Coming to the Netherlands can make the average person feel vertically challenged. Yet, the Netherlands is not a country of soaring skyscrapers and mountain peaks. Yes indeed. Our list shows the good old Dutch trait of moderation is also apparent in architecture and nature.
This award goes to Gerbrandy Tower in IJsselstein, thanks to the aerial mast mounted on its tower. Built in 1961 and originally measured at 382.5 metres, the Gerbrandy Tower knocked the Eiffel Tower from top spot on the list of Europe’s tallest structures, holding the title for twelve years.
Even with two height reductions in 1987 and 2007, it remains the tallest Dutch structure (366.8 metres) and continues to be used for transmission of television and radio services.
Located in Rotterdam, the two Shell Pernis chimneys built 1968-1974, are 213 metres high.
A Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) in the grounds of the royal family’s Het Loo Palace in Appeldoorn. In 2010, Leo Goudzwaard and Jeroen Philippona measured the tree to be 49.75 metres high.
This measurement seems insignificant when compared to its American cousin located in Washington State and measuring 99.76 metres.
Designed by Ben van Berkel, the Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam with its 139 metre high asymmetrical pylon is the highest bridge in the Netherlands.
Highest mountain (well, hill)
The award goes to Vaalserberg (322.7 metres) in Limburg. Vaalserberg is also the meeting point between the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.
Highest sand dune
The dunes around Schoorl in Noord Holland are the highest along the Dutch coast, with the tallest coming in at about 54 metres – give or take a few grains. This makes the village one of the safest places to live if you are worried about rising sea levels.
Built in 2010, Maastoren in Rotterdam is the country’s highest building at 165 metres. Taking the stairs to the top or 45th floor is a guaranteed workout.
Highest church tower
In a country full of churches, this award goes to Dom Cathedral (112.5m) in Utrecht. Built between 1321 and 1382, the church tower has amazing views and fourteen ringing bells.
Highest place to live
Westpoint Tower in Tilburg is the highest residential building in the Netherlands. Completed in 2004, this 141.6 metre building has 48 floors and 156 housing units.
Robert Zwaan is considered by the Guinness Book of Records to be is the tallest Dutchman at 2.23 metres. He is still more than 50 cms shorter than world record holder – Robert Wadlow from Illinois, who died in 1940.
Rumour also has it that female circus performer Trijntje Keever (1616-1633) measured 2.54 metres although this claim is unverified.
Any other tall things most welcome.