Dutch nature adventures, because Africa is just Africa.
– By Kimberley Hoevers, Efficient Hotel Partner, 27 September 2017
Yes, it sounds odd, but Holland has a wildlife that Africa can be envious of and that’s why I’m really proud of our small country. Our small country that is only 41,543 km² offers unspoiled nature, elongated forests, wide seas, small mountains, unique hiking trails, beautiful cities with high buildings and interesting architecture and more over 45,000 different fungi, organisms, plants and animals. We have our own big five consisting of: red deers, wild pigs, seals, beavers and roe-deers. Living creatures that are even rare for our country… a country that seems to be normal and maybe a bit mundane relative to other countries in the world, but that certainly isn’t the truth. Compared to other countries, we may be small, but have plenty to offer to locals and tourists. Every square meter of Dutch nature is worth visiting regardless of the purpose of your trip.
There are loads of fun things to say about our small, tiny a.k.a. really petite country. For example, did you know that our country is as flat as a pancake or ‘pannenkoek’ as we say in Dutch? The Vaalserberg that is located in Limburg is the highest point in The Netherlands. It’s only 322.7 meters high and located in the south-easternmost edge of the country in the province of Limburg.
Where to start? The Netherlands has 12 provinces, and all have their own characteristics, wildlife and surroundings. The most beautiful and most unique places to visit in The Netherlands when you are passionate about nature and architecture are named below in a list of 5.
1. De Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie (The New Dutch Waterline)
The 85 kilometre long Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie is a defense line with 46 forts including the Island Pampus. The line includes five fortified cities including Muiden and Woudrichem. The Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie replaces the Dutch Waterline from the 17th century. This marvellous monument contains areas and forts in the vicinity of ‘t Gooi and Utrecht. Certainly the forts and several lakes are a stunning sight to visit. The Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie is on its way to become official UNESCO world heritage.
2. De Drentsche Aa
The Drentsche Aa is a stream and national landscape in the Dutch province Drenthe. The area includes 16 villages and farmland with a unique atmosphere. The landscape is 30,000 hectares. The stream meanders through this area and by its several hiking trails is a really popular place to enjoy the typical nature of Drenthe. Farmers have inhabited this area for thousands of years; this has contributed to the special character of its unique Dutch nature.
The National Park Biesbosch is a vast area with a river island in Noord-Brabant and Zuid-Holland. It is a protected area where it is lovely to walk or to spend a weekend in one of the holiday parks such as: EuroParcs Resort De Biesbosch and Roompot bungalow park De Katjeskelder. There are many opportunities for recreation in the area. Nature conservations and recreation are important pillars for this national park.
4. National Park the Loonse and Drunense duinen (dunes)
This national park, the Loonse and Drunense duinen (or dunes), is located in the north of the Province Brabant, the Netherlands. It is a nature reserve of over 4,000 hectares. Its natural surroundings have varied types of vegetation that makes it really interesting to walk through as well as the dunes. This area is not just a national park; a weekend in Brabant is not complete without a walk in this diverse Dutch nature! This beautiful nature is located near a theme park de Efteling. A place that is also really worth visiting while you are travelling to or through The Netherlands. My colleague Tim dedicated a whole blog to it.
5. De Maasduinen
North Limburg has three national parks and one of these parks is The Maasduinen. The forests and heathland has more over 4,500 hectares where also crane birds can be found. It is quite special that these birds can be found in the Netherlands. In the spring and autumn many birds go to the Maasduinen.
Whilst you are on a trip to somewhere in the Netherlands, for example for business purposes, there are plenty of nice places to stay where you can be surrounded by the Dutch nature. Various hotels can be found throughout The Netherlands such as: Hotel Papendal Arnhem, Hotel Nol in ‘t Bosch Wageningen and Hampshire Boshotel Overberg. These hotels are just some suggestions from a list of about 3535 hotels and pensions in the Netherlands. Plenty to see, plenty to visit and plenty places to sleep. The Netherlands almost offers everything on your wish list regarding to your passion for travel and nature.
Don’t hesitate to share your thoughts about The Netherlands in the comments below and contact Efficient Hotel Partner to find out what we can offer you regarding to the outsourcing of you trip to or through The Netherlands.