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A hotel in Wijk aan Zee is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Wijk aan Zee hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Wijk aan Zee are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Wijk aan Zee hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Wijk aan Zee hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Wijk aan Zee have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels in Wijk aan Zee
An upscale full service hotel facility in Wijk aan Zee that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Wijk aan Zee hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

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Full service Wijk aan Zee hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.

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Boutique hotels of Wijk aan Zee are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Wijk aan Zee boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Wijk aan Zee may be classified as luxury hotels.

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A bed and breakfast in Wijk aan Zee is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Wijk aan Zee bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Wijk aan Zee B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

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Wijk aan Zee hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Wijk aan Zee hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

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Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Wijk aan Zee hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Wijk aan Zee lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs in Wijk aan Zee
Wijk aan Zee timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Wijk aan Zee often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Wijk aan Zee on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

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A Wijk aan Zee motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Wijk aan Zee for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Wijk aan Zee motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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This article is about the town in the Netherlands. For the chess tournament commonly referred to as "Wijk aan Zee", see Tata Steel Chess Tournament.
Wijk aan Zee
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Location of Wijk aan Zee within Beverwijk municipality
Location of Wijk aan Zee within Beverwijk municipality
Coordinates:  / 52.500; 4.600  / 52.500; 4.600
Country Netherlands
Province North Holland
Municipality Beverwijk
Population
• Total 2,400
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
• Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Wijk aan Zee (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈʋɛi̯k aːn ˈzeː]) is a small town on the coast of the North Sea in the municipality of Beverwijk in the province of North Holland of the Netherlands. The prestigious Tata Steel Chess Tournament (formerly called the Corus chess tournament or the Hoogovens tournament) takes place there every year.

Due to its seaside location, Wijk aan Zee has become a popular destination among tourists. Although this is reflected in the village economy (which consists to a large extent of bars and hotels), Wijk aan Zee continues to function more or less traditionally. A sense of community is maintained that is hard to find in other seaside villages, and which manifests itself through a vibrant public life and a strong organisation potential.

Wijk aan Zee: Cultural Village of Europe 1999

In 1999, Wijk aan Zee named itself "Cultural Village of Europe", recognizing the special nature of village life in general. This was three years after the Danish village of Tommerup had claimed such a title, but this time a large project was to ensue.

Wijk aan Zee came together with villages from England, Estonia, France, Greece, Italy, Spain, Germany, Denmark, The Czech Republic and Hungary in an effort to determine the role and future of villages in Europe, but also to help each other find ways to cope with difficulties that come to small communities nowadays. Each year, another one of these villages would bear the title of "Cultural Village of Europe".

During the last years, the Cultural Village project led to an increasingly refined picture of what villages have to offer and how to offer it. Simultaneously, this brought about a social critique that is relevant to urban areas as well. It has attracted the attention of the Dutch government, who asked one of the initiators of the project to write an essay about how to 'build' villages.

Recently, a Dutch journalist wrote a book about the project called 'Vital Villages', in which the thoughts and deeds of the 'village movement' are documented.

Wijk aan Zee: Atlantic Wall

In the dune landscape around Wijk aan Zee some bunkers still remain of the Atlantic Wall, built by the German occupying forces between 1940 and 1944. These coastal defence works (kustverdedigingswerken in Dutch) formed part of the so-called “Fortress IJmuiden,” (Festung IJmuiden in German.) The purpose of the Fortress IJmuiden was to protect the port of IJmuiden and the nearby steel works against attacks from the Allies. All of these defences were protected by a combination of mine fields, tank ditches and dams, some which ran kilometres deep inland. In November 1942 it was decided there would be a complete evacuation of the inhabitants of Wijk aan Zee to the inland country. Many inhabitants withdrew to Beverwijk and Velsen. On 12 August 1943 the occupants could return at their own risk, but on 15 October 1943 the village was once again evacuated.

On the dunes behind Hotel de Wijk, a radar bunker was constructed by the Germans. This was aimed at intercepting enemy ships and planes. These radar screens had a height of twenty meters and for this reason had to deeply set in the concrete of the bunker. These radar installations were called Mammoths Teeth, (Mammutstanden in Dutch). In total there were four places in the Netherlands where these "Mammoths Teeth" stood: Den Helder, Oostkapelle, The Hague and Wijk aan Zee.

In the summer of 1944, after the landings of the Allies, Velsen and some parts of Beverwijk were also evacuated. The occupants of Wijk aan Zee then had to move still further away from their village, generally to Haarlem or Amsterdam. After the liberation and as of 8 June 1945 the people could return to their mostly empty houses. The German troops that remained were kept by Allied soldiers and Dutch citizen soldiers as Prisoners of War and were kept temporarily in still empty apartments. Before they would return to Germany, they were forced to clear the dams and mine fields. The manner in which this happened was indeed cruel; the soldiers had to clear an area of mines completely by walking arm in arm in wide rows. Some German soldiers lost their lives in this clearing of mines. Some rural occupants didn't like the idea of de-mining being finished so quickly and so it could be that the German soldiers searched a dune area for mines of which they knew for certain mines had been laid. However, the citizen population had personally removed the mines earlier in that area to be able to enter for poaching purposes.

When the village was safely cleared, the German soldiers were sent back to Germany.

Wijk aan Zee: References

  1. "Anand leads at Tata Steel Chess". IndiaVoice. 2011-01-25.
  2. New Times for the Villages (essay by Bert Kisjes and Carin Giesen)
  3. Jacky de Vries, "Vital Villages"
  • Cultural Village Website
  • Website wijk aan Zee
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