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A complete hiking bucket list through every Dutch National Park

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A complete hiking bucket list through every Dutch National Park

Hiking Collection by Sabina Knezevic - Farawayistan

21

Tours

82:44 h

197 mi

3,150 ft

If you thought that the Netherlands is lacking in nature, you are mistaken. Our country may be densely populated, but it has no less than 20 official national parks. So why does this Collection contain 21 parks, I hear you ask? Let me introduce you to a brand new national park: the Dutch Dunes National Park (Nationaal Park Hollandse Duinen).

You will find unique Dutch landscapes in the national parks: dunes, forests, heathland, low moors, tidal landscapes, brook valleys, fens and much more. Together, the parks cover some 120,000 hectares, which is almost 3 percent of the Netherlands. That may not sound like much, but in this Collection I present no less than 200 miles (323 km) of walking routes.

One of the largest parks is the Hoge Veluwe National Park. With 5,400 hectares of forests, heathland and sand dunes, it’s easy to understand why this is one of the most popular national parks in the Netherlands. One of my personal favorites is the Drentsche Aa National Park. Here, you will find flowery hay meadows and beautiful valleys as well as a huge number of prehistoric remains such as dolmens and burial mounds.

Another personal favourite is the Schiermonnikoog National Park, located on the Wadden Island of the same name. Despite its small size, you will find a wide variety of landscapes and more than 300 bird species here. The endless sandy plains of the Loonse and Drunense Dunes and the grasslands of the Nieuwland National Park, also known as Oostvaardersplassen, are also wonderful places to explore.

Instead of giving a top 10 list, I present 21 hikes in this Collection that showcase each of the national parks. Each park has its own uniqueness. I myself can tick off seven of the national parks from this list and I definitely plan to visit the other parks in the future. You can use this Collection as a guide to the most beautiful spots in the Netherlands.

These hikes are a diverse mix of challenging, multi-day trips for keen hikers to beautiful day trips for the whole family. Hopefully after reading it you will be inspired by the beauty that the Netherlands has to offer. Whether you complete the list in a season, a decade or a lifetime is entirely up to you. Time to put on your hiking boots and have fun walking!

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    Swalkje troch De Alde Feanen – 21 wandelingen voor op de bucketlist van iedere wandelaar

    Intermediate
    03:50
    7.92 mi
    2.1 mph
    25 ft
    25 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    Welcome to Fryslân! Home of National Park De Alde Faenen, Frisian for the old bogs. This area was previously seen as not very useful. Because of all that water, you couldn't do anything with the land. Fortunately, nature thought otherwise.

    

    The province has done its utmost to make this area accessible

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  • Intermediate
    03:41
    9.08 mi
    2.5 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    I always thought that the Biesbosch was only worth visiting by boat, but this walk is an adventure in itself. You go at a wonderfully slow pace. This way you can admire nature even better.

    

    By the way, put on your waterproof walkers. Thanks to the unique up and down fresh water, the hiking trails still

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  • Intermediate
    03:28
    8.54 mi
    2.5 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This 14-kilometer hiking trail passes through swamps, heaths and large open ponds of De Groote Peel National Park. Despite the name, this is the smallest national park in the Netherlands, but no less beautiful. Waterproof walkers are also recommended. The walk starts at the De Pelen outdoor center. Here

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  • Intermediate
    03:53
    9.41 mi
    2.4 mph
    200 ft
    200 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Hoge Veluwe National Park consists of undulating grass plains, colorful moors and dense forest. The route starts with a two-kilometer-long avenue: a straight stretch of beautiful oak that is one of the most monumental avenues in the Netherlands.

    

    The Hoge Veluwe is a beautiful nature reserve in the

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  • Intermediate
    02:38
    6.40 mi
    2.4 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This beautiful walk through De Loonse and Drunense Duinen starts near Loop op Zand. The tour runs largely through loose sand. The area therefore resembles the largest sandbox in the Netherlands and is jokingly sometimes referred to as the Dutch Sahara. Good walking shoes are recommended.

    

    The route starts

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  • Intermediate
    04:08
    10.0 mi
    2.4 mph
    200 ft
    225 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The walking route through the National Park De Maasduinen starts at the visitor center, located in a lock complex. The starting point of the route is easiest to reach by car. In about 16 kilometers you walk counterclockwise around the beautiful Reindersmeer and along sandy heaths. The Maasduinen is the

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  • Intermediate
    04:40
    11.1 mi
    2.4 mph
    400 ft
    400 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    National Park De Meinweg is located in the centrally located part of Limburg. This park is a unique area thanks to its terraces of different heights. In a distant past, the Maas and Rhine deposited sediment and shifted land in the earth's crust. This has created three different terraces with a total

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  • Intermediate
    02:06
    5.14 mi
    2.4 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Hollandse Duinen National Park is a bit of an odd man out. The park is still in full development. Sandwiched between the beaches of the North Sea and the dunes of South Holland are beach walls and mainland dunes. Governments are busy giving the area the official title of National Park. Special in

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  • Intermediate
    02:04
    5.03 mi
    2.4 mph
    75 ft
    100 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Right on the border with our southern neighbors is a beautiful nature reserve, Grenspark De Zoom. On this part of the Belgian-Dutch border you will find heather, fens, forests and land dunes.

    

    This walk starts in Belgium in the forests that grow on the dune landscape. Here you will find many maritime pines

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  • Intermediate
    04:46
    11.6 mi
    2.4 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    In the Netherlands, a lot of work is being done to restore natural biodiversity. In the Drents-Friese Wold, governments and nature organizations have already succeeded very well in this. After a lot of hard work from the rangers, the beautiful forest now also offers space for sand drifts, fens, heaths

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  • Easy
    01:52
    4.54 mi
    2.4 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This walk through the National Park Drentsche Aa makes a tour around the Oudemolensche Diep. The park is located east of Assen and is the best-preserved brook valley landscape in Western Europe. In the area you will find beautiful tall ash trees and in the lower brook valley there are flowery hay meadows

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  • Difficult
    05:38
    11.5 mi
    2.0 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Dunes of Texel National Park is located on the Netherlands' largest Wadden Island. The nature reserve is almost 5,000 hectares and the 17-kilometer walking route leads along the northern dune row.

    

    The route starts in De Cocksdorp. The first part goes along the youngest forest of Texel. The Crimean

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  • Intermediate
    02:25
    5.89 mi
    2.4 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    To give the animals in nature the necessary rest, most nature reserves are not accessible between sunset and sunrise. But Dwingelderveld National Park is open to nightly research. Natuurmonumenten has set out a special night walking route in the forest here.

    

    This ten kilometer route is an extension of

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  • Intermediate
    03:07
    6.40 mi
    2.0 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In the past, fresh and salt water flowed into each other in the Lauwerszee. After the construction of a dam in 1969 to combat water, a completely new landscape emerged on the former seabed. This walk takes you along the edges of the Lauwersmeer. A true bird paradise.

    

    You start the walk along the edge

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  • Difficult
    05:05
    12.5 mi
    2.5 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    As the name of this park suggests, this area is relatively new. Only from 2018 this area will be an official national park; New Land National Park. The park consists of various nature reserves in the province of Flevoland. The land was reclaimed from the sea by spraying sand and clay.

    

    The route starts

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  • Intermediate
    02:29
    6.11 mi
    2.5 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Oosterschelde is a unique place where the water really brings life. You can see it directly along the Havenkanaal. At the Kiekuut you can study all birds in the area from a height.

    

    You continue the path to the very tip of the Harbor Head. The best spot for porpoises. Did you know that porpoises are

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  • Difficult
    10:38
    25.9 mi
    2.4 mph
    450 ft
    500 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    You don't walk this route of more than 40 kilometers in one day, maybe not even in two if you want to take a bit more time. However, two to three days should be enough depending on your fitness. You walk through beautiful forest, through the polders, along ditches and beautiful estates. Many parts are

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  • Intermediate
    03:46
    9.08 mi
    2.4 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Utrechtse Heuvelrug is probably the most easily accessible national park in the whole of the Netherlands. The location in Utrecht is very central and you can easily get there by train. This is how you start this walk at NS station Driebergen-Zeist and end after less than 15 kilometers at NS station

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  • Intermediate
    03:49
    9.40 mi
    2.5 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Schiermonnikoog not only has a National Park, it is also recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is therefore one of the wildest places in the Netherlands and my favorite Wadden island.

    

    The best thing is perhaps that the island (like Vlieland) is car-free. You can park your car in Lauwersoog

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  • Intermediate
    04:35
    11.3 mi
    2.5 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Weerribben-Wieden is a wonderful place for a summer excursion. I have often cycled through this area, but I have never walked here. And that must change quickly. That is why I planned this brisk 18-kilometer hike through the Weerribben.

    

    The route is an appropriate rectangle due to the equally rectangular

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    21
  • Distance
    197 mi
  • Duration
    82:44 h
  • Elevation
    3,150 ft

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