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Maeslantkering storm surge barrier

The largest doors in the world

Global warming, rise of the sea, extreme weather, floods. And most of the Netherlands is below sea-level. How do the Dutch protect themselves from the water? Extreme situations require extreme engineering. To protect Rotterdam and the citizens of south-west Netherlands, the Dutch built two enormous doors in the 'Nieuwe Waterweg', the main waterway between the North-Sea and the Port of Rotterdam. These massive doors are called the Maeslantkering.

Extreme high tide

When there is an extreme high tide and the wind blows from the North-Sea, these two vast doors of the Maeslantkering will close to protect the citizens of south-west Netherlands from the sea. The Maeslantkering can stand waves of 5 meters above NAP.

The Maeslantkering

Maeslantkering storm surge barrier Photo Gallery

The Visitor Center
The Visitor Center
The Maeslantkering
The Maeslantkering
A regular visitor of the water barrier
A regular visitor of the water barrier

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Adress and visitor information

Maeslantkering storm surge barrier

Address: Maeslantkeringweg 139
Postal code and city: 3151 ZZ  Hoek van Holland
Province: Zuid-Holland
Phone: +31 (0)88 797 0630
Additional information: Please check opening times & admission charges before visiting.

Let op: The location on the map is an indication. It is not always the entrance, parking lot or best route



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