Eine lange Wanderung ist herrlich. Ebenso fantastisch ist es, ein erfrischendes Bad in kühlem Wasser zu nehmen. Wie wäre es mit einer Kombination aus beidem? Hier habe ich für dich ein paar Wanderungen in den Niederlanden gesammelt, die mit einer Abkühlung enden.
Besonders an heißen Sommertagen ist es schön, am Ende des Weges ins Wasser zu springen. Aber auch im Frühherbst macht das Abtauchen noch Spaß. Und natürlich im Frühling: Besonders flache Gewässer erwärmen sich im früh im Jahr schnell. Möchtest du dich mitten im Winter auf den Weg machen? Auch dann sind diese Routen schön und du kannst deine Badesachen vielleicht sogar gegen ein Paar Schlittschuhe tauschen.
In den wasserreichen Niederlanden gibt es viele Möglichkeiten zum Schwimmen. Natürlich kannst du in den Dünen spazieren gehen und dann ins Meer springen. Aber es gibt noch mehr schöne Plätze, an denen du auf Tauchgang gehen kannst. Deshalb habe ich eine Reihe von besonderen Orten, an denen man in natürlichen Gewässern schwimmen kann, mit je einer schönen Wanderung kombiniert.
Beende eine Runde durch die Seen bei Ankeveen in Nordholland an einem Naturstrand. In den Dünen bei Overveen findest du „’t Wed“, einen Dünensee in schöner Umgebung. Oder wie wäre es mit einem Spaziergang rund um die Halbinsel Marken, wo du mit dem berühmten Leuchtturm „Paard van Marken“ im Hintergrund schwimmen kannst? Dies sind nur einige Beispiele für schöne Orte, an denen du deine Wanderung mit einem Bad abschließen kannst.
Alle Wanderungen beginnen an einem Parkplatz, der so nah wie möglich an der Badestelle liegt. Auf diese Weise hast du es nach dem Schwimmen nicht mehr weit zurück zum Auto. Nach „'t Wed“ kommst du aber auch bequem mit dem Zug.
Bleibt nur noch ein Tipp: Vergiss deine Badesachen und dein Handtuch nicht!
This route starts and ends at the parking lot of the Ieberenplas. Ideal, because you end your walk at this swimming lake and can get back into the car afterwards. But of course not before you have taken a nice walk first.From the parking lot you can walk into Boswachterij Grolloo. The area here mainly consists of peat, drifting sand, heather and brook valleys, interspersed with various fens.In addition to the varied landscape, the watchtower and the radio observatory are literal highlights on this walk. For the latter you have to go back and forth a bit. From the lookout tower you can see where you have walked in this vast area. To learn more about the radio observatory, a visit to the accompanying museum is fun. Check the opening times in advance.In the direction of the Ieberenplas you will pass the Grollooërveen, the largest peat area in this forestry.And then: time for a swim! The Ieberenplas is a private swimming lake with a sandy beach. You can have a picnic, but you can go for a drink, snack or ice cream at the kiosk (open on summer days). There are toilets. Entrance is free.The lake is nowhere more than two meters deep and the water right on the beach is nice and shallow, so it is also suitable for children.
Of course swimming in the sea is great. But it might be extra special to take a dip in a dune lake a short distance from the beach. That is the destination of this walk.Before you reward yourself with a round of swimming, take a nice walk through the dunes of Zuid-Kennemerland National Park. The possibilities are endless! This walking route is approximately eight kilometers long. You train your legs nicely as you ascend and descend through the dunes and for an extra challenge you take the viewpoint of the Holy Land and the Konijnenberg. Of course you will be treated to an amazing view over the wide dune area.Towards the end of the walk you will arrive at dune lake 't Wed. This recreational lake was dug in the fifties and you can now swim and enjoy the sun on the beach. The sand was also used in house building in Haarlem. Toilets are available.You are surrounded by nature here, so there is no kiosk or café nearby. So bring something to eat and drink yourself. By the way, you swim here at one of the cleanest swimming spots in the Netherlands, because dune water is also used for our drinking water. If you're lucky you might even spot a roe or fallow deer from your towel!The route has been plotted from Overveen station, so that people without a car can also take a refreshing dip. Are you coming by car? Then park at the Koevlak car park (indicated on the route). The total length of the walk is then about three kilometers shorter.
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Swimming in the IJsselmeer is possible in many places. But do you want to combine nature, culture and a short walk with a splash in the water? Then you are in the right place in Marken. Or on Marken actually, because Marken is a former island in the Markermeer.You park your car in the parking lot where the walk starts. Note: it is paid parking! From here we first walk towards the harbor. It is clear that Marken has always lived from the sea and the harbor is still full of boats. Nowadays there are also many sailing boats.You round the southern tip of the peninsula and you can already see the lighthouse in the distance. On a dike, a little further into the IJsselmeer. Since 1839, the Paard van Marken has been in place to show fishermen away, then on the treacherous Zuiderzee.At the lighthouse is a beach where you can swim. You can also swim in the harbor you walked past, but it is a lot busier there than here.Cooled down? Then you follow the path along the water further to the north. You will come across two more beaches where you can make a stopover for swimming. Eventually you will end up in the village of Marken, where you can end the day with a drink.Do you really want to make it a trip and avoid parking costs? Then you can also park your car in Volendam and take the boat from there. The boat ticket costs at least as much as the parking costs on Marken, but hey, you get something much nicer in return.
This route is a circle around the Ankeveense plassen. There are several paths right through the wetland area, allowing you to view the pools with the characteristic reed borders from the inside.The puddles are created indirectly by human hands. Peat was enthusiastically cut in this peat-rich area to keep the stoves in the vicinity and far beyond burning.
The peat extraction created large holes that eventually filled with water. The lakes are therefore not deep, one of the reasons that the Ankeveense Plassen is so popular for ice skating in winter. Even in our Dutch quail winters it regularly happens that the puddles freeze over.The typical elongated shapes within the puddles have also been caused by humans. The peat that was shoveled was laid to dry on narrow strips of land, the so-called legakkers. During a walk you get a glimpse into the history of this area. You can also sail on the lakes with a boat and be amazed by the many small islands, narrow creeks and swampy wetlands.From the parking lot we walk on a grassy path straight ahead towards the village of Ankeveen. We'll be out in no time and turn back towards the puddles. Stroll along the paths with a view of the water.We end the walk at the North East Beach where you can take a refreshing dip. We have parked the car in the parking lot a bit further. Do you get warm again from the butt walking from the beach to the parking lot? Then just stop at the diving jetty that you will see on your left. From there you can splash into the Spiegelplas, which is right next to the Ankeveense plassen.
Ending a walk with a swim is great, especially on hot days. You can also swim at height - according to Dutch standards - such as on the Utrechtse Heuvelrug.Before it's time for the bikini or swimming trunks, take a nice walk. You start from the parking lot and walk straight into the forest from there. Soon the trees divide and you come to an open area with heather and low vegetation.The literal highlight of this tour is the Pyramid of Austerlitz. This building stands on the highest point of the Utrechtse Heuvelrug and dates from the time of Napoleon, 1804 to be precise. General Marmont had the pyramid built as a tribute to his good friend Napoleon Bonaparte. He got the idea for a pyramid because he had been on a campaign to Egypt.You make a tour of the heather, which is beautifully in bloom at the end of August. Do you also have good weather, then you are really good for you. The last stop of this walk is the Henschotermeer. This lake in the middle of the forest is a unique recreation area, where you can take a refreshing dip.At the lake there are toilets, parking lots and several places to buy something to eat or drink. You need to buy a ticket for access, which can be done online via the Recreation Area Henschotermeer website. Day tickets and season tickets are available. You also pay for the parking areas that belong to the Henschotermeer. You can also buy a ticket online for this.The sandy bottom of the lake slopes gradually, making it suitable for children. The deepest point is 2.20 meters and there is no lifeguard, so keep an eye on safety.
Crazy about water? Then you have to go to De Biesbosch. This is the largest freshwater tidal area in Europe and consists of a river delta with old pilot whales, willow forests and Dutch polders.With all that water you can swim in different places here. In this walk you first walk for about two hours through the varied environment and you end at the beaches of Plas Merwelanden; the recreation area of the Biesbosch.You start at the Biesbosch Center where you will find information about this special delta. The tide still has free rein here, which ensures a special diversity in flora and fauna.From 1800 the pilot whale farming started on a large scale in the Biesbosch. The so-called pilot whale workers stayed in the pilot whale huts that you can still see here, because it took too much time to go back and forth every day. Here they cut branches from the willows that grew here, from which, for example, chair seats, parts for wooden barrels and materials for the farmers were made. It was a tough job.The Biesbosch is nowadays a popular nature reserve. If you want, you can stay overnight in the Ecolodge on the water. Nice to have a look anyway!If you are ready for a refreshing dive, you now follow the route past the observatory towards the end point. If you want that little bit extra, turn right at Waypoint 4 into the forest.
This walk ends on the beach of Plas Merwelanden. For a snack and a drink you can go to restaurant De Merwelanden, which you can see from the beach.Do you have time to spare, or are you staying overnight? Then rent a canoe or go on a trip with a (whisper) boat to get to know the Biesbosch from the water.The walking route starts and ends at the parking lot of the Biesboschcentrum. You can also use public transport, where you use shared bicycles for the last part. It is even more fun to go with the Waterbus. This leaves from Dordrecht or Sliedrecht and drops you off near the Biesbosch Center. Look for all the options at biesboschcentrumdordrecht.nl/biesboschcentrum-dordrecht/accessibility.Pay attention! The ferry across the Moldiep only runs from April 1 to October 31, and has limited sailing times. Look at veerponten.nl/veren/dordrecht-biesboschcentrum-griendmuseumpad for the current times.
In this walk you can see both the sea and the Veerse Meer inland dike. Yet the influence of the sea is still visible in the lake. The water is brackish: between fresh and salt. I don't recommend taking a huge sip during your swim, but if you taste it carefully you will notice the difference.Before the Delta Works, the Veerse Meer was the Veerse Gat and had an open connection with the sea. Now the Veerse Meer is a nature reserve and a paradise for nature and water lovers.You can park your car at the parking lot of the beach at Vrouwenpolder. You can almost immediately see the watchtower from there. From here you can see the beach, the dunes and the villages behind the dunes.Via the beach you walk along Paviljoen Breezand. Of course you can stop here if you want, but you have to go a bit further. Before we turn back into the dunes, you will also come across Pavilion Aloha.A little further you walk through the Oranjezon nature reserve. The water used to be purified here and served as a water extraction area. Now you will find all kinds of plants and animals, even roe deer and fallow deer.Another nice place for a break is Uitspanning Oranjezon. With a large terrace and a playground for the children, you can enjoy yourself here.Eventually you walk back towards the Veerse Meer. It's up to you: do you choose a dip in the lake, or do you go for the sea? Both are of course also possible!
Thorn is known as the White Town, because of its striking white-painted houses and monumental buildings. Moreover, it is located in rolling Limburg and close to the banks of the Maas.In the Netherlands it is forbidden to swim in most rivers due to shipping. Fortunately, you can take a refreshing dip near Thorn from the beach on the lake De Grote Hegge. But not before you have made a nice walk, including through the town itself.You start your walk along the water and see Thorn from a distance. You can quickly take a dip from the beach, but if you prefer to finish your walk first, that is of course also possible. In that case, at the end you walk directly from the parking lot to the beach again in just a few minutes.Because of all the water there are many birds in this area. There is therefore a bird hide along the route, from where you can spy on the birds unseen.Of course you should also visit the town of Thorn itself. You can stick to the route, but it is actually even more fun to stroll through the typical streets and alleys with maas boulders. You won't get lost, because the Abbey Church towers above everything. As a result, you always have a benchmark to find the cozy terraces in the historic center. A nice beer, good wine, or a dish from the region: Thorn gives you an instant holiday feeling.