UNESCO World Heritage in Friesland


In Friesland you can even find 2 locations that have been designated UNESCO World Good: The Ir. D. F. Wouda Pumping Station and the Wadden Sea. The Ir. D. F. Wouda Pumping Station in Lemmer is the largest and only working steam pumping station in the world. The dynamic landscape makes the Wadden Sea a very unique area in the world.

The Wadden Sea

The Wadden Sea is unique in the world! The unparalleled dynamic landscape is nowhere else to be found in the world. It is a vast and diverse region that has arisen under the influence of tides. In the Wadden Sea, you will find a complete system of gullies interspersed with tidal sand flats. You will also find many mussel beds, white sandy beaches, dunes and vast salt marshes. The Wadden Sea area can be enjoyed by many visitors all year round. Millions of birds make a stopover in the Wadden Sea, you will find many rare species of animals and plants.

The Wadden Sea is registered as World Heritage in the Netherlands and Germany since 2009. The Danish part of the Wadden Sea was added in 2014, which put the complete Wadden Sea on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Want to know more about the Wadden Sea as World Heritage?

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Ir. D.F. Wouda Pumping Station

Magistrale perception of steam, water and architecture, the ir. DF Wouda Pumping Station in Lemmer is the largest and only still functioning steam pumping station in the world. In 1920 Queen Wilhelmina opened the pumping station which was tasked to pump excess water from Friesland to the Zuiderzee, later to be called IJsselmeer. In some cases the pumping station, with its tight and sober character, plays a crucial role. The Wouda Pumping Station is used in extreme floods f.e. The Wouda Pumping Station was put on the World Heritage List in 1998. An educational visitor center opened its doors in 2011. Visitors can watch an exciting 3D film as part of the exhibition experience. Want to know more about the Ir. D. F. Wouda Pumping Station?

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