UNESCO World Heritafe Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal

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UNESCO World Heritafe Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal

UNESCO World Heritafe Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal
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Ir. D.F. Wouda Steam Pumping Station The D.F. Woudagemaal in the town of Lemmer is the world's largest steam pumping station still in working condition. The pumping station was opened in 1920 by Queen Wilhelmina for the purpose of pumping excess water from Friesland into the Zuyder Zee, the present-day IJsselmeer. The imposing brick building is austere and functional, in line with the architectural style of the Amsterdam School. In 1966, the electrically driven J.L. Hoogland pumping station in Stavoren took over the task of the steam pumping station in Lemmer. And yet, even today, the historic D.F. Woudagemaal plays a crucial role in extreme conditions. In cases of extremely high water, the old steam pumping station is deployed to drain excess water into the IJsselmeer as quickly as possible. The D.F. Woudagemaal has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1998.
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Magda
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Jun 2022
Very impressive and interesting building, extremely innovative in 1920, because of the solidity of the pumping system and the effectiviness on the impact on watermanagement in the Province Friesland. We were also impressed by the building itself, with some Amsterdamse School elements.
A well-informed volunteer leads you through the building and makes you understand the importance of this building. Very attractive “ bezoekerscentrum”, not too big, showing how inhabitants of Friesland deal with living under the sealevel.
Written 19 June 2022
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Hamsunsteri
Riga, Latvia59 contributions
Feb 2022 • Family
We visited when the pump was operational and you had to book a time slot. The ticket+gas wasn't cheap. Good parking directions and then you walk to the building or take a shuttle bus.
Before entering you show corona pass (can only do Dutch easily) and tickets, but huge amount of volunteer retired people makes the process slow and confusing which is pretty horrible with young kids.
Lots of waiting outside in freezing rain, you can't just take a look and leave. The excursion is mandatory and doesn't start on time. From the back I couldn't hear what the retiree leading our group was quietly saying but didn't want to push through tight crowd. Left shortly after being inside.
Written 22 February 2022
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,157 contributions
Jun 2019 • Solo
This steam pumping station from 1920 is one of the last ones to have been built in the Netherlands. The technology to use burning coal to make steam and generate power was essentially a 19th century one. All over the country these pumping stations were built replacing windmills. During the last century many were razed or replaced by oil-based machinery (mainly diesel). Now again we are going back to windpower! At least to some extent.

Remarkable is the austere functional architecture of the station, though inside art-deco ceramics have been used to cheer up the workers. Impressive to see the machinery that after almost 100 years still works perfectly. An example for the present, as modern products usually do not last much longer than 5 or 10 years.

Admission fee 8.75€
Written 14 June 2019
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S_Hvass
Bramming, Denmark549 contributions
May 2019 • Family
This building is definately worth a visit, but you can easily skip the visitors center, especially if you are foreign, because it is al in dutch. The short movie shown in the cinema in the visitors center has english subtitles, but it is so bad and embarrassing that it's almost funny. The guided tour is the highlight.
Written 26 May 2019
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Jake23
New Jersey6,188 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
This is a very cool place. It has so much history hidden in its walls and it is something that’s importance may be taken for granted. It is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you want to learn about the Dutch struggle against water it’s a must see.
Written 26 April 2019
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Rob684
Pest County, Hungary232 contributions
Jan 2019 • Couples
I have been a Dutch citizen for 65+ years by now and just recently learned about this grand historical impressive pumping station that has even gained an Unesco World Heritage certificate. Eager to visit this place, the date is 14th January 2019, my wife and I were standing at the gate of the visitor's centre... closed on Mondays. Later on the same day I learned on the internet that this place is closed until February! What the heck!
What a great pity we couldn't visit. I would strongly advice Unesco to revoke the World Heritage certificate for this place, because a world heritage site that cannot be visited all year around is not worth this status! I am still proud of what my country achieved in its endless battle with the water, but this is a disgrace.
Written 14 January 2019
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rypie
Lemmer, The Netherlands30 contributions
Nov 2018
Great to visit, sometimes its working then its spectacular to vist. Wtch the website for this..You can park the car nearby.
Written 28 November 2018
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Solodam J
Amsterdam, The Netherlands34,492 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
It was sunday morning when we visited this place. Unfortunately it was not open yet. It would be opened at 1.00 pm but we didn't wait for it. It looked very interesting to be able to see it inside. Well, it is located in a beautiful watery area. We will be back again one day
Written 26 August 2018
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Bernd Graf
San Jose, CA46 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
Arrived late in the afternoon and found an English speaking docent who gave me an amazing tour around the still active steam pumping station that keeps Friesland dry in the winter and wet in the summer..worth a visit.
Written 9 July 2018
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Maurizio1970
Lemmer, The Netherlands166 contributions
Jul 2017 • Family
The Woudagemaal inaugurated in 1920 is the largest steam pumping station in the world among those still working. The museum (recently built) offers numerous panels and interactive machinery regarding the functioning of the water level regulation in Friesland (fun and interesting for children and adults). There is also a short film about the history of the Woudagemaal. After the visit to the museum center there is a guided tour of the building.
Written 29 June 2018
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