Cycling along the Delta Works: Grevelingendam and Philipsdam

  • The Netherlands
  • Zeeland
  • Schouwen-Duiveland
  • 72.12 km (Approximately 04:14 u)
  • Cycling route 160665

Cycling along the Delta Works: Grevelingendam and Philipsdam

  • The Netherlands
  • Zeeland
  • Schouwen-Duiveland
  • 72.12 km (Approximately 04:14 u)
  • Cycling route 160665

Zeeland is known for the impressive Delta Works that were built here to protect the country against the water. This route takes you past two dams that are part of these structures.

On the road over the Delta Works
The starting point of this route is in Oosterland. From here you set course for the Grevelingenmeer and the Grevelingendam delta work. Along the way you enjoy the vastness of the landscape. On the dam you can settle down at Restaurant PUURR by Rich to enjoy a snack and a drink by the water. Before the construction of the Delta Works, the Grevelingenmeer was an inlet of the North Sea. Today this is the largest saltwater lake in Western Europe. A little further on you cycle over the Deltawerk Philipsdam. This dam was constructed between 1976 and 1987 to close off the Krammer and Volkerak waters from the Oosterschelde.

Museum Flood 1953
Then you cycle further along the edge of the Oosterschelde. Visit the 1953 Floods Museum to learn more about the Delta Works and the flood disaster in Zeeland.

The Eastern mill
The tour takes you further to the Oosterlandse windmill. This mill in Oosterland was built in 1752 as a replacement for a post mill. The ground sailor is equipped with two pairs of grindstones. The mill has been put into operation by a volunteer miller since it was closed as a business. That miller died in early December 2013. As soon as a new volunteer has been found, the mill will start running again.


# Description Distance
64 (4307AB, Schouwen-Duiveland, Zeeland, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
De Oosterlandse Molen (4307AK, Schouwen-Duiveland, Zeeland, The Netherlands) 0.46 km
63 (4307CJ, Schouwen-Duiveland, Zeeland, The Netherlands) 0.88 km
68 (4308AM, Schouwen-Duiveland, Zeeland, The Netherlands) 4.81 km
67 (4311ND, Schouwen-Duiveland, Zeeland, The Netherlands) 10.03 km
Deltawerk Grevelingendam (4311 NN, Schouwen-Duiveland, Zeeland, The Netherlands) 12.02 km

Pause places

Restaurant PUURR by Rich

Strandweg 4
4311 NN Schouwen-Duiveland

Restaurant PUURR by Rich is a restaurant in a unique location on the Grevelingenmeer. This much-visited restaurant with ample parking has an attractive interior, a good menu and a cozy terrace. Restaurant PUURR by Rich is located on the Grevelingendam, the connection between Goeree-Overflakkee and Schouwen-Duiveland. The restaurant is open every day from April to September from 10:00. The closing time depends on the weather. From October to March, Restaurant PUURR by Rich is open every weekend from 10 a.m., on weekdays by appointment only.


De Oosterlandse Molen

4307AK Schouwen-Duiveland

Molen Oosterland is a flour mill that was built in 1752 as a replacement for a post mill. The mill is occasionally still operated by a miller.

Deltawerk Grevelingendam

4311 NN Schouwen-Duiveland

The Grevelingenmeer is a former estuary of the North Sea and the largest saltwater lake in Western Europe. The lake is located between the islands of Goeree-Overflakkee and Schouwen-Duiveland, on the border of South Holland and Zeeland. As part of the Delta Works, the Grevelingenmeer has been cut off from the sea by the Grevelingendam (1965) and the Brouwersdam (1971) and the estuary has become a lake. The lake is a Natura 2000 protected area.

Deltawerk Philipsdam

4311 RS Schouwen-Duiveland

The Philipsdam is part of the Delta Works. With the construction of the Philipsdam, the Wateren Krammer and Volkerak were immediately cut off from the Eastern Scheldt. The Philipsdam runs from the Grevelingendam to the Sint-Philipsland. The locks are technically complicated, because they must prevent an exchange between the fresh water of the Volkerak and the salt water of the Oosterschelde. The construction of the dam has significantly changed the landscape around it. Silting has created salt marshes with a rich animal life.

Museum Watersnood 1953

De Vier Bannen
4305RJ Schouwen-Duiveland

In the 1953 Flood Museum you will learn more about all aspects of the flood disaster. Learn about the facts, the emotions and the reconstruction.


4307LL Schouwen-Duiveland

Independently fortified building from the Middle Ages that was easily defended at that time and in the past was mostly inhabited by the noble families of the Netherlands

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