The Afsluitdijk is a 32kilometer long dike, which connects the province of North Holland with the province of Friesland. It was constructed between 1927 and 1933 as a fundamental part in a larger plan called the Zuiderzee Works. With the completion of the Afsluitdijk the Zuiderzee (‘Southern Sea’) became the fresh water lake of IJsselmeer.
The Zuiderzee Works was consisted of two parts. The first stage of the project was the damming of the Zuiderzee (‘Southern Sea’), transforming it into the fresh water lake the IJsselmeer. The second part was the reclaiming of new land. The Noordoostpolder and a complete new Dutch Province, Flevoland, were officially established in 1986.
Take the Motorway
Today, the Afsluitdijk is more than a dike that protects the Dutch from floods. It’s also a motorway which is used by thousands of people every day. You can drive, cycle or walk from one side of the lake to the other and enjoy the amazing views.