Maeslant Barrier Rotterdam
Protection against the rising sea level
The impressive Maeslantkering (Maeslant Storm Surge) is one of the wonders of the modern world! The barrier was built to protect Rotterdam and surroundings from flooding and is a great piece of Dutch civil engineering in their struggle against the water!
Automatic closure of the Maeslant barrier
The waterway at Hoek van Holland is very important for Rotterdam, as the large port must be accessible at all times. The waterway must be open, but at the same time Rotterdam needs to be protected from storms and high tide. That’s a dilemma. Therefore the Maeslant Storm Barrier has huge movable arms that can close the waterway in case of a storm. Closing the barrier is done fully automated, even the notification of the ships, eight hours before closure is done without any human intervention.
A storm surge as high as the Eiffel Tower
Visit the magnificent Maeslantkering and see this concrete and steel mega-structure yourself! Admire the arms of 237m (780’) length that would be as high as the Paris Eiffel Tower standing upright, the 22 meter high surge doors and the largest steel ball-joint in the world! Imagine the power this storm barrier must resist when an enormous pressure of 35,000 tonnes of water pushes on each of the doors when the barrier is closed!
Restaurant Keringhuis Hoek van Holland
As it’s nearly always windy at Hoek van Holland, but Restaurant Keringhuis offers a nice shelter for a hot (or cold) drink and a lunch. From November 1st till March 1st it’s opened only during the weekends.
A wonder of the modern world
Do you want to understand why the American Society of Civil Engineers has put the Maeslant barrier on their list of wonders of the modern world together with the Golden Gate bridge, the channel tunnel and the Empire State building? There's only one way to find out: visit the Maeslant barrier and experience it yourself!
OPENING HOURS Maeslant Barrier Rotterdam
These are the opening hours of the Maeslant barrier:
Monday 10 am - 4 pm Tuesday 10 am - 4 pm Wednesday 10 am - 4 pm Thursday 10 am - 4 pm Friday 10 am - 4 pm Saturday 11 am - 5 pm Sunday 11 am - 5 pm
Note: The Maeslant barrier is closed on December 25, December 31 and January 1st.
TICKETS Maeslant Barrier Rotterdam
A visit to the Maeslant barrier and information centre is free. During the weekend, school holidays and public holidays you can join a 60 minute guided tour, which can be booked online.
60 minutes Guided Tour Maeslant Barrier Hoek van Holland Children under 4 Free Age 4 through 12 €2,00 Adults age 13 and above €4,00
PARKING Maeslant Barrier Rotterdam
The Maeslant Barrier is located at the Maeslantkeringweg 139 in Hoek van Holland, 25 km west of Rotterdam. You can take the train from Rotterdam Central Station to Railway Station Hoek van Holland and from there you need to take a taxi or rent a bike to get to the Maeslant Barrier. Plan your trip at www.9292.nl. It's free of charge. To travel by public transport in Rotterdam you must purchase a travel chip card first.
Parking near the Maeslant Barrier
If you come by car it's a 25 minutes drive from Rotterdam centre. There are free parking lots on the street in front of the Maeslant Barrier.
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