Guided tour of storm surge barrier
Of course you already know that Zeeland and a large part of the Netherlands lie below sea level. In 1953 the dykes were in bad shape and also much too low. The odds of a serious flooding was once per 80 years. Thanks to the storm surge barrier these odds have been lowered to less than once per 4000 years. At Deltapark Neeltje Jans, you can view the interior and the exterior of this immense construction together with a skilled guide. The storm surge barrier consists for the major part of a large “traffic duct” . The Expo “Zeeland safe” is located in this “duct”.
With the Expo as basis, the guide will inform you of all the “ins & outs” pertaining to the construction of this masterpiece of engineering. You will also be allowed a viewing on the platform that is also called the upper beam. Here you will be able to experience from close quarters the sheer force of the water as it rushes by beneath your feet. When standing on top of one of the pillars you can enjoy a wonderful view of the Oosterschelde and North Sea.