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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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't Nije Hemelriek

't Nije Hemelriek is a recreational lake near Gasselte in the Gieten-Borger forestry in the Dutch municipality of Aa en Hunz. Just west of the recreational lake is a large sand extraction area with a deep pond. Coarse sand was extracted for construction in the sand extraction area. On the north side of this lake is a large recreational beach.

Amsterdam-Rhine Canal

The Amsterdam–Rhine Canal is a canal in the Netherlands that was built to connect the port and capital city of Amsterdam to the main shipping artery of the Rhine. Its course follows a generally southeasterly direction as it goes through the city of Utrecht towards Wijk bij Duurstede where it intersects the Lek branch of the Rhine and then continues on to the river Waal near Tiel, with a branch, the Lek Canal, to the Lek near Nieuwegein.


The Belterwijde is a lake in the Kop van Overijssel southwest of Wanneperveen in the Dutch province of Overijssel. The lake is separated in an eastern and a western part by the Blauwehandseweg. On the north bank of the eastern part there are many recreational facilities in the form of campsites, bungalow parks and marinas, which are in line with the development of the Westeinde of the regional village of Wanneperveen.


The Beulakerwijde is the largest lake in the Kop van Overijssel. The Beulakerwijde is used intensively for recreational purposes. There are marinas near the Blauwe Hand, near the Beulaeke Haven recreation park, which was established around 2000.

Blauwe Meer

A beautiful artificial lake southeast of Hoogersmilde in the province of Drenthe, Netherlands. A beautiful location for bathing, with controlled water quality. This lake was was formed by quarrying the sand needed for the brick.


The Borgmeren are two lakes in the municipality of Midden-Groningen in the Dutch province of Groningen . The northern lake is called Borgmeren or Harkstederplas, has an area of ​​70 hectares and falls under the village of Harkstede . The residential area De Borgmeren is located here. The southern lake is called the Scharmerplas, has an area of ​​20 hectares and falls under the village of Scharmer . Recreational Park De Borgmeren is located here.


Boschmolenplas is a former gravel hole. The lake has become a household name in the diving-loving Netherlands and is even known far beyond the Belgian and German borders. Due to the excellent water quality, the Boschmolenplas is the scene of a very rich underwater flora and fauna.

Burgumer Mar

The Burgumer Mar is a lake near the town of Burgum in the Dutch province of Friesland. It is a popular water sports area with multiple yacht harbours. It is one of the iconic attraction in this area and also there are so many things to do and see.


The Loosdrechtse Plassen are a large water sports and nature area between Amsterdam and Utrecht. This area has been designated as a special protection zone for birds and for plants and other animals and includes polders and lakes. Loosdrechtse Plassen is a collective name for all lakes around Loosdrecht, such as Wijde Blik , Vuntus, Loenderveense Plas and Breukeleveense Plas.

Crazy River

Crazy River is a Log Flume built by German manufacturer Mack Rides. It is next to Walibi World and is located in Flevoland, Netherlands. Crazy Riverhas a length of 0.36 kilometres.

De Dinkel, Twente

The Dinkel is a small river in the border area of ​​the Netherlands and Germany . It starts in North Rhine-Westphalia between Coesfeld and Ahaus . At Losser in Twente it enters the Netherlands , flows along the Lutterzand and leaves the Netherlands again near Ootmarsum, to flow at Neuenhaus into the Vechte which enters the Netherlands at De Haandrik and from there the ' Overijsselse Vecht ' is called.

De Leijen

De Leijen is a lake in the province of Friesland, located between Oostermeer and Opeinde. It was created by peat excavation and is therefore shallow in many places. The lake is largely owned by Staatsbosbeheer . Previously, the Leijen was known as a nature reserve in which, among other things, there were many special bird colonies. On the east side of the lake is a beach with catering facilities and camping.

De Wieden

De Wieden is a lake and marsh area in the municipality of Steenwijkerland in the Kop of the Dutch province of Overijssel . It is an excavated low moor area . The Belterwijde and Beulakerwijde are two large peat lakes that are part of this nature reserve . Together with the Weerribben , the Weerribben-Wieden National Park forms an area of approximately 9,500 hectares. Together, the two areas form one of the most important wetlands in Europe.

Djengu River

Djengu River is a rapid river in the Dutch amusement park Toverland. It is one of the biggest attractions of Toverland and the fourth water attraction.The theming of the attraction revolves entirely around the Dvertebrae. Animatronics of the Dvertebrate are set up at various places along and around the attraction. The attraction's station is located in a large rock formation.

Drentsche Aa

The Drentsche Aa is a river rising in the Dutch province of Drenthe, flowing through Drenthe and for the last part the province of Groningen. It ends in the Schipsloot near Haren, which flows into the Noord-Willemskanaal; however, originally it ended into the Selwerderdiep. The water finally ends in the Lauwersmeer and Waddenzee.


De Fluessen is a lake in the municipalities of Súdwest-Fryslân and De Friese Meren , in the Dutch province of Friesland. It is the second largest lake in Friesland after the Tjeukemeer and is located northeast of De Holken . The lake changes into the Heegermeer in the northeast. There are a few islands in the lake , of which the Langehoekspolle is the largest. A concrete shipping route runs through the middle of the lake, which is part of the Johan Friso Canal.


The Geleenbeek is a stream in the south of the Dutch province of Limburg that is part of the Meuse river basin. The partly canalized stream originates in Benzenrade and flows into the Maas at Stevensweert under the name Oude Maas. The stream valley with numerous side streams has been designated a Natura 2000 area and is largely located in the National Landscape of South Limburg.


The Geul is a river in Belgium and in the Netherlands, where it is a right-bank tributary to the river Meuse. Located in a beautiful nature and is a iconic location for a day out and there are so many leisure opportunities too.

Ghent-Terneuzen Canal

A beautiful canal linking Ghent in Belgium to the port of Terneuzen on the Westerschelde (Scheldt) Estuary in the Netherlands, thereby providing the former with better access to the sea. It is now 200 metres wide and 32 kilometers long, capable of accommodating ships of up to 125 000 gross tonnage. The largest permitted vessel size has increased, correspondingly, to 265 metres long x 34 metres wide, with a draught of up to 12.5 metres.

Grote Rietplas

The Grote Rietplas is a landscaped recreational lake on the south side of Emmen . It was built in the late 90s of the twentieth century after years of haggling over finances. In 1993 and 1994 the municipality of Emmen was also duped by scammer Rob Jacob for about three million euros. He was going to have hundreds of luxury bungalows built there, but before that he ran off abroad with the money from the municipality of Emmen, construction companies and the ING Bank and fled to India.

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