World Heritage Sites in the Netherlands


Schokland and its surroundings

The first World Heritage Site chosen in the Netherlands, Schokland is a former island in the Dutch Zuiderzee. When the Noordoostpolder was reclaimed from the sea in 1942, Schokland ceased being an island. The remains are still visible as a slightly elevated part in the polder and by the still partly intact retaining wall of the waterfront of 'Middelbuurt'.


The Defence Line of Amsterdam

This defence line is the only example of a fortification based on the control of water. It was built between 1883 and 1920 and extends 135 kms around the city of Amsterdam. The protection of the center of the country was ensured by a network of 45 forts and their artillery acting in concert with temporary flooding from polders and an intricate system of canals and locks.


Mill Network at Kinderdijk-Elshout

(51.89 N 4.64 E)

Historic Area of Willemstad, Inner City, and Harbour

(12.20 N 68.93 W)

The Dutch established a trading settlement on the Caribbean island of Curacao in 1634.


Ir. D.F. Wouda Steam Pumping Station

(52.83 N 5.68 E)

The Wouda Pumping Station is the largest steam-pumping station ever built. It opened in 1920 and is still in operation.


Droogmakerij de Beemster (Beemster Polder)

(52.546 N 4.912 E)

The oldest area of reclaimed land in The Netherlands.


Rietveld Schroder House

(52.10 N 5.12 E)

This small family house, with its interior, the flexible spatial arrangement, and the visual and formal qualities, was a manifesto of the ideals of the De Stijl group of artists and architects in the Netherlands in the 1920s, and has since been considered one of the icons of the Modern Movement in architecture.


The Wadden Sea

(53.529 N 8.556 E)

Joint listing between Germany, the Netherlands, and Denmark. The Wadden Sea comprises the Dutch Wadden Sea Conservation Area, the German Wadden Sea National Parks of Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein and most of the Danish Wadden Sea maritime conservation area. It is a large wetland environment, home to numerous plant and animal species, including marine mammals such as the harbour seal, grey seal and harbour porpoise.


Seventeenth-century canal ring area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht

(52.365 N 4.888 E)

Van Nellefabriek

(51.923 N 4.418 E)

A complex of factories with steel and glass facades built in the 1920s. These modernist working spaces were conceived as an "ideal factory" with lots of daylight used to provide pleasant working conditions.



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Last updated: July 10, 2017