12 National Parks to Explore in Netherlands

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Netherlands literally means 'lower countries' in reference to its low elevation and flat topography, with only about 50% of its land exceeding 1 metre (3 ft 3 in) above sea level, and nearly 17% falling below sea level. Most of the areas below sea level, known as polders, are the result of land reclamation that began in the 16th century.

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National Parks to Explore in Netherlands

De Alde Feanen National Park

De Alde Feanen National Park is a national park in the Netherlands province of Friesland. The Alde Feanen contains morasses, lakes, forests, peat and meadows. In the area at least 450 plant species and 100 bird species can be found. A very prominent bird is the white stork. Tall wooden poles have been installed so that the storks can build nests. Another attraction is provided by Shetland ponies. Some of the paddocks can be entered so that ponies can be petted by visitors.

De Weerribben-Wieden National Park

Weerribben-Wieden National Park is a national park in the Dutch province of Overijssel , municipalities of Steenwijkerland and Zwartewaterland . The national park is the largest continuous peat bog in northwestern Europe. Comprising the largest bog of Northwestern Europe, the park consists of two areas, De Weerribben and De Wieden; it has an area of roughly 100 square kilometres . The park was founded in 1992, although De Wieden was added later, in 2009.

Drents-Friese Wold National Park

Drents-Friese Wold National Park is one of the largest areas of natural beauty in the Netherlands. Over 6,000 hectares of forest, heathland, shifting sands and brook valley grasslands were designated to become a national park in the year 2000.

Meinweg National Park

Meinweg National Park is a national park in Limburg, Netherlands. It is about 1800 hectares in size and was established in 1995.De Meinweg has a so-called a terraced landscape. This means that there are three plateaus, the highest of which is 80 meters above sea level. The hilly landscape was largely formed by sediment that was deposited over the centuries by the Rhine and Meuse, but earthquakes have also contributed.

Nationaal beek- en esdorpenlandschap Drentsche Aa

National Park Drentsche Aa is a national park of the Netherlands, which consists of the cultural landscape surrounding the valley of the small river the Drentsche Aa. The landscape is currently nearly the same as it was in the mid 19th century, as the several agricultural landscape reforms of the 20th century were not implemented in this area.

Nationaal Park Duinen van Texel

Duinen van Texel National Park is a national park located on the North Holland island of Texel in the Netherlands. All dune systems on the western side of the island and the large coastal plains on both the northern and southern points of the island are part of the park. The park covers approximately 43 km2 and attained national park status in 2002. The visitor center is located in the natural history museum Ecomare.

Nationaal Park Loonse en Drunense Duinen

National Park De Loonse en Drunense Duinen is a nature reserve in the Dutch province of North Brabant . It covers over 3500 hectares and has been a national park since 2002 . On the one hand, the park is largely an alternation of dry sand drifts and coniferous forest , but the extensive stream valley zone of the Zandleij is also part of it. The De Brand near Udenhout nature reserve, in particular, is located here , with its alternation of coppice forests, wet meadows and swamp bushes.

Nationaal Park Nieuw Land

Nieuw Land National Park is the Netherlands’ most recent national park and was created entirely by man. The man-made park is quite literally on the bottom of what used to be the South Sea. It owes its existence to the world’s biggest land reclamation project, which resulted in the new province of Flevoland emerging from the water! Everything at Nieuw Land National Park is about the interaction between man and nature.

Nationaal Park Sallandse Heuvelrug

Sallandse Heuvelrug National Park is a national park in the Dutch province of Overijssel. Enjoying the forest and heathland, the beautiful views and landscapes. It's all possible on the Sallandse Heuvelrug, a dynamic nature reserve with mountains full of experiences for active outdoor people.

National Park De Maasduinen

National Park De Maasduinen is located in the north of Limburg province, between the Maas and the border with Germany. De Maasduinen National Park is unique because the longest river dune belt in the Netherlands is located in this area. These are the result of a combination of water, wind and humans over the centuries. This has created a beautiful nature reserve. Among other things, its size makes this area perfect for holidays & recreation.

National park Dwingelderveld

Dwingelderveld National Park is a wet heathland, unique in Europe. Besides nature, there are many activities that make your visit worthwhile. The park covers about 37 km2 and is mainly managed by the State Forest Service (Staatsbosbeheer) and the most important Dutch private nature management organization Natuurmonumenten. It is the largest wet heathland of Western-Europe. Dwingelderveld is also designated as a Natura 2000-area.

Zuid-Kennemerland National Park

A beautiful conservation area on the west coast of the province of North Holland. It was established in 1995. The park is situated west of Haarlem in the province of North Holland in the west of the Netherlands. It is located within the municipalities of Bloemendaal, Velsen, and Zandvoort. It includes the southern portion of the region known as Kennemerland.

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