North Sea

Sites on the current or historic North Sea coast or situated on its tidewaters.

Connected Sites

Site Rationale Link
Beemster Polder Beemster Lake had an open connection with the Zuiderzee until 1612 when the Polder got dry
Brugge Bruges' connection to the North Sea made it a prosperous mercantile city and an importat Hanseatic city. "Bruges became important due to the tidal inlet that was important to local commerce. This inlet was then known as the "Golden Inlet". (...) Since about 1050, gradual silting had caused the city to lose its direct access to the sea. A storm in 1134, however, re-established this access, through the creation of a natural channel at the Zwin. The new sea arm stretched all the way to Damme,[14] a city that became the commercial outpost for Bruges." (wiki)
Dutch Water Defence Lines Pampus is a fort on a man-made island situated on what was the Pampus shallows or sandbank in the then Zuiderzee (a shallow bay of the North Sea until 1932)
Forth Bridge the Forth Estuary is still tidal
Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal Used to be located directly at the shore of the Zuiderzee
Lower German Limes "The fort at Valkenburg-Centrum was built on the western bank of the Roman Rhine, close to its estuary, immediately bordering the river channel." (Nomination file, p. 60) - Corbulo's canal: "The historian Tacitus records that the canal was constructed to provide a connection between the estuaries of the two rivers, as a safe inland alternative to the route along the North Sea coast." (Nomination file, p. 104)
Maritime Greenwich Along the Thames, which is subject to tidal activity from the North Sea
Schokland Schokland is a former island in the Dutch Zuiderzee (a shallow bay of the North Sea until 1932)
Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District " Speicherstadt - You can travel the narrow canals in small barges to savour the architectural details if the tide is right." (
Wadden Sea


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