Aerial shot of Fort Everdingen part of Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie
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UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Netherlands

11 locations, 11 stories, 11 highlights of the Netherlands

They vary greatly in size, age and beauty, but each of our 11 UNESCO World Heritage Sites tells a remarkable story and creates a unique and beautiful image of our rich history. These are places that shaped Dutch society and represent our urge for innovation and talent for dealing with water. Join us on a journey along the 11 official UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Netherlands. And if you’re lucky enough to be in the area, there’s a 12th site in the historic city center of Willemstad on the beautiful island of Curaçao.

Dutch culture

Stelling van Amsterdam Fort bij Veldhuis
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How UNESCO World Heritage tells the story of the Netherlands

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Netherlands tell the story of the country and the Dutch people.

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Hidden in nature

People holding a photo
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Visit the Colonies of Benevolence

This is why the Colonies of Benevolence are typically Dutch.

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Windmill in De Beemster
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Droogmakerij de Beemster

World heritage De Beemster is a master class in wrestling land from the sea in the 17th century and tells the history of the Waterland area.

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Hollandse Waterlinie jetty with wooden posts to bunker on Diefdijk
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Visit the Dutch Water Defence Lines

The Dutch Water Defence Lines: an ingenious form of defence and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Our UNESCO story

32 kilometer long Afsluitdijk part of Zuiderzee works and connects 2 provinces
Couple walking arm in arm Kolonien van Weldadigheid
Keizersgracht in Amsterdam
Aerial shot of Fort Everdingen part of Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie
Wouda pumping station in Lemmer is the largest steam pumping station
Kinderdijk at sunset
Schokland Noordoostpolder Flevoland
Windmill in De Beemster
Stairwell Van Nelle Factory Rotterdam

The Wadden spectacle

Mud flat of the 'waddenzee' during low tide under scenic dramatic sunset sky with clouds
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Wadden Sea, World Heritage Site

The Wadden Sea became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009, acknowledging it as an internationally unique nature reserve. The age-old rhythm of the tides reigns supreme here and is tangible wherever you go.

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From mills to limes

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Visit the Kinderdijk windmills

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The Lower Germanic Limes

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A nation living with water

Woudagemaal Machine Steam Engine
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The Woudagemaal

The Woudagemaal, located in the Frisian town of Lemmer, is the largest, steam powered pumping station in the world that is still in operation today.

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Keizersgracht in Amsterdam
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The Canals of Amsterdam

A stunningly designed ravel of canals that give Amsterdam its unique character.

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Schokland Noordoostpolder Flevoland
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Schokland

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

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