The outstanding contribution made by the people of
the Netherlands to the technology of handling water is admirably
demonstrated by the installations in the Kinderdijk-Elshout area.
Construction of hydraulic works for the drainage of land for agriculture
and settlement began in the Middle Ages and have continued
uninterruptedly to the present day. The site illustrates all the typical
features associated with this technology – dykes, reservoirs, pumping
stations, administrative buildings and a series of beautifully preserved