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Schokland and Surroundings, Netherlands

From series “Top 15 Unesco Sites in Europe”
In the Netherlands, travelers will have an opportunity to visit the amazing Schokland Island. It is of great interest due to its fantastically picturesque landscapes and historical monuments. Initially, Schokland was a peninsula. However, in the 15th century, due to the onset of the sea, a narrow isthmus connecting the main territory of the mainland, was completely flooded. The island had a strategic importance, but because of the low altitude it was regularly subjected to destructive elements.

Schokland and Surroundings, Netherlands In 1859, due to constant flooding, it was decided to resettle local residents to other, safer parts of the country. After the island became uninhabited, the lighthouse and harbor, which employed a few dozen people, remained active. The lighthouse on the island served until the mid-20th century, and then was taken to pieces.

Within a few years, the authorities decided to turn the island into a cultural center. So, the building of the old church, where the Schokland Museum is located today, was restored. Natuurlijk Schokland company is reviving lost landscapes and the architectural heritage of the island. A lot of deciduous trees were planted, old streets, and some of the buildings were restored at its expenses. There are plans to restore the old harbor and the lighthouse. Schokland has a huge national and patriotic significance for locals. The island remains a symbol of the struggle between people and the water element. Next - The Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments


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Schokland and Surroundings - interactive map

Useful staff nearby

ATM bankomat: 'Rabobank Noordoostpolder-Urk' located in 3.35 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'Lorenzo's Auto's' is located in 18 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'Tank S Waterkant Ens' in 3.12 km
Supermarket: 'Freriks H.G. A.G.F. producten' in 2.1 km
Parking: 'Han Stijkel' in 6.67 km
Apotheek: 'Apotheek Ens B.V.' in 3.19 km
Police station: 'Politiebureau Urk' in 12 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Schokland' in 0.05 km
Railway station: 'Kampen' in 12 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Lelystad Airport LEY - in 25 km
 »  Leeuwarden Airport LWR - in 65 km
 »  De Kooy Airport DHR - in 74 km
 »  Eelde Airport QYT - in 76 km
 »  Schiphol Airport AMS - in 77 km
 Cities nearby

Best hotels near Schokland

Hotel van Saaze

Located in 8 km from Schokland
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Rooms: 26
In the ''Kop van Flevoland'', near to the famous place Giethoorn lies the most beautiful green village of the Noordoostpolder, Kraggenburg. The area … More: photo, rates and booking
Hotel Emmeloord

Located in 10 km from Schokland
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Rooms: 109
Hotel Emmeloord benefits from rooms with extra-long beds and satellite TV. Some of the rooms feature views over the surrounding countryside. Lelystad … More: photo, rates and booking
B&B PolderPoort

Located in 11 km from Schokland
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Rooms: 1
The marble floored studio has white walls with a turquoise coloured wall behind the bed. A kitchenette is featured where simple meals can be made. … More: photo, rates and booking
Zeilschip Oban

Located in 12 km from Schokland
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Rooms: 1
Zeilschip Oban offers two living rooms, an open plan kitchen, three bathrooms and seven cabins. The IJssel lake is a short distance away and there … More: photo, rates and booking

Nearest unique sightseeing spots to visit

Castle Muiderslot
58 km - Castle Muiderslot
In the Netherlands there is the incredibly beautiful and interesting castle on the water - Muiderslot, which is located in the surroundings of Amsterdam. The castle is situated on the mouth of the river Vechte and was built, according to some assumptions, in the second …
Netherlands Institute of Sound and Image
60 km - Netherlands Institute of Sound and Image
In Hilversum has placed the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision. It became known for the world thanks to its unusual design. The Institute’s façade is decorated with colourful glass panels that with the photodiode lights look wonderful. This building was …
Pythonbrug
63 km - Pythonbrug
A lot of beautiful and unusual bridges can be seen in Amsterdam. Among them, the python bridge or the snake-shaped bridge must be mentioned above all. The distinctive name of the bridge perfectly reflects its primary particularity. The metal bridge is characterized by …
Sauna Deco
66 km - Sauna Deco
A real landmark of national importance for the Netherlands is a Deco sauna, located in Amsterdam. This small sauna, located in the heart of the city, is a true embodiment of the Art Deco style. In its interior there is a variety of exquisite elements made of bronze. A …
Electric Ladyland Fluorescent Museum
67 km - Electric Ladyland Fluorescent Museum
In Amsterdam, travelers will have an opportunity to visit the surreal Electric Ladyland Museum, the world's only museum of the fluorescence, which strikes with colors and incredible exhibits. The founder of the museum is the unusual local resident Nick Padalino. He …
Queen's Day
70 km - Queen's Day
Every year at the end of April the Dutch celebrate the "most orange" festival on the planet - Queen's Day. The date of the event varies from year to year and falls on the 29th and 30th of April. The symbolic significance and grand scales are the main features of …

Top destination around Schokland and Surroundings - Zwolle

The largest city of Overijssel province, Zwolle is located on the bank of the River Ijssel. The province is widely known as a large farming region, so here you will find spacious fields, lakes and forests. However, Zwolle is a modern city with numerous beautiful buildings, monuments and hotels. Tourists, who visit Zwolle for the first time, are usually amazed by the contrast between the hangar suburbs of the city and its modern prosperous look.

The city’s embankment is located in the center of Zwolle. It is named to honor a famous Dutch politician – prime-minister Thorbeke. He played an important role in the development of yet young and small town. Unfortunately, only few historical monuments managed to survive in Zwolle. The others were destroyed. The tower of Virgin Mary Basilica remains the most famous sight of the city. The building of this church took place in the middle of the 15th century. The top of the tower is decorated with a small green cupola that has given the nickname to the tower – among local people it is known as “pepper pot”.
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