"AFSLUITDIJK" Kornwerderzand by pieter_jan_v

Kornwerderzand Travel Guide: 10 reviews and 23 photos


Kornwerderzand is the only destinations in the Virtual Tourist database related to the AFSLUITDIJK. I will use this entry to store my info on this dike and all its destinations.

Afsluitdijk History

The construction of the Afsluitdijk was finished at 1.02PM, may 28 in1932. This dike closes the former Zuiderzee from open seawater (the Waddenzee) and connects the provinces Noord-Holland and Friesland. The dike was made to protect the inner coastlines along the old Zuiderzee (now IJsselmeer) and to allow the construction of new polders.

Already in the 17th century there were plans for a dam, but it lasted to the floods of 1916 till the plans of Ir. Cornelis Lely were taking serious. At June 14 1918 the Zuiderzeewet passed through government and a new
governmentbody -Dienst der Zuiderzeewerken- was responsible for the realisation.

The first step in 1920 was to connect the former Island of Wieringen to the main land by construction of the Amsteldijk (see my Amstelmeer-page).

In 1927 the construction of the Afsluitdijk started.

At Jananuary 23 1933 the dike was open to traffic that had to pay toll for the 2-lane road. There were plans for construction of a railroad, but in stead the road was extended to a 4-lane highway in 1976.

There are 2 lock-complexes -Stevin and Lorentz- to control the waterlevel in the IJsselmeer.

Since March 1, 2011 the maximum speed at the Afsluitdijk highway is 130 km/hour.

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The closure

The moment at 1.02 PM at May 28 1932.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Fast connection
  • Cons:You have to break twice
  • In a nutshell:30 kilometers with a spectacular wide view
  • Last visit to Kornwerderzand: Feb 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • breughel's Profile Photo
    Oct 14, 2012 at 5:04 AM

    I drove several times over the Afsluitdijk but ignored it was from 1933.

  • beanie777's Profile Photo
    Mar 12, 2011 at 9:42 PM

    I rode this during my trip to NL in 09.. The view from the monument was spectacular. Now, someday to come back and cycle across it. Enjoyed the photos.. brought back fond memories.

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Aug 12, 2004 at 2:28 PM

    Interesting info.

  • Mar 30, 2003 at 1:04 AM

    Interesting place and page! Great pictures too, Pieter:)

  • rozehill's Profile Photo
    Mar 29, 2003 at 4:10 AM

    Very interesting tips and delightful pictures of the dikes

  • ATLC's Profile Photo
    Mar 24, 2003 at 5:20 AM

    Thanks for filling the gap on important Dutch history and engineering.


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