Den Oever (Dutch pronunciation: [dɛn ˈuvər]; in English, the shore, the coast) is a village in the Dutch province of North Holland. It is a part of the municipality of Hollands Kroon, and lies about 18 kilometres (11 mi) east of Den Helder.

Den Oever
Harbour of Den Oever
Harbour of Den Oever
Den Oever is located in Netherlands
Den Oever
Den Oever
Location in the Netherlands
Den Oever is located in North Holland
Den Oever
Den Oever
Location in the province of North Holland in the Netherlands
Coordinates: 52°56′N 5°2′E / 52.933°N 5.033°E / 52.933; 5.033Coordinates: 52°56′N 5°2′E / 52.933°N 5.033°E / 52.933; 5.033
ProvinceNorth Holland
MunicipalityHollands Kroon
 • Total5.50 km2 (2.12 sq mi)
Elevation1.6 m (5.2 ft)
 • Total2,465
 • Density450/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0227


The village was first mentioned in 1432 as "ten Oisterlande op 't Oever", and means "(on the sea) shore", because it was an access point to the former Zuiderzee.[3] Den Oever was a fishing village which developed in the Late Middle Ages on the north-eastern edge of the former Wieringen island.[4]

The village is located on the former island Wieringen at the west side of the Afsluitdijk: therefore the Stevin lock (named after mathematician and engineer Simon Stevin) and three series of five sluices for discharging the IJsselmeer into the Wadden Sea were constructed in Den Oever.

The eight-sided wooden grain smock mill "De Hoop" ("The Hope") is situated in the middle of the village with a wingspan of 17 metres (56 ft). It dates back into the 17th century (1654) and has been completely restored in the second half of the 20th century (1960, e.g. iron wingstocks, metal cap rolls for the wheeling or winding (cap rotating) mechanism from a Gelderland mill, new cast-iron windshaft etc.). Unusually, the mill has never had had a hoist mechanism.[5]

The monument on the Afsluitdijk was built in 1933 on the location where the last hole was filled up on 28 May 1932. The monument was designed by Willem Marinus Dudok.[4]


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  1. ^ a b c "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2021". Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 30 April 2022.
  2. ^ "Postcodetool for 1779AA". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 30 April 2022.
  3. ^ "Den Oever - (geografische naam)". Etymologiebank (in Dutch). Retrieved 30 April 2022.
  4. ^ a b Ronald Stenvert & Saskia van Ginkel-Meester (2006). "Den Oever" (in Dutch). Zwolle: Waanders. Retrieved 30 April 2022.
  5. ^ Mill description in Dutch with images on

External linksEdit

  Media related to Den Oever at Wikimedia Commons