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Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal

Gemaalweg 1a, 8531 PS Lemmer, The Netherlands
+31 514 561 814
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Great Piece of History

Lovely place to walk around (especially on a rainy day) Very informative guides will explain the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Vientiane Laos
Interesting history still important nowadays

I visited the Woudagemaal twice and it is for sure interesting to find out that this 'gemaal' is... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Ir. D.F. Wouda Steam Pumping Station The D.F. Woudagemaal in the town of Lemmer is the world's largest steam pumping station still in working condition. The pumping station was opened in 1920 by Queen Wilhelmina for the purpose of pumping excess water from Friesland into the Zuyder Zee, the present-day IJsselmeer. The imposing brick building is austere and functional, in line with the architectural style of the Amsterdam School. In 1966, the electrically driven J.L. Hoogland pumping station in Stavoren took over the task of the steam pumping station in Lemmer. And yet, even today, the historic D.F. Woudagemaal plays a crucial role in extreme conditions. In cases of extremely high water, the old steam pumping station is deployed to drain excess water into the IJsselmeer as quickly as possible. The D.F. Woudagemaal has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1998.
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Gemaalweg 1a, 8531 PS Lemmer, The Netherlands
+31 514 561 814
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely place to walk around (especially on a rainy day) Very informative guides will explain the steam engines that move the water. You can walk amongst all the machinery. Sweet cafe with a view too.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited the Woudagemaal twice and it is for sure interesting to find out that this 'gemaal' is still important to the waterlevel in Friesland. Amazing that this build so many years ago and still works and even still is as already mentioned very important....More

Thank Kooidinges
Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

Tour was very informative and interesting,the whole experience was very nice, 3d movie experience and of course touring around this inspiring engineering!

Thank Ahmed H
Reviewed 27 August 2017

A nice and informative museum in a modern environment. Afterwards a tour through the pump station with an interesting guide. Nice station to visit on a not so nice day with rain and wind.

Thank anypomp
Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

The wouda gemaal is a very interesting unesco site. It is a great outing. The tour is very interesting; also a very nice visitor center. Cost is vey low (only 8 euro).

1  Thank G B
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Just go there, tours available in dutch, german, english and french, get used to steam energy, and enjoy the fabulous piece of Amsterdam School architecture. Its just fabulous, and ready for anyone to enjoy!!

Thank sto7
Reviewed 16 September 2016

I grew up in the village where the Woudagemaal is located, but left 27 years ago, this year for the first time after all that time I went back and took my wife and two youngest children to visit the Woudagemaal. All of us loved...More

1  Thank simon k
Reviewed 15 August 2016

a really interesting tour although the day we went it was only guided in Dutch. If you only speak English, the English written hand out is really well done

Thank K A
Reviewed 6 May 2016 via mobile

For those that love the old technique of steam engines and big water pumps this is a great visit. The newly built visitor center offers a very good insight into the workings an history of this monument.

1  Thank Edwardnzl
Reviewed 17 March 2016

We have been here before and it was very difficult due to not much English. However, this time We got there as it opened and we had a tour (just our group) and our guide spoke in English and his love of the place just...More

Thank csbsn2002
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