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Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal

Gemaalweg 1a, 8531 PS Lemmer, The Netherlands
+31 514 561 814
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Steam Pumping History

Arrived late in the afternoon and found an English speaking docent who gave me an amazing tour... read more

Reviewed 9 July 2018
abacus032
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San Jose, California
Nice example of industrial architecture still in operation!

The Woudagemaal inaugurated in 1920 is the largest steam pumping station in the world among those... read more

Reviewed 29 June 2018
Maurizio1970
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Lemmer, The Netherlands
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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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Reviewed 9 July 2018

Arrived late in the afternoon and found an English speaking docent who gave me an amazing tour around the still active steam pumping station that keeps Friesland dry in the winter and wet in the summer..worth a visit.

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Reviewed 29 June 2018

The Woudagemaal inaugurated in 1920 is the largest steam pumping station in the world among those still working. The museum (recently built) offers numerous panels and interactive machinery regarding the functioning of the water level regulation in Friesland (fun and interesting for children and adults)....More

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Reviewed 13 February 2018 via mobile

Visited recently with my parents who are older. We only speak English so were happy to be accommodated with a guide that personally took us though the pump station and explained the entire process. Very interesting working piece of history and we were happy to...More

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Reviewed 7 November 2017

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 5 November 2017

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

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Reviewed 16 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
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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.

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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).

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Reviewed 12 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
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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

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