I don’t know if you’ve ever been to the Netherlands but if you have you might have noticed its pretty flat; in fact I’d go as far to say that it’s probably the flattest country on earth. This is no way a disadvantage if you enjoy a leisurely cycle in the countryside or a steady walk as you never get out of breath however it’s a bit sucky if you’re fond of more extreme sports like skiing or mountain biking.

In order to combat this problem a Dutch architecture firm, Hoffers and Kruger, drew up some incredibly ambitious plans to build a manmade mountain in the middle of the Netherlands to help this flat country become a winter sports super power.


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The mountain, which is tentatively being called Die Berg Komt Er or The Mountain Comes, will be twice the height of Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, which is 3,560 feet above sea level and will be a haven for skiers, snowboarders and mountain bikers but to name a few.

The idea came from a Dutch sports journalist called Thijs Zonneveld who said: “This plan is serious. All kinds of big companies have now stepped in, various municipalities and investors are interested. Sport is perhaps the main reason why there is so much attention for this mountain. Because sport captures the imagination.”

The project, which on one hand sounds ridiculous (and will cost between between $72 billion and $432 billion and over 30 years to build) has already received backing from the Dutch Ski, Climbing and Mountaineering Association in addition to the Royal Dutch Cycling Union.

So ladies what do you think; Travelettes ski holiday to the Netherlands in 2040?