World Heritage in the Netherlands

The Kingdom of the Netherlands has ten national sites considered so important for humanity that we want to pass them on safely to future generations. These are our UNESCO World Heritage sites. They include cultural and natural monuments, and combinations of the two.

Ten Dutch World Heritage sites

The Dutch UNESCO World Heritage sites tell us something about our country and its place in the world. The Netherlands itself has nine WH-sites, Curaçao one. They represent three themes: the Netherlands – land of water, the Netherlands as a civic society and the Netherlands as a designed country.

  • The Van Nelle Factory, Rotterdam (2014)
  • The Amsterdam Canal District (2010)
  • The Wadden Sea (2009, jointly with Germany and Denmark)
  • The Rietveld-Schröder House, Utrecht (2000)
  • Beemster Polder, Noord-Holland (1999)
  • The D.F. Wouda Steam Pumping Station, near Lemmer (1998)
  • The Mill Network at Kinderdijk-Elshout (1997)
  • The Defence Line of Amsterdam (1996)
  • Schokland and Surroundings (1995)
  • Historic Willemstad, Curaçao (1997)

Role of the Cultural Heritage Agency

The Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (RCE) implements Dutch government policy related to our World Heritage sites by:

  • coordinating the preparation of nomination files and management plans; cooperating with siteholders;
  • providing public information in conjunction with the Netherlands World Heritage Foundation; 
  • maintaining contacts with UNESCO.