Going to the World Heritage of the Netherlands by public transport

Discover our own Unesco World Heritage for yourself

Latest update: Tuesday 10 August 2021 16:02

There are now 12 World Heritage Sites on the list in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Almost all of them are easily accessible by public transport, sometimes in combination with a walk or a bike ride. You can figure it all out in our app.

Actually, two are missing from our overview: Willemstad on Curacao is not there and neither is the Wadden Sea. Enjoy the Wadden Sea during a crossing to one of our beautiful Wadden Islands. You can read more about the rest of the World Heritage List in the Netherlands below.

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Accessibility of Unesco World Heritage in the Netherlands

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1. The Colonies of Benevolence

More than 1 million Belgians and Dutch are connected to the Koloniën van Weldadigheid [Colonies of Benevolence] via their ancestors. Discover the incredible story of 100,000 vagabonds, orphans and paupers. They were re-educated in order to break out of poverty. Immerse yourself in the fascinating and compelling story that binds the Netherlands and Belgium.

2. Lower German Limes

The Neder-Germaanse Limes [Lower Germanic Limes] is the border of the Roman Empire in the Roman province of Lower Germany. Along this border you will find many Roman traces such as remains of fortresses, legion bases and watchtowers. The Dutch part in particular shows how innovative the Roman military were. Discover more about the Roman Limes in Utrecht, for example.

3. Van Nellefabriek in Rotterdam

With Chabot to Van Nelle
The Van Nelle Fabriek [Van Nelle Factory], built between 1925 and 1931, was once the most modern factory in the Netherlands and the first daylight factory in Europe. Designed to energize. Would you like to visit it? This is possible through the collaboration with the Chabot Museum.

4. Canal Ring of Amsterdam

The canal ring is without doubt the most evocative part of the Amsterdam city centre. In De Bazel, in the heart of the World Heritage, the Amsterdam World Heritage visitor centre can be found. This is the starting point to familiarise yourself with the canal ring.

5. Schokland and Surroundings in the Noordoostpolder

Schokland is an island on dry land, rich in archaeological resources. It houses the Netherlands' longest resident history and symbolises the centuries-old relationship of the Dutch with water. For centuries, Schokland lay as a vulnerable island in the Zuiderzee. Search for the secrets and mineral resources of Schokland.

6. Rietveld Schröderhuis in Utrecht

Rietveld designed the house in 1924 for the idiosyncratic Truus Schröder. It was his first complete house and an exuberant experiment. Elaborating on his own furniture designs and the ideas of De Stijl, he made a house on the outskirts of Utrecht as a three-dimensional, asymmetrical composition. Admire it for yourself!

7. Droogmakerij De Beemster in Noord-Holland

The Beemster in North Holland is a textbook example of how the Dutch have drained large parts of their country. This polder was established to convert the threatening backwater into fertile and profitable agricultural land. The visitor centre is a great starting point for, for example, a walking tour.

8. ir. D.F. Woudagemaal near Lemmer

Magisterial experience of steam, architecture and water, the Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal in Lemmer is the largest and only functioning steam pumping station in the world. The pumping station, according to the architectural style of the Amsterdam School, had the task of pumping excess water from Friesland into the Zuiderzee, and later the IJsselmeer. Go see it for yourself!

9. Mills at Kinderdijk-Elshout

The nineteen windmills of Kinderdijk are an internationally renowned Dutch symbol. The seventeen boezem mills were built between 1738 and 1740. Before that, there were already polder mills in the area, two of which have survived. Take a look at one of the museum windmills!

10. Dutch Water Defence Lines

The landscape of the Hollandse Waterlinies and the Stelling van Amsterdam [Defence Line of Amsterdam] is a landscape full of secrets, stories and special objects. A landscape that you only get to know when you know these stories and secrets. The forts are the most eye-catching and there is now a lot to experience on many forts. Start off at the Waterlinie Museum.

Images: Frederiksoord - Koloniewoningen M.A. van Naamen van Eemneslaan- foto James van Leuven, Unsplash Bruno van der Kraan, Judy Doherty, Kian Lem, Lotte de Jong, Malcolm Lightbody, Max van den Oetelaar, Regine Tholen, Nik Shuliahin en Rietveld Schröderhuis (collectie Centraal Museum, Utrecht). Fotografie Stijn Poelstra.

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