The Afsluitdijk Wadden Center. This is a white building with hexagonal stones and windows. We see the sunset in the background.
The Afsluitdijk Wadden Center. This is a white building with hexagonal stones and windows. We see the sunset in the background.

Afsluitdijk Wadden Centre

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The Afsluitdijk Wadden Centre is the best location to experience the story of the Afsluitdijk, the IJsselmeergebied, the Unesco World Heritage Centre Waddenzee, and the Fish Migration River. Pay a visit to this distinctive building with an interactive exposition and a restaurant looking out over the IJsselmeer.

 

Why

There are many stories about the Afsluitdijk. It all starts with engineer Lely, who turned protecting our country against the sea into his calling. He did this by creating a dyke from North-Holland to Fryslân. You can experience the story of the Afsluitdijk back then and now in the Afsluitdijk Wadden Centre. You can also find stories about the UNESCO World Heritage Centre Waddenzee, the IJsselmeer area, and the Fish Migration River here. The Afsluitdijk Wadden Centre is also the starting point of excursions with the Wad Association and the Frisian Gea. Make sure to also visit the Kazemattenmuseum and the shipping locks of Kornwerderzand. Did you know that around 700,000 people visit the Afsluitdijk each year? Over twenty-five per cent of these come from abroad.

Photo of the Afsluitdijk Wadden Center at the back. You see water for that. There is a sailing boat in this water.

How

The Afsluitdijk Wadden Centre gives an extensive overview of the history of the Afsluitdijk and the hydrological and other innovative projects that will be realised here in the coming years. The main theme of the interactive exposition is the survival and life of the Dutch in the delta throughout the centuries. Climate change and the rising sea level are new challenges.
Foreign visitors can follow the exposition against a small fee using a special 2discover app, available in 10 languages.
After visiting the expo, you can relax in the SKOM eten&drinken restaurant. Besides a beautiful view of the IJsselmeer, you can also find more information about life in the Dutch delta here.

When

Please refer to the website of the Afsluitdijk Wadden Centre for the current opening hours.
Restaurant SKOM eten&drinken opens at 10 AM.
For more information, visit www.afsluitdijkwaddencenter.nl
Do you want to get an impression? Watch the trailer below.