List of World Heritage Sites in the Netherlands

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Location of UNESCO World Heritage Sites within Curaçao

This is a list of World Heritage Sites in the Netherlands with properties of cultural and natural heritage in the Netherlands as inscribed in UNESCO's World Heritage List or as on the country's tentative list.[1] The Netherlands, with an extension to Curaçao,[note 1] accepted the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage on 26 August 1992, after which it could nominate properties on their territory to be considered for the World Heritage List.[2]

Currently, 10 properties in the Netherlands and Curaçao are inscribed on the World Heritage List. Nine of these are cultural properties and one is a natural property.[1] The first was added to the list in 1995 and the latest in 2014. Eight properties are in the Netherlands, one is in Curaçao, and one is in both the Netherlands and Germany. The tentative list of the Netherlands contains eight properties, all of which were submitted on 17 August 2011.[1] The nomination of an additional property on the tentative list, Teylers, Haarlem, was withdrawn at the request of the Netherlands during the 37th Session of the World Heritage Committee in 2013 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia after ICOMOS determined that the site did not suitably meet the criteria.[3]

The names in the tables below are the names of the properties as used on the website of UNESCO.[1] There are three different types of properties possible: cultural, natural, and mixed.[note 2] Selection criteria i, ii, iii, iv, v, and vi are the cultural criteria, and selection criteria vii, viii, ix, and x are the natural criteria.[4] The years for the properties on the World Heritage List are the years of inscription, the years for the tentative list are those of submission. The numbers are the reference numbers as used by UNESCO, and they link directly to the description pages of the properties on the UNESCO website.[1]

Properties on the World Heritage List[edit]

ID Image Name Location Type (criteria) Year Description
739 Church Schokland Museum.jpg Schokland and Surroundings Noordoostpolder, Flevoland

52°38′19″N 5°46′18″E / 52.63861°N 5.77167°E / 52.63861; 5.77167[5]

Cultural (iii, v)[5] 1995[5] Schokland symbolizes the struggle of the people of the Netherlands against the sea. It was an inhabited peninsula since pre-historic times, it became an island in the 15th century, until it was completely encroached by the Zuiderzee in 1859. In the 1940s the Noordoostpolder was created and consequently Schokland was reclaimed.[5]
759 Fort bij Vijfhuizen.jpg Defence Line of Amsterdam North Holland and Utrecht

52°22′28″N 4°53′35″E / 52.37444°N 4.89306°E / 52.37444; 4.89306[6]

Cultural (ii, iv, v)[6] 1996[6] The defence line around the Dutch capital Amsterdam was built between 1883 and 1920. It is the only fortification that is based on the principle of controlling the waters around a city. It contains a network of 45 armed forts and can temporarily flood polders extending 135 kilometers around Amsterdam.[6]
818 Windmills of Kinderdijk (7).JPG Mill Network at Kinderdijk-Elshout Alblasserdam and Nieuw-Lekkerland, South Holland

51°52′57″N 4°38′58″E / 51.88250°N 4.64944°E / 51.88250; 4.64944

Cultural (i, ii, iv) 1997
819 Handelskade Willemstad.jpg Historic Area of Willemstad, Inner City and Harbour, Curaçao Willemstad, Curaçao[note 3]

12°6′6.984″N 68°54′7.99″W / 12.10194000°N 68.9022194°W / 12.10194000; -68.9022194

Cultural (ii, iv, v) 1997
867 Woudagemaal-the-Netherlands.jpg Ir.D.F. Woudagemaal (D.F. Wouda Steam Pumping Station) Lemmer, Lemsterland, Friesland

52°50′44.988″N 5°40′44.00″E / 52.84583000°N 5.6788889°E / 52.84583000; 5.6788889

Cultural (i, ii, iv) 1998
A Beemsterlants Caerte Daniël van Breen 1658.jpg
Droogmakerij de Beemster (Beemster Polder) Beemster, North Holland

52°32′56″N 4°54′40″E / 52.54889°N 4.91111°E / 52.54889; 4.91111

Cultural (i, ii, iv) 1999
965 Rietveld Schröderhuis HayKranen-20.JPG Rietveld Schröderhuis (Rietveld Schröder House) Utrecht, Utrecht

52°5′7″N 5°8′50″E / 52.08528°N 5.14722°E / 52.08528; 5.14722

Cultural (i, ii) 2000
1314 Waddenzee zon.jpg The Wadden Sea Friesland, Groningen, and North Holland

53°23′27″N 5°39′57″E / 53.39083°N 5.66583°E / 53.39083; 5.66583

Natural (viii, ix, x) 2009
1349 Amsterdam airphoto.jpg Seventeenth-century canal ring area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht Amsterdam, North Holland

52°21′54″N 4°53′16″E / 52.36500°N 4.88778°E / 52.36500; 4.88778

Cultural (i, ii, iv) 2010
1441 Rotterdam van nelle fabriek.jpg Van Nelle Factory Rotterdam, South Holland 51°55′24″N 4°26′00″E / 51.92333°N 4.43333°E / 51.92333; 4.43333 Cultural (ii, iv) 2014

The Netherlands’s tentative list[edit]

ID Image Name Location Type (criteria) Year Description
5627 Lactophrys polygonia.jpg Bonaire Marine Park Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands[note 4]

12°10′N 68°15′W / 12.167°N 68.250°W / 12.167; -68.250

Natural (vii, viii, ix, x) 2011
5629 FranekerPlanetarium.JPG Eise Eisinga Planetarium Franeker, Friesland

53°11′15″N 5°32′38″E / 53.18750°N 5.54389°E / 53.18750; 5.54389

Cultural (vii, viii, ix, x) 2011
5630 Wilhelminalaan 88 Frederiksoord.jpg Koloniën van Weldadigheid (agricultural pauper colony) Veenhuizen, Noordenveld, Drenthe

53°01′N 6°23′E / 53.017°N 6.383°E / 53.017; 6.383 Frederiksoord/Wilhelminaoord, Westerveld, Drenthe
52°50′N 6°11′E / 52.833°N 6.183°E / 52.833; 6.183

Cultural (vii, viii, ix, x) 2011
5631 Naarden kl.JPG Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie Gelderland, North Brabant, North Holland, South Holland, and Utrecht

52°20′14″N 5°4′12″E / 52.33722°N 5.07000°E / 52.33722; 5.07000 51°47′57″N 4°52′06″E / 51.79917°N 4.86833°E / 51.79917; 4.86833

Natural (vii, viii, ix, x) 2011
5632 Plantagehuisje Ascersion.JPG Plantations in West Curaçao Curaçao[note 3]

12°20′32″N 69°05′38″W / 12.34222°N 69.09389°W / 12.34222; -69.09389

Cultural (vii, viii, ix, x) 2011
5633 Zonstrhoofd02achter.jpg Sanatorium Zonnestraal Hilversum, North Holland

52°12′02″N 5°09′11″E / 52.20056°N 5.15306°E / 52.20056; 5.15306

Cultural (i, ii, iv) 2011
5636 Romeinse wachttoren fort vechten netherlands.jpg Frontiers of the Roman Empire (extension) Gelderland, South Holland, and Utrecht

52°12′44″N 4°23′52″E / 52.21222°N 4.39778°E / 52.21222; 4.39778 51°51′55″N 6°03′49″E / 51.86528°N 6.06361°E / 51.86528; 6.06361

Cultural (vii, viii, ix, x) 2011

Previous tentative-list sites[edit]

List of sites whose nomination was not approved by the World Heritage Committee.

Name: as listed by the World Heritage Committee
Location: city or location of site
UNESCO data: Site reference number, the year the site was inscribed on the tentative list, and the criteria it was listed under
Withdrawal of nomination: Year, World Heritage Committee Session
Reason: Reason(s) inscription was not recommended
Name Image Location UNESCO data Withdrawal of nomination Reason(s)
Teylers, Haarlem Teylersmuseum.JPG Haarlem, North Holland 5634 (2011) i, iii, iv 2013, 37th Session (Phnom Penh, Cambodia) Site did not demonstrate how, without a considerable number of detailed qualifiers, it could be seen as the most exceptional example among the many learning institutions of the European Age of Enlightenment, which have been preserved.[7]
Island of Saba Saba School of Medicine.jpg Saba, Caribbean Netherlands[note 5]

17°38′N 63°14′W / 17.633°N 63.233°W / 17.633; -63.233

5628 (2011) Natural (vii, viii, ix, x) 2019 Removed from tentative list but no official reason has been announced yet.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Netherlands and Curaçao are both constituent countries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
  2. ^ There are no mixed properties in the Netherlands and Curaçao on the World Heritage List or on the country's tentative list.
  3. ^ a b Curaçao is a constitute country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the Caribbean.
  4. ^ Bonaire is a special municipality of the Netherlands located in the Caribbean.
  5. ^ Saba is a special municipality of the Netherlands located in the Caribbean.


  1. ^ a b c d e Netherlands. UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Retrieved on 2012-01-21.
  2. ^ State Parties. UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Retrieved on 2012-01-21.
  3. ^ "Decisions Adopted by the World Heritage Committee at its 37TH Session WHC-13/37.COM/20, Decision: 37 COM 8B.36" (PDF).
  4. ^ The Criteria. UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Retrieved on 2009-07-23.
  5. ^ a b c d Schokland and Surroundings. UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Retrieved on 2012-01-22.
  6. ^ a b c d Defence Line of Amsterdam. UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Retrieved on 2012-01-22.
  7. ^ "Evaluations of Nominations of Cultural and Mixed Properties WHC-13/37.COM/INF.8B1, pg. 197" (PDF).