We are planning on stopping at Deltawerks on our drive from Delft to Bruges. Does anyone have any experience with their visitors center or guided tour? Having trouble finding info on their website, looking for a poc I can work with. Thanks!
I don't know what you mean with a »poc«, but have you looked at the website of the »Deltapark Neeltje Jans«? They give detailed information on what to expect of a tour (which, by the way, is most reasonaby priced at EUR 3,50).
With apparently a car at your disposal, you could also have a look at the Maeslantkering, another major project of the Deltawerken and close to your starting point Delft. They seem to offer guided tours as well.
This helps a ton -- I was looking at the deltawerken.com website which didn't have this info and when i first saw this site, it looked like an amusement park. Thanks so much!
It appears that the tour, while inexpensively priced at 3.5 euro, is in addition to the 19.5 in advance or 23.5 euro on-site ticket to the park. I can’t get the FAQs in English, but this seems to be confirmed but Trip Advisor reviews, and also in line with what we tried to find out back in 2015 when we stopped off while transiting by bus and trains from Bruges to Leiden, and took an hour or so to wander around the open area from the road and take some photos while waiting for our return bus.
I'm afraid Larry is right: the Dutch-language FAQ page mentions that there are no separate tickets for the flood barrier. It makes it a pricely affair to visit something which was paid for with taxpayers' money!
I just visited this area 2 weeks ago on a Rick Steves tour. We first stopped at the flexible dike with just a tour from our tour guide, then went to the Maeslant Barrier with a tour from one of their guides. It was very interesting. We did not do the VC at this location - https://goo.gl/maps/3dwwF3SG1j6XL6dk6 but we did do the one at Maeslant - https://goo.gl/maps/ghVsFdTwajVFWoqj9
I'd bet that expensive ticket is for the amusement park at Deltapark.
The Visitor Center for the flexible dike is across the road and you can walk up on to the road-topped dike. There is a cool art installation right beside the Visitor Center of basalt columns placed in the outline of the Cathedral of Reims. It looks positively dwarfed next to the Delta works. This area did not seem to be gated and I don't remember the guide going in to purchase tickets of any kind. I do not think for the 15 minutes we were there the tour would have paid an exhorbitant amount for a quick walk and look. The area is also a national park?
I will call them tomorrow AM and see what I find and report back. My parents went on a tour of Deltaworks as part of a cruise excursion and said it was fantastic. Hope it works out!
A "poc" is a point of contact, Ton
It would be more interesting visiting “Deltapark Neeltje Jans” if you can buy tickets for touring the barrier itself and the related exhibition. Now the theme park is included too making it more expensive to my idea as needed, knowing parking your car is an additional €7,50. Even living in the Delta Region the reason I never visited the park but did this during the construction in the early eightees, was really awesome. However if budget is no problem as it is so unique it would be a shame to skip it.
I really can recommend the Maeslant barrier, with a car easy to reach from Delft. Not so expensive and the guided tour explaining interesting technical details is not to miss and the site so close to the water you get a good feel of the necessity of this kind of constructions.
For driving from Delft or Maeslant barrier to Neeltje Jans follow at Rotterdam Ring-W(est) direction A4 / Europoort till you see signs with Hellevoetsluis (N57) approaching the A15 freeway. Later keep following N57 direction Middelburg. The (also movable) Haringvliet barrier is the first one you will drive over. Tiny but lovely Goedereede is certainly worth a stop (for a drink) before arriving at the Eastern Scheldt barrier and Neeltje Jans.
Going further south to Bruges not to miss is Veere, Middelburg too but the latter likely too much in one day. Further toll tunnel for crossing the Western Scheldt estuary, follow exit to Oostburg for driving to Bruges.
If you want to combine Deltapark Neeltje Jans with the historic places mentioned you can think about keeping the Maeslant barrier for a seperate trip. Something to consider to my opinion as driving through the Delta Region can be quite time consuming, especially during high season the roads will be packed with all those going go to the beach.
I called Deltapark Neeltje Jans and they confirmed that we would have to purchase tickets to the park to visit the storm barrier. It would be close to 25 euros a person + parking. Something for us to think about. I looked at the website for the Maeslant barrier, but they don't seem to have a tour on Monday, May 13th, which is the day we are travelling. I've written to see if this was just a miss on their website or if I missed something obvious. I will look at the Haringvliet barrier and see if we can stop there. Most likely if the Maeslant barrier does not have a tour, we may just pay the money for Deltapark Neeltje Jans. To all of you that responded -- your information has been tremendously useful/helpful! This is exactly what I couldn't seem to find on the various websites -- the different stops and potential tours.
I went to the Neetlje Jan theme park and you walk though the park to an exhibition and explanation inside one of the bridge barriers. It was really interesting and nice to visit. Yes, it costs a bit but it's a great experience. I also visited the Maasland Kering and went on their tour and loved it.
I wrote to the folks at the Maeslant barrier about the lack of a tour on May 13th and they added a tour for us on that day! Thrilled! Wanted to post this in case it helps someone in the future. That's out plan -- it's only 30 mins from Delft and a few of you recommended it. For 5 euros/pp, can't beat that. We will skip Neeltje Jans this time around. Wil -- thanks so much for the driving tips as well, I will look at routing the drive so we get to stop in the places you mentioned!
You can walk over the storm surge barrier. There is a cycle and pedestrian path adjacent to the car road. You don't really need a tour just for that.