5 Lighthouses to Explore in Netherlands

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Netherlands literally means 'lower countries' in reference to its low elevation and flat topography, with only about 50% of its land exceeding 1 metre (3 ft 3 in) above sea level, and nearly 17% falling below sea level. Most of the areas below sea level, known as polders, are the result of land reclamation that began in the 16th century.

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Lighthouses to Explore in Netherlands

Breskens Lighthouse

The lighthouse of Breskens is the oldest remaining cast-iron lighthouse in the Netherlands. It was built in 1867 and became a monument in 1982.The octagonal, black and white tower marks the entrance to the Westerschelde. The tower is 28.4 metres tall and consists of five stories. It is part of a series of lights marking the end of the Schelde river and guide traffic between the North Sea and the harbor of Antwerp.

North Tower

A majestic lighthouse on the Dutch island Schiermonnikoog, one of the Frisian Islands, on the edge of the North Sea; the other is the South Tower. It was built by H.G. Jansen & A. van Rhyn, and was activated in 1854. From the tower, weather reports are issued for the coastal waters. In 1998 it was painted red.

The lighthouse of Zoutelande

The lighthouse of Zoutelande or Sergeant is a lighthouse near Zoutelande in the Dutch province of Zeeland. Together with the lighthouse Westkapelle Hoog, the tower formed a light line in a southwestern direction to guide ships safely through the fairway of the Oostgat coming from Vlissingen. The tower is 12.8 meters high. The light from the light stand has a range of 12 nautical miles, a height of 22 meters above sea level and the color of the light has been white since 2015.

Urk Lighthouse

Urk Lighthouse is a lighthouse in Urk at the eastern banks of the IJsselmeer. From 1617 a coal fire was used for the local fishermen as well as for the ships sailing from Amsterdam to the North Sea. The current lighthouse station was established in 1837. The lighthouse was restored in 1972 and declared a national monument of the Netherlands in 1982. The tower can be visited during guided tours.

Westerlicht Lighthouse

A majestic lighthousewas built in 1837in Haamstede, Netherlands. Designed by L. Valk at 47 m above ground and a light stand at 58 m above sea level it is one of the tallest lighthouses in the Netherlands. The lighthouse is built in brick and iron, the walls are 2.4 m thick at the bottom, tapering upward. It is painted in a red-and-white spiral. A stair of 226 steps, in stone and partially in iron, leads to the top. The lighthouse is unattended.

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