The Netherlands – For me, this bridge – Haringvlietbrug – is very characteristic for the specific Dutch water landscape of the western parts of the Netherlands. I often drive over this bridge by car when I travel from Amsterdam (the Netherlands) to Brussels (Belgium). Sometimes I use it as a resting place, because of its ideal location: enjoying the beauty of the Dutch landscape on about half the route.
The bridge connects the Southern part of The Netherlands, which is more rural, with the North-Western part of The Netherlands, which is high densely populated. Also it connects one of the islands of the province of Zeeland, with the mainland of The Netherlands. Before the bridge was built, the people on this Island had to cross to the mainland only by boats…
Recently, I took the opportunity when I returned from Brussels on my way to the Netherlands, to take pictures of this bridge during sunset.
Why do I see this bridge as such a characteristic place in the specific Dutch landscape? For me, it has everything that is typical for the Netherlands. The landscape seems so wide while at the same time everything seems so close. Everything is connected. Boats, rivers, dams, roads, bridges…
Is it the water that is surrounded by land or is it the land that is surrounded by water? Is it the natural environment that forced people to build the land so that it is livable? A natural environment in which it was almost impossible to live before the Dutch started building their dikes and polders.
Or is it therefore the people who forced the natural environment to be livable? In other words: in the Netherlands you can sometimes wonder whether it is the natural environment that adapts to the people, or is it the people who adapt to the natural environment.
One way or the other … There is almost no country in the world like the Netherlands, where people work so closely with the forces of nature. And that can be seen so well here, on this bridge…
PUBLISHED : 28th May, 2019
LAST MODIFIED : 4th June, 2019
The building of the bridge was completed in 1964. The bridge is part of the so called Volkerarkdam, which on its turn is part of the (great dutch) Delta Works. The Delta Works are a famous system, of various dam like structures to defend the in land of The Netherlands against the sea. The Volkerarkdam is the 5th project of the Delta Works, and was completed in 1969.