Dutch UNESCO World Heritage sites
The UNESCO Netherlands list may not be as long as the list of some other countries, but the sites are amazing. For example, Kinderdijk is a must-see UNESCO Netherlands heritage site. We’ll explain why you have to visit Kinderdijk and some other UNESCO Netherlands sites during your holidays in The Netherlands in this blog post.
What is UNESCO World Heritage?
UNESCO stands for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation. It is a specialized agency of the United Nations system. The organization was created more than half a century ago and is responsible for coordinating international cooperation in education, science, culture, and communication. It strengthens the ties between nations and societies and mobilizes the wider public.
Some of the best UNESCO Netherlands World Heritage goods
The Netherlands has ten UNESCO-recognized world heritage goods. It concerns unique UNESCO Netherlands heritage, which is undeniably part of Dutch history. Nice to know is that this list may be expanded soon, as there is still more Dutch heritage, for which a request has been made to be listed on the UNESCO Netherlands list. One of the most fantastic sites is Kinderdijk, where there are 19 traditional Dutch Windmills located. Other UNESCO Netherlands sites you should take into account for your Holland itinerary are:
- Amsterdam Canal belt:
The historic urban ensemble of the canal district of Amsterdam was a project for a new ‘port city’ built at the end of the 16th and beginning of the 17th centuries.The majority of the houses erected in the 17th and 18th centuries are still present in a good general state of conservation. Alongside the main canals are approx. 1550 monumental buildings. The 17th-century canal ring area, including the Prinsengracht, Keizersgracht, Herengracht, and Jordaan, was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2010.
The Schokland World Heritage Site is an island on dry land in the polder landscape of the Noordoostpolder. The island is 4 kilometers long and 300-500 meters wide. Schokland was the first UNESCO Netherlands Site. This UNESCO Netherlands site is a unique combination of cultural history and nature. Evidence of human habitation going back more than 10,000 years can be found there. Schokland was an attractive settlement area in the Middle Ages when it was much larger, but by the 19th century, it was under continuous threat of flooding due to the rise in sea level.
- Wadden Sea:
The Wadden Sea is the largest unbroken system of intertidal sand and mudflats in the world. In 2009, the Dutch and German parts of the Wadden Sea were inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List, and the Danish part was added in 2014.
See traditional Dutch windmills that are still operating till this day!
So, we’ve explained why you shouldn’t miss out on visiting Dutch windmills in this blog post. Now, all that is left is our advice on where you can see traditional Dutch windmills that are still operating till this day. No need to look any further, because we have the perfect Dutch Countryside & Windmills Tour for you. On this tour, we will stop at the Zaanse Schans. Here we’ll go inside of one of the authentic Dutch windmills that is still operating. The tour is an unforgettable experience that is sure to be cherished by adults and kids alike.