Hoek van Holland was part of the Atlantic Wall, the German defence line that stretched along the coast from Norway to Spain. One of the remaining pieces of the line is the bunker at the Noorderhoofd. This artillery bunker, type 611, is from 1943. This location in Hoek van Holland was important because of the access to the port of Rotterdam and the hinterland. The cannon that was in the bunker could attack the beach and part of the water during a possible invasion. The bunker is now a museum with a special exhibition where you can learn everything about what remains of the powerful defence line.
The Atlantikwall Museum is located on the car-free North Pier. The museum can be reached on foot from the car park (± 200 metres).