The Afsluitdijk is the longest dike in the Netherlands, protecting our country from the sea for more than 80 years now! 32 Kilometers long, the Afsluitdijk is more than ‘just a dike’. It has become an icon of water engineering with high cultural and historical value. When the Afsluitdijk was constructed 80 years ago I don’t think people could have imagined it would even become a real tourist destination. Together with 13 other fascinating locations, the iconic Afsluitdijk is part of a brand new touristic route called ‘The Netherlands Waterland’. I visited the Afsluitdijk (and the brand new Afsluitdijk Wadden Center) with a group of enthusiastic photographers (invited by Rijkswaterstaat) and realized why they call this dike the Grand Lady of Dutch waterworks. More information about this destination in my blogpost about the iconic Afsluitdijk.