Water Management

In a coun­try which lies large­ly below sea lev­el, water man­age­ment is a key issue. The Dutch have been experts in keep­ing their feet dry ever since they set­tled in the marshy lands sur­round­ing the Rhine delta, and today many coun­tries and cities around the world call in help from Hol­land when­ev­er they face a water-relat­ed challenge.


Since the real­iza­tion of the Delta Works, a large sys­tem of dams, dykes, locks and storm surge bar­ri­ers in the South­west of the coun­try, the seafront is safe. A big­ger chal­lenge than hor­i­zon­tal water is ver­ti­cal water: salty ground­wa­ter push­ing through the pold­ers, but main­ly the increase in pre­cip­i­ta­tion due to the cli­mate change.

The Dutch approach this chal­lenge in an equal­ly inno­v­a­tive and prag­mat­ic man­ner, with projects includ­ing land recla­ma­tion, water reten­tion squares, under­ground rain­wa­ter stor­age and house boat neighbourhoods.


Our 10-minute video ‘Liv­ing on Water’ tells you more about water man­age­ment in Hol­land, before tak­ing you to four float­ing hous­ing projects in Amsterdam!


The projects pre­sent­ed are part of our tours in IJburg and Buiksloterham.

Water Management Tours

Waterlandse Dyke: water management project at lake IJsselmeer

Water Management in North Holland 

Ams­ter­dam  Dura­tion: 3–4 hours  Date and time to be defined  max. 25 par­tic­i­pants per guide  by bus  Con­tact us for a quote “God cre­at­ed the world, but the Dutch

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Kop van Zuid and Katendrecht: Wilhelminapier in Rotterdam

Kop van Zuid and Katendrecht 

Rot­ter­dam  Dura­tion: 3–4 hours  Date and time to be defined  max. 25 par­tic­i­pants per guide  on foot, by bike  Con­tact us for a quote “Ams­ter­dam is a city with

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utrecht old town
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Utrecht: City Centre 

Utrecht Dura­tion: 3–4 hours Date and time to be defined max. 15 par­tic­i­pants per guide by bike Con­tact us for a quote The medieval city cen­tre of Utrecht has

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