Panoramic view from the Afsluitdijk Wadden Center

At the Afsluitdijk Wadden Center you will learn all about the age-old battle waged by the Dutch against water. The striking visitor's centre is the perfect starting point for discovering the UNESCO World Heritage site the Wadden Sea. Inside, there are smart innovations and practical solutions, such as polders, dikes and dams, on display. On the roof, you have a stunning view of the Wadden Sea, the IJsselmeer lake and of course the Afsluitdijk itself. You get a combination of learning about cultural history and technology with getting some fresh air.

Experience the mud flats without getting your feet wet

You will stay nice and dry and warm as you walk through the interactive experience exhibition in the Wadden Center. Watch the development of a country under sea level. The smart solutions from the past and the challenges of today: climate change and rising sea levels. Look at the design of the fish migration river for migratory fish to use to travel between fresh and salt water habitats. Or be inspired to explore the rest of the region and discover the unique flora and fauna.

SKOM food & drink

Did you work up an appetite looking at all of that hard work on the dike? The Afsluitdijk Wadden Center has an inviting restaurant where you can go relax after seeing the exhibition and enjoy the view of the IJsselmeer lake.

Work of art for the Afsluitdijk

The Afsluitdijk, which was built in 1932, is a work of art of its own, of course. An impressive feat of Dutch engineering by Cornelis Lely. In 2017, artist Daan Roosegaarde and his team added the work of art Lichtpoort. It emphasises the beauty of the dike as well as Cornelis Lely's courage and vision. The 60 monumental original control portals on the dike were restored and treated with a reflective finish. When you drive past it in the dark, the portals light up, like beacons in the night. Roosegaarde has created a breath-taking link between people and landscape, past and future, light and darkness, poetry and functionality.