Living Below Sea Level: Water Management In The Netherlands Private Tour


Tour Number

Activity Level



Youth and Family, Shore Excursion, Museums / Culture, Day Trip / Out of Town


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: Yes.
You must be able to get in or out of a car.

Maximum travelers: 7



Dutch (fluent), English (fluent)

See how we protect our country against the water

26% of the land surface of the Netherlands is below sea level, and 60% of the land surface of the Netherlands is sensitive / vulnerable to flooding.

Around 4 million people in the Netherlands actually live below sea level. Still nobody seems to worry. Me, I wouldn't dare to live in a country with earthquakes or volcanos. But to live below sea level is no problem for me or for most people in the Netherlands. How do we do that? And how does the Netherlands protect itself against a rising sea level? That's what we will try to find out on this tour.


We will make a tour by private car in the area south of Amsterdam. You will see a lot of examples of reclaimed land. We call it a polder. We will visit a polder where windmills are still in use to pump out the water.

We will also visit the world's largest steam engine, used to pump dry the polder where Schiphol airport is. It is a museum now. We can combine the tour with a visit to a cheese factory. And of course you will see a lot of cows. I love to tell you a lot about water management in the Netherlands.

It is possible to combine this tour with a visit to the keukenhof, one of the world's largest flower gardens (only when open, in 2018 the Keukenhof is open from March 22 till May 13). Please visit my tour:
Keukenhof and Dutch countryside tour.

Good weather is not included. Be prepared for rain, wind and cold weather. In the months of March and April, even gloves are sometimes needed.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: We can meet at your hotel, cruise terminal or any other place that is convenient for you in or near Amsterdam.

End location: I can bring you back to your hotel, the cruise terminal where your ship is docked or any place in or near Amsterdam.

Duration: 6 hours


Private rental car with sufficient space for all of you.

What’s Included

Other: Transportation by private rental car with enough space to fit you all.
Entrance museum Cruquius.
My time and service as your private guide is included.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

30 Euro - For a lunch and or coffee

What’s Extra

Other: Food and drinks
This tour is designed for up to 6 hours. If you'd like to shorten or extend it, please contact me for details and a quote.


@Museums. I do not guide inside. They have written information, audio-guides or professional guides available for you.
@Languages. I can guide in English and Netherlands. In the other languages listed, I do have basic understanding.

Private tour guide Wilfred P.

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