Werelderfgoed in Nederland Ir. D. F. Woudagemaal

World Heritage in the Netherlands

The UNESCO World Heritage in the Netherlands is not high on the agenda among the Dutch, according to research by the National Cultural Heritage Agency. Two in three Dutch people state that they have never visited a world heritage site. Foreign tourists, on the other hand, know how to find their way to our world heritage sites on a daily basis (and in large numbers).


"The heritage in the Netherlands deserves better", according to Erik Kessels, guest curator of the world heritage in the Netherlands 2016 and creative director of the communication agency KesselsKramer, who made the new campaign.


Foreign tourists are crazy about the world heritage in the Netherlands. They like to be amazed by the ingenious ways in which we deal with our limited space and water, a daily reality that has become part of our DNA. They are therefore the ambassadors for our own world heritage. That has become the starting point of this campaign.


World Heritage is aimed at preserving for future generations. Unique places that the world is proud of. And for good reason: the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Netherlands tell the story of Netherlands.+34


"The Dutch travel the world to familiar places, but do not realize that they can also view world heritage nearby. You do not have to travel far", says Boris van der Ham, chairman of the World Heritage Foundation in the Netherlands.

UNESCO World Heritage in the Netherlands

The Netherlands have ten UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These are unique in the world. In a special way they tell the story of the Netherlands and the Dutch in the field of water management, civil society and (land) design. They did that then, they do that now and they will continue to do so. The World Heritage sites in the Netherlands:


  • Van Nellefabriek (2014)
  • Grachtengordel of Amsterdam (2010)
  • Waddenzee (2009)
  • Rietveld Schröderhuis in Utrecht (2000)
  • Droogmakerij De Beemster at Purmerend (1999)
  • D.F. Woudagemaal at Lemmer (1998)
  • The historic city center of Willemstad on Curaçao (1997)
  • Molencomplex Kinderdijk-Elshout (1997)
  • Stelling van Amsterdam (1996)
  • Schokland and environment (1995)


More information can be found on werelderfgoed.nl/en