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Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal

Gemaalweg 1a, 8531 PS Lemmer, The Netherlands
+31 514 561 814
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Fantastic unesco site

The wouda gemaal is a very interesting unesco site. It is a great outing. The tour is very... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Hilversum, The Netherlands
via mobile
The highlight of Lemmer, you can't find a better example of steam anywhere (still in use, not a museurm!!!)

Just go there, tours available in dutch, german, english and french, get used to steam energy, and... read more

Reviewed 12 July 2017
Gramsbergen, The Netherlands
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Ir. D.F. Wouda Steam Pumping Station The D.F. Woudagemaal in the town of Lemmer is the world's largest steam pumping station still in working condition. The pumping station was opened in 1920 by Queen Wilhelmina for the purpose of pumping excess water from Friesland into the Zuyder Zee, the present-day IJsselmeer. The imposing brick building is austere and functional, in line with the architectural style of the Amsterdam School. In 1966, the electrically driven J.L. Hoogland pumping station in Stavoren took over the task of the steam pumping station in Lemmer. And yet, even today, the historic D.F. Woudagemaal plays a crucial role in extreme conditions. In cases of extremely high water, the old steam pumping station is deployed to drain excess water into the IJsselmeer as quickly as possible. The D.F. Woudagemaal has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1998.
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Gemaalweg 1a, 8531 PS Lemmer, The Netherlands
+31 514 561 814
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The wouda gemaal is a very interesting unesco site. It is a great outing. The tour is very interesting; also a very nice visitor center. Cost is vey low (only 8 euro).

Thank G B
Reviewed 12 July 2017

Just go there, tours available in dutch, german, english and french, get used to steam energy, and enjoy the fabulous piece of Amsterdam School architecture. Its just fabulous, and ready for anyone to enjoy!!

Thank sto7
Reviewed 16 September 2016

I grew up in the village where the Woudagemaal is located, but left 27 years ago, this year for the first time after all that time I went back and took my wife and two youngest children to visit the Woudagemaal. All of us loved...More

1  Thank simon k
Reviewed 15 August 2016

a really interesting tour although the day we went it was only guided in Dutch. If you only speak English, the English written hand out is really well done

Thank K A
Reviewed 6 May 2016 via mobile

For those that love the old technique of steam engines and big water pumps this is a great visit. The newly built visitor center offers a very good insight into the workings an history of this monument.

1  Thank Edwardnzl
Reviewed 17 March 2016

We have been here before and it was very difficult due to not much English. However, this time We got there as it opened and we had a tour (just our group) and our guide spoke in English and his love of the place just...More

Thank csbsn2002
Reviewed 28 February 2016

Great to visit, see the machines, they are in good condition. You can visit the place every day. Great to go at the Ijselmeer. If you are in the neighbouurhood.

Thank rypie
Reviewed 16 December 2015

This is a fun place to visit, but beware for those of us not Dutch speaking, get a bit lost. But even though it was in Dutch, it is very interesting. Some of the pumps were just incredible.

Thank Africache
Reviewed 1 November 2015

We have been here on several eoccassions. We love to take our friends here for a visit. It is a World Heitage and every time we visit, there is something new to admire. the explanation by the volunteer-guides is excellent and there are some tours...More

Thank alierommers640
Reviewed 28 July 2015

I am sure this is a very interesting place to visit but our guide only gave the tour in dutch - with only a brief description in German for a few other guests. We were handed a laminated A4 sheet with some info in English...More

Thank Zoe M
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