Holland City Waterline

Holland Story Toolkit

Land of water

Holland and water are inextricably linked. There is of course the famous coast, but behind it lies a fascinating landscape of ditches, waterways, canals, lakes and rivers. Our windmills, pumping stations, polders and dikes are world-famous. Nearly a third of our country lies below sea level. If Holland didn’t protect itself against the waters, half of Holland would be submerged.

Making Holland a safe country was not easy: the Dutch had to fight for almost every square metre of land. Sometimes the people won, sometimes it was the sea. The large water engineering works of the past centuries, culminating in the Delta Works, are examples of our victories over the sea. How we manage our water and enjoy it can be seen and experienced in various places.

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Delta Works

Zeeland is protected by the best greatest storm barriers in the world.

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The Watersnoodsmuseum

The National Knowledge and Memorial Centre for the Flood of 1953.

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Visit Holland’s oldest city with over 1,000 monuments in a unique wetland environment.

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National Park De Biesbosch

Go walk, cycle or sail in this large freshwater delta.

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The windmills of Kinderdijk

Discover the nineteen splendid windmills that have been declared UNESCO world heritage.

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New land Flevoland

Discover Flevoland, the 12th and newest province of Holland, which was created through the largest land reclamation project in history.

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Visit this former Zuiderzee island and discover Urk’s unique culture and history.

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Visit this former island in Flevoland and discover its many monuments and archaeological treasures.

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Visit ‘The Venice of Holland’ and enjoy the sight of unique farms from the water’s surface.

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National Park Weerribben-Wieden

Rent a canoe or take a boat trip on an electric boat through this unique Dutch wetland.

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Zuiderzeemuseum Enkhuizen

Where the life of old by the Zuiderzee is brought back to life.

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Unesco World Heritage Sites Beemster and De Schermer

The oldest area of reclaimed land in Holland.

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