Did you know?
The Delta Works cost about 6.35 billion euros in total.
Visit the storm surge barrier
Enjoying the water
Stand-up paddleboarding across the lake
The land creators
While quite diverse, the Netherlands is not a very large country. Imagine the circumstances just a century ago... Despite a growing population, we were a significantly smaller country back then. Thanks to our extensive knowledge of water and soil and how they relate to one another, we managed to create a completely new province during the latter half of the 20th century. The province of Flevoland arose from the area once known as the Zuiderzee.
Flevoland is lauded for its contemporary architecture and abundance of water activities. Almere, the largest city in the new province, boasts a coastline of about 42 kilometres. Water sports enthusiasts will be in heaven at Atlantis Beach and Surf Beach Almere Harbour.
Experience the ultimate land of water
Humble and smart
The Amsterdam canals, the Wadden Islands or the Delta Works: each and every one of these is a Dutch icon that represents our connection with water in a profound way. But there are numerous other places where water has played a huge role or still does so today.
The Netherlands wages a continuous battle against the water. We nearly always win, mostly because history has taught us to be humble and smart. The North Sea Flood disaster of 1953 raised awareness in the Netherlands of the impact of (too) high water levels. If you wish to learn more about this, you may want to spend an afternoon at the Watersnoodmuseum in Ouwerkerk in the province of Zeeland.
Did you know?
The Wouda Pumping Station can drain a lake in 48 hours.