World Heritage Schokland

Stranded high and dry in the middle of Noordoostpolder is the former island of Schokland. This is an archaeological treasure site, full of hidden gems in the soil. A place where people have lived for many centuries, always striving against the threat of the water.

Mainland island
The island was evacuated 150 years ago due to the continuous storm flooding. When Noordoostpolder was drained, Schokland became a ‘mainland island’. Worldwide, Schokland is viewed as a symbol of the Dutch people’s perpetual struggle with the water.

Art route
‘Land Art and Poetry’, the unique international art…

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Stranded high and dry in the middle of Noordoostpolder is the former island of Schokland. This is an archaeological treasure site, full of hidden gems in the soil. A place where people have lived for many centuries, always striving against the threat of the water.

Mainland island
The island was evacuated 150 years ago due to the continuous storm flooding. When Noordoostpolder was drained, Schokland became a ‘mainland island’. Worldwide, Schokland is viewed as a symbol of the Dutch people’s perpetual struggle with the water.

Art route
‘Land Art and Poetry’, the unique international art route featuring an impressive array of twenty artworks, can be admired throughout the summer.Stroll past some twenty works of art, works that draw their inspiration from poetry, as well as from Schokland’s nature and history. Start at Museum Schokland by obtaining your map. The six kilometre route will guide you throughout the northern tip of this former island. The international artists represented come from points as far afield as Australia, Sweden, Austria and Italy. The works reference the air, the soil, plants and animals. They are carved from silence and even manage to create new sounds themselves. They hint at something not there, but which could be there. The poets’ words at times reflect back upon the art, or even manage to bring a simple tuft of grass to life. The unexpected perspective offered by all of these artists sketch a path over Schokland that has never been travelled before.

Discover the history at Museum Schokland
Museum Schokland is centrally located on this former island. From a distance it is plainly obvious that Schokland was once an island. The old church near the museum rises as a beacon high above the new land. Perusing the many archaeological treasures found on this former island is like journeying through history from current days right back to the Ice Age. That’s as far as Schokland’s history can be traced!

Gesteentetuin
You will find Gesteentetuin a mere stone’s throw from the museum; a garden full of rocks and stones. Here you’ll find rocks more than millions of years old. The special walking route through the garden will lead you past these ancient stones. Children get the opportunity to dig for treasure or go on a quest. Truly exciting! The Gesteentetuin visitors centre is the ideal starting place for fun walks and cycling routes and excursions that will unveil the entire island to you. 

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Address:
Middelbuurt 3
8319 AB SCHOKLAND
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