Plans for £264 billion man-made Dutch mountain take shape
Outlandish idea floated by journalist finds serious support
Plans to build a €300 billion (£264 billion) man-made mountain almost twice the height of Snowdon in the Dutch flatlands appear to be gathering pace.
The idea was first floated by Thijs Zonneveld, a Dutch journalist and former professional cyclist, who bemoaned the lack of training facilities for mountain sports in his home country.
A proposal for what the mountain could look like has been drawn up by previously unknown Dutch architecture practice Hoffers & Kruger.
The project, named Die Berg Komt Er, or The Mountain Comes, has secured the backing of the Dutch Climbing & Mountaineering Association, the Royal Dutch Cycling Union and the Dutch Ski Association.
Thorwald Veneberg, technical director of the Royal Dutch Cycling Federation, said: “The altitude and the length of roads in the Dutch hills do not compare with high mountains in the Alps or the Pyrenees. The federation wants the plan and is therefore more than happy to assist.”
Zonneveld’s boss, Ben Rogmans, publisher of the daily De Pers newspaper, said that a working group has been set up and will meet for its first brainstorming session next week.
Rogmans said that an initial design phase is likely to have a budget of €500,000 to produce basic designs. To complete the project will take up to 30 years and between €50 billion and €300 billion, he said.
Investors are now being sought for the mountain, which would generate revenue from activities including sports, energy, drinking water and food production.
Zonneveld 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.”