Nieuwerkerk aan den IJssel (Zuid-Holland) - The lowest point in the Netherlands is in a pasture in the Zuidplaspolder, situated at a height of meters below sea level. At the edge of the meadow along the motorway (Rotterdam - Gouda) stands this monument.
The island of Texel, the Netherlands was an important access and exit route for the ships from towns on the Zuiderzee. To protect this route, William of Orange took the initiative to construct the fort De Schans. De Schans was built around 1574. Fleet admiral Tromp regularly held councils of war here. In 1811, Napoleon paid a visit to De Schans, upon which he had the fort enlarged and reinforced with two adjoining forts.
Creating land. Land reclamation projects in the Netherlands stem from an impending shortage of space in the Port of Rotterdam. To keep pace with growing world trade, the Port of Rotterdam needs to expand by another 2,000 ha. The project will cost a total of 3 billion euro.