UNESCO World Heritage
The largest steam pumping station ever built, The Woudagemaal, has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1998. It is one of the 10 recognized heritage sites that represent the Netherlands on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This means that all countries that have signed the treaty have committed themselves to protecting the heritage, among other things, and making it accessible to future generations..
In addition to a notation on the World Heritage list, the Woudagemaal is also one of the top 100 Dutch national monuments.
The Ir. D. F. Woudagemaal as World Heritage
The reason for the designation as UNESCO World Heritage is the important role that the Woudagemaal plays in the fight against the water: the Woudagemaal is used to assist the Hoogland Pumping station when it has insufficient capacity. The unique combination of steam and water, used for the working of the steam engine, together with the size of the pumping station, was enough to be included in the list: the Woudagemaal is the largest steam pumping station ever built.
The steam engine in action
When there is a lot of rain or when the wind blows hard, the Woudagemaal is put into operation to keep the Frisian boezem water at the same level, and the fact that the world heritage is actually used is unique! In practice, it occurs on average twice a year that the machine is used for this purpose, and the pumping station is also open to visitors. If you decide to take a look at the pumping station during these training days, you can find all information about the origin of the pumping station in the visitor center. And of course, in the presence of a guide you can view the Woudagemaal in operation!
Visit the Ir. D. F. Woudagemaal
The world heritage is open almost daily for visitors. When following a tour there is also the possibility to discover the power of water and steam! Do you want to see the steam pumping station in action? Visit the Woudagemaal during the training days!