The Netherlands is located in a low-lying delta where large rivers such as the Rhine and IJssel run into the sea. The history of the country has been determined by the struggle against water. The Flood Disaster in 1953 was a rude awakening. Measures to prevent a repetition of the disaster were put forward in the form of the Delta Plan. This Storm Surge Barrier in the New Waterway is part of that plan. If a water level of 3.00 m above NAP is anticipated for Rotterdam the barrier has to be closed. In the event of a storm tide, the docks are filled with water so that the hollow gates start to float and can be turned into the New Waterway. Once the gates meet, the cavities are filled with water and the gates sink to the bottom, thus sealing off the 360 m-wide opening. After the high water has passed the gates are pumped out and the structure begins to float again. Once it is certain that the next high water will not be another abnormally high one, the two gates are returned to their docks.
Monday-Friday from 10.00 to 16.00 hours. Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 11.00 to 17.00 hours. Closed on 25 December, 31 december and 1 January. Admission is free.
How to get there?
Car: From Rotterdam A20 to Hoek van Holland. After Maassluis take Hoek van Holland exit. Follow N220 take left exit to Maeslantkering. From The Hague: Follow signs for Hoek van Holland. At Hoek van Holland - Maassluis (N220) take ‘Maeslantkering’ turn. Public transport: Train from Rotterdam get out at Hoek van Holland Haven. From the station take taxi or hire a cycle. By water: Given prior notification it’s also possible to moor by boat. Telephone for further information see the website.