The Netherlands has released plans to spend the next thirty years, and as much as £270million, building a manmade mountain. The country is famous for its level ground and after a tongue in cheek article suggesting the introduction of a fake mountain to the landscape, the local authorities have decided to run with the idea. The mountain will be made in the hope that The Netherlands will then become a winter sport superpower.
Dutch architects from the firm Hoffers and Kruger have already drawn up plans for the 7,000ft mountain. The plans suggest the mountain will be twice the height of Mount Snowdon and far bigger than 4,409ft Ben Nevis.
Local authorities and several major corporations are interested in the idea as sponsorship deals are already on the horizon. It would seem that everything is falling into place to make the original joke into a very tall reality.
Plans for the mountain to be constructed out of a skeleton that will go on to be covered in natural resources will mean the mountain is a living part of the environment. The hollow mountain could then go on to become a city in itself with diagrams being released of houses, shops, arenas, roads and even railways being constructed within.