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    Delta Works protect against the sea
    Big floods are regularly breaking news around the globe and have always been a great threat to the Netherlands which are partially below sea level. The Delta Works were built to protect the lower areas in the Netherlands against flooding. The Delta Works are a series of huge structures that protect the Dutch provinces of South-Holland, North-Brabant and Zeeland against high North Sea tides and storms. The Delta Works are a unique piece of civil engineering and attract a lot of international visitors. They have been declared by the U.S. Society of Civil Engineers as one of the seven wonders of the modern world.

    The origin of the Delta Works in the Netherlands
    In 1953, a major flood put nearly 200,000 hectares (800sqm) of Dutch land under water and killed nearly 2000 people. This disaster triggered the decision to build the Delta Works and to close some estuaries to radically shorten the Dutch coastline to enable a better protection against the sea. The Delta Works consist of nine dams and four barriers which were built between 1958 and 1997 in the Dutch Provinces of Zeeland, South-Holland and North-Brabant. The most impressive Delta Works structures are the Eastern Scheldt Barrier (Oosterscheldekering) and the Maeslant Barrier (Maeslantkering). Most Delta Works dams have motorways on top and these guardian angels can be visited for free.

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    Eastern Scheldt storm surge barrier
    The Eastern Scheldt storm surge barrier (or Oosterscheldekering in Dutch) in  the Dutch Province of Zeeland is the largest structure of the Delta Works with a length of nine kilometers (nearly 6 miles). The Eastern Scheldt barrier is a unique piece of hydraulic engineering, as a highly complex dam was built to protect the Netherlands against high tide and storms. This barrier contains huge 45 meter wide lock gates, which are nearly always open in order to keep the water behind the Eastern Scheldt dam salty and commercial fishing can continue. At spring tide in combination with stormy weather, these huge barrier doors are closed to protect the below sea level Netherlands against the North Sea. The motorway N57 runs actually over the Eastern Scheldt dam and you can see the impressive hydraulic gates from inside and outside the barrier. Crossing the barrier by car is free, but tickets for the gates are available at Delta park Neeltje Jans. 

    Exhibition Centre Delta Park Neeltje Jans
    Neeltje Jans is the name of an artificial island that was reclaimed during the construction of the Delta Works as a logistic aid to build the Eastern Scheldt barrier. Nowadays the water theme park called Delta Park Neeltje Jans is located on this island. Neeltje Jans offers several family attractions like a seal show, a hurricane simulator, a 3-D movie, a swinging ship, a water playground and a quick water slide. You can also take a boat tour to see the natural world of the Eastern Scheldt and if you're lucky you might spot some seals or porpoises during your trip! At the Delta Expo exhibition centre you can watch a film about the history and construction of the Delta Works. At Neeltje Jans, a huge salt water aquarium shows colourful sea anemones, shrimps, lobsters and rays which have its habitat within the Eastern Scheldt estuary.

    Maeslant Storm barrier Rotterdam
    Another masterpiece of the Delta Works is the Maeslant barrier near Hoek van Holland. This barrier is easily accessible from Rotterdam and well worth a visit. The Maeslant barrier is one of a kind, as it consists of two huge moving arms, which can close the waterway to Rotterdam in case of extremely high tides. This part of the Delta Works construction is also very complex, as the port of Rotterdam must remain accessible for huge vessels at all times, while in case of an emergency the barrier protects the city of Rotterdam against high water. The Maeslant Storm barrier also offers a visitor centre and you can you book a guided tour.

    Maeslant Barrier
    Maeslant Barrier
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  • OPENING HOURS Delta works and Neeltje Jans Holland

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    These are the opening hours for:
    Deltapark Neeltje Jans:

    April - October



    10 am - 5:30 pm


    10 am - 5:30 pm


    10 am - 5:30 pm


    10 am - 5:30 pm


    10 am - 5:30 pm


    10 am - 5:30 pm


    10 am - 5:30 pm

    Please note: during the winter months Delta Park Neeltje Jans is not open every day and closes a bit earlier at 5 pm. Avoid disappointment and check their calendar online.

  • ADMISSION Delta Works and Neeltje Jans Holland

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    Admission Water park Neeltje Jans:

    April till October


    Babies under 1


    Toddlers age 1 through 3


    Adults age 4 and above


    November till March


    Babies under 1


    Toddlers age 1 through 3


    Adults age 4 and above


    Car parking


    Online ticket discount adults


  • PARKING Delta works and Neeltje Jans Holland

    Public transport to the Delta Works and Neeltje Jans
    Delta Park Neeltje Jans is located at Faelweg 5 in the small city of Vrouwenpolder, 96 km south of Rotterdam. Travel to Neeltje Jans by train from Rotterdam Central Station to Middelburg and change to bus 133 to Neeltje Jans. The total trip time is about 2 hours and 15 miutes. In winter it's a bit complicated to visit Neeltje Jans by public transport, so a rental car from Rotterdam would be a good alternative. Plan your trip for free at

    Parking at Waterpark Neeltje Jans
    Follow highway A16 direction Dordrecht, highway A15 direction Europoort and take main road N57 to the south. Neeltje Jans is located along the scenic N57 with a great view on the North Sea and the Delta Works, but your speed is monitored by photo enforcement. Follow the signs to Neeltje Jans. The total trip time from Rotterdam to Neeltje Jans is 1 hour and 15 minutes. Pay to park your car at the private Neeltje Jans parking lot.

  • CONTACT Delta works and Neeltje Jans Holland

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    Neeltje Jans Holland
    Faelweg 5, 4354 RB Vrouwenpolder
    Tel: +31 111 655655
    Fax: +31 111-653164

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  • REVIEWS Delta works and Neeltje Jans Holland

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    1 Nov 2013, saskia, CLAIRVAUX LES LACS 

    Ik was al jaren geleden op de Delta werken geweest, een geweldig interessante tentoonstelling. Wat een teleurstelling om nu hier terug te komen met mijn franse man,ik wilde hem trots de Deltawerken tonen, niet een pret park met arme zeehonden en een ... read more »


    24 Jul 2013, j v d b, Lanaken 

    Belachelijke hoge entreeprijs,ik kom voor de delta bouwwerken.Ja dit is het slechste wat ik na 20 jaar terug heb gezien.


    18 Jul 2013, Brigitte van Straaten, Gouda 

    Wij zijn een week op vakantie in Zeeland, waarbij een bezoekje aan Deltapark Neeltje Jans op de agenda stond vanwege onze kleine kinderen. Geweldige zeeleeuwenshows en mooi aquarium met haaien gezien. De kinderen hebben genoten en wij dus ook. Ik kan... read more »


    18 Jul 2013, Jasmin Seijbel, Rotterdam 

    Leuk park rondom de Deltawerken.
    Prima uit je voor de hele familie en niet alleen voor gasten die de Deltawerken willen zien.
    Parkeren aan de hoge kant.


    17 Jul 2013, Norbert van Velzen, Hengelo 

    Voor een ordinair pretpark hoef ik niet naar de Delta Werken toe. Laat toch de geschiedenis en de bouw van het machtige bouwwerk zien! Richt daar een indrukwekkend terrein voor in zou ik willen zeggen.

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