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Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal

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Address: Gemaalweg 1a, 8531 PS Lemmer, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 514 561 814
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Ir. D.F. Wouda Steam Pumping Station The D.F. Woudagemaal in the town of...

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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Simon K

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 16, 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 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 the facility and the tour guide was brilliant and the historical material onsite was very... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 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

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 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.

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Waconia, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 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 came through in his talking. It was absolutely incredible. To think that this pumping station... More 

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Lemmer, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 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.

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Bunia, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 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.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 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 in english abnd German. The Building is also in the Amsterdam architectural style

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 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 but it felt like we very much missed out on lots of interesting explanation.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2015

This is a world class world heritage site. It is like a working museum, having been built nearly 100 years ago. But our guide who was fabulous kept reminding me that it was not a museum as it still is the pump of last resort for Friesland. The pump house is wonderful to see and the exhibition and film and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2015

This is an impressive working monument highlighting the centuries-long Dutch struggle against the flooding. It is not well set up for non-Dutch speakers, though. There is a 4-minute intro movie with English subtitles that runs too quick to make sense of; then, there is a 12-minute dramatization of the need to start the station up, also with English subtitles, mildly... More 

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