continues its development with strong conviction. The city aims high and there are a lot of plans for the future.
Employment and Industry
Within its limits the municipality is responsible for optimal employment and industrial opportunities. These limits are not only determined by law but also depend on the ambitions of the city and its citizens. Maassluis is a city with a large historic legacy. In order to preserve this legacy, the city prefers the establishment of so-called clean over heavy industry. Maassluis’ employment opportunities also fit this preference.
For the future of Maasluis it is important to maintain a proper level of provisions for its residents. This calls for research of possible improvements and reinforcements of the Maassluis shopping malls. A lot of consideration is given to the improvement of the shopping areas in the center and the Koningshoek. Naturally the residents can always ‘visit their cheerful marketplace’. Not only in the city center but also near the Koningshoek shopping mall.
Due to the historical development of the geographic structure of Maassluis, there are clearly separated areas, each with its own function. One of the industrial grounds is virtually on the edge of the historic city center, near the inner harbor. Another industrial ground is virtually out banks and fills the space between the Delta dike and the river. The locations can be easily reached through the A20 connection. The Westland and the city of Rotterdam are very close to Maassluis. Also the Europoort and the Botlek areas are easy to reach.
Sports and recreation
Maassluis has a lot to offer to practitioners of sports, boredom is no option. The sea, dunes and the beach are close. Just as close are the Staelduin Forest (Dutch: Staelduinse Bos) , the Oranjeplassen (small lakes) the Oeverbos (forest on the riverbank) and the area of BoonerLucht, with walking, biking and equestrian paths and, not to forget, the Lickebaert area between Vlaardingen and Maassluis, with (among other things) the Krabbeplas and the walking and biking path along the Waterweg and a unique biker and skeeler route.
The sports and recreation area Dol-Fijn (Fine dolphin) has a tournament pool of 25 times 15 meters with a mobile floor. The recreation basin of 300 square meters is equipped with a variety of features, a swim-out basin of 50 square meters, a whirlpool, a toddler basin, a slide with pool baths to catch the sliders, two saunas, a Turkish bath, a sun studio, a restaurant, and an outdoors with a pool for toddlers. Especially during the winter months the two sports halls and the tennis hall of Maassluis can count on many visitors. The outdoors provisions are well spread over Maassluis.
Arts and culture
Year by year the unique Schuurkerk Theater presents a program of considerable variety. The young and the old enjoy the theaters cabaret, music, movies and dance.
On January First 2005 the new multifunctional Koningshof Center opened its doors after a drastic renovation. The design of architect Hans Goverde of Bureau Kraaijvanger Urbis is a real piece of jewelry in the city of Maassluis. The center lodges 12 large multifunctional halls and an indoor terrace with a view on the park and the mall. It provides for a perfect ambience in the geographical heart of Maassluis. The 330 seats theatre hall with ascending tribunes clearly stands out, it also has professional light and sound equipment and a nearly 100 square meters stage floor.
Every year, on the first Saturday of October, there is a unique maritime event; the Furieade. The pivot point of this feast is the floating museum ship De Furie (the fury). This is Hollands last remaining steamtugboat. This ship has a permanent berth in the harbor of Maassluis, which is, as you may understand, a large contribution to the cultural reputation of the harbor and the city. Visiting the Furie is an experience. Combine your visit with another one to the Nationaal Sleepvaartmuseum (National Tugshipping Museum) and it will make your day; it is the very definition of Hollands Glory.
The National Tugshipping Museum shows you the history of tugshipping and all that came and comes with it. The Museum, which has been lodged in the former town hall of Maassluis since 1979, organizes tours for groups. Former sailors tell the visitors stories about their lives on board of the tugboats. By now the museum disposes over more than 100 tugboat scale models and the collection of photographic pictures exceeds the number of 14000.
At walking distance of the Tugshipping Museum, on the Zuiddijk you can find the City Museum. Here the history of Maassluis lives on in a permanent exposition about the origins and fishery of Maassluis.
Have a break
From a cultural and historical point of view the area around the Monsterse sluis (lock of Monster), the Stadhuiskade and the Wip is the heart of the center and the harbor. The historic façades of the Stadhuiskade and the Groote Kerk (Big Church) are the landmarks of Maassluis. After a walk through the center, it is very enjoyable to sit down on a terrace on the Vlieten or the Market. You can have a break while enjoying a delicious dinner in one of the specialty restaurants or cheerful dinner-houses almost everywhere in the city.
Especially in the historic center you can walk into the living past of Maassluis. De Groote Kerk on the Schanseiland (small island) is one of the oldest and most historical buildings of Maassluis. When you talk about Maassluis you cannot deny the Groote Kerk with its famous organ built by Garrels. A lot of well-known organists have played this organ. It was dealt a key role during lots of concerts. Also the Gemeenlandshuis of Delfland on Hoogstraat is a monumental and striking building. It dates form 1626. Twelve years earlier, in 1614 Maassluis became an independent city. This indicates that we are dealing with an important building of a by then rapidly evolving community. The former town hall on 1 Hoogstraat was built fifty years later. At the moment this characteristic building lodges the National Tugshipping Museum. In the center the ties with the water are permanently focused. When one sees the old premises it is not hard to imagine that these once served as warehouses, sail factories or offices of one of the herring ship-owners. Every year, on the second Saturday in September, the monuments receive extra attention during the Open Monumentendag (Open Monument day). Those interested can see the inside of a variety of municipal monuments. It is also possible to make a walking tour to see interesting monuments.
In Maassluis there is full range of primary education facilities. Every pupil can find a school close to his or her home. Apart from the two public primary schools, there are four protestant-Christian primary schools and two Roman-Catholic primary schools. There is also a Montessori school for primary education. Maassluis offers lots of facilities for secondary education as well. The Accent College, a broad-ranged school community for secondary professional education (Dutch: VMBO) (location: Kastanjedal), high schools and gymnasia (location: Reviusplein) enables every pupil to enjoy education on his or her own level.
Furthermore Maassluis has a OSV location of the Albeda College. OSV stands for Orientation, Switch (Dutch: schakeling) and Formation (Dutch: vorming). This location has a lot to offer to youngsters between 16 and 19. This school lodges youngsters that have a partial education duty, youngsters who apart from their job attend school for two days a week.
To conclude, Maassluis offers the possibility to attend a short secondary professional education program of the Economisch College Beneden Maas. The basis for many people lies in Maassluis.