What started as a joke about creating an artificial mountain in the utterly flat Netherlands may actually be feasible.
On a website, cyclist and journalist Thijs Zonneveld laughingly urged his countrymen to create their own mountain with alpine slopes, meadows and villages.
“It was not serious but the next day there was such a serious response from people who had actually been thinking about it and calculating stuff that it made me realise I was not the only one who’d had that idea,” Zonneveld said.
At present the highest ground is at Vaalserberg, in the province of Limburg. But it’s only 323 metres high, making it little more than a hill.
But Zonneveld, 30, dreams of an artificial mountain 5km wide and 1 to 2km high, which would surpass the world’s tallest man-made building, the 828m high Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai