Eider Barrage, Toenning

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The Eider Barrage is located at the mouth of the river Eider near Tönning on Germany’s North Sea coast. Its main purpose is protection from storm surges by the North Seas. It is Germany’s largest coastal protection structure. It was also intended to contribute to economic recovery in the districts of Norderdithmarschen (today part of Dithmarschen) and Eiderstedt (today part of Nordfriesland).Celebrated as a structure of the century, it was opened on 20 March 1973. Following the North Sea flood of 1962 which swept through Tönning, consideration was given to raising the dykes along the banks of the Eider or building a storm surge barrier at its mouth. The latter was chosen and construction work began in 1967. The current conditions in the estuary caused great difficulties and the cost of construction was correspondingly high (ca. 170 million DM = ca. 87 million euros). The line of dykes in the Eider region was shortened from 60 km to 4.8 km. The new current conditions however dug a new hole about 30 metres deep directly in front of the dyke and lock which had to be filled in during the 1980s with 20,000 sandbags.From April to August 1993 the seaward side was reinforced with ca. 48,000 geotextile containers (sand bags made of a special material) at a rate of ca. 700 containers per day. The installation was exemplary with less than 10 containers damaged in the process. This was achieved by the use nonwoven containers, which are significantly more damage-resistant than the more conventional woven containers.
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  • August 18, 2017
    We are from Tönning by boat to the Eider barrage because we like to trying to watch the seals on the sandbanks (shipping should pass the seals). For 20 euros per person driving about 2 hours through the channel, sees very few harbour seals on the sandbar and travels briefly through the sheath. Overall, it was not very spectacular and also overpriced. Who wants to see seals better moves Friedrichskroog in the reception station
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  • August 9, 2017
    Compared to a reservoir in the mountains, this lock is a toy. This lock has the charm of a perpetual construction site. Anyway, not just a tourist attraction.
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  • August 6, 2017
    Impressive what man can build. Not much to see there but worth a stop. You can walk over the Sperrwerk and see the huge doors keeping out the floods or in the water of the Eider... nice view and some ...  more »
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  • Very impressive this building... Below is a parking lot and a snack... A small souvenir shop
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  • Beautiful building and worth a visit in any weather. Seals can be seen there also times
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  • Impressive Bauwerk...einfach on the way stop and work on leave after St. Peter Ording. In the kiosk, there was a fish sandwich for €2.80 ...gut allocated so to recommend.
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