Did you know that a small country like the Netherlands has no fewer than 21 national parks? In this article I will introduce you to the most beautiful national parks in the south of the Netherlands.
Very unique and typically Dutch is The Biesbosch National Park. The Biesbosch is a nature conservation area that is located amongst rivers. That means you can visit the park also by canoe or boat.
The Biesbosch is the largest fresh water tidal zone in Europe. You will find many streams and willow swamps there. And affected by the tides, the waterlevel varies during the day. The Biesbosch is the living area of beavers and it is most likely that you will see some nibbled trees.
You can enter the National Park in Dordrecht, which makes the Biesbosch perfect as a daytrip when you stay in Rotterdam or Den Haag.
Read this article for more information about kayaking in the Biesbosch: The 4 best spots for kayaking
The Oosterschelde (Eastern Scheldt) is the biggest National Park in the Netherlands and it is all about water! This park is the product of years of struggling between sea and man. You can encounter seals and different kind of seabirds. Really worth a visit is Neeltje Jans, a theme park where you can learn everything about the disaster of 1953 and the storm surge barrier.
The Loonse and Drunense Duinen
In the Loonse and Drunense Duinen you will find forest, heathland and lots of sand. It is one of the largest drifting sand areas in Western Europe and Dutch people call it the Dutch desert. It is the perfect place for hiking, cycling and MTB.
Getting there is easy by car, but a bit more difficult with public transport. I suggest to rent a bike in Tilburg or ’s Hertogenbosch and have a very nice biketour.
In the southeast, next to the German border is National Park Maasduinen located. The Meusedunes is the longest river dune belt in the Netherlands and is the result of a combination of water, wind and people. This is a great place if you love riverlandscapes, nature and small fauna.
The Groote Peel
The Groote Peel is an extremely diverse landscape where you can find swamp, raised bogs, heathland and open meadows. It is a good place for bird watchers. Visit the visitor center and explore this National Park by bike or by foot.
Did you think The Netherlands is completely flat? You are wrong. This is the most southern National Park of The Netherlands. The terraced landscape is geologically very interesting. The height difference was caused by erosion of the Rhine and Meuse rivers and by shifts in the earth's crust. You can cycle or walk very pleasantly in the river valleys through forests and over heathland.
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