RE: Vlaardingen in the Winter?
With all respect, Vlaardingen is not much more than a satellite town for Rotterdam. It has a bit of local history but it's a far cry from real touristic interest.
So Rotterdam is your place to be, or nearby Delft, The Hague etc. Check out the VT pages for those places.
In between Vlaardingen and Delft you have the glass house industry (Westland), the Flower Auction at Naaldwijk is an attraction too.
You must visit the Storm Surge Barrier though at Hoek van Holland (www.keringhuis.nl) which is one of our most modern and spectacular deltaworks and explore the rural, fortified medieval towns of the island Voorne (take a ferry from Maassluis which is very near Vlaardingen). You'll also find special dune landscape (nature parks) and excellent beaches for a windy winter walk.
Snow is quite rare and usually shortlived in winter, especially in the coastal areas where you will visit.
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