The Most Beautiful Nature Areas in The Netherlands

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Nationaal Park Zuid-Kennemerland

Try to spot European bisons here if you are lucky!

The Netherlands is full of beautiful nature places for a peaceful walk or a refreshing hike, to admire flowers, and search for mushrooms or birds. National parks, forests, estates, lakes, and dunes – the possibilities are endless. Nature surrounds us and is waiting to be discovered. Below are our top nature trips in the Netherlands. We had a great time visiting all these places. Enjoy!
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Dwingelderveld National park - Discover True Netherlands

Nationaal Park Dwingelderveld

Europe’s largest wet moorland area is located in the Drenthe province. Meet the sunset with a herd of sheep here.

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Posbank in Veluwezoom

One of the best places to see purple heather fields and hike in the hills and forests inside a famous national park.

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Around Epen in Limburg

The unforgettable landscapes and views to remember are situated around Epen in the Zuid Limburg province.

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Het Twiske

Escape Amsterdam and enjoy a fresh walk or a bbq among the bulls, lakes, and forests in Het Twiske.

Zandenplas - Discover True Netherlands


Enjoy a refreshing dip in the turquoise water of Zandenplas after a long hike through its surrounding forests.

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Elspeetsche Heide

A cool place for family or dog walks on weekends to get closer to nature without being disturbed by crowds of people.

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Kinderdijk – a Unesco World Heritage Site

19 charming windmills are waiting for you here.

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Schoorlse Duinen Dunes

The highest dunes of the Netherlands together with a forest, beach, and heather fields. Visit any season to enjoy.

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De Hoge Veluwe National Park

Veluwe National Park is our secret place to rent a bike and escape the Amsterdam reality. A good mood is guaranteed here.

Sallandse Heuvelrug National Park - Discover True Netherlands

Sallandse Heuvelrug

This national park in Overijssel province is a perfect destination for mushroom hunt and picturesque hiking routes.

Horsterwold forest - Discover True Netherlands


Where could you better enjoy peace and space than in this forest near Zeewolde? Wild horses and bulls are everywhere.

Elspeetsche heide walk - Discover True Netherlands

Ermelosche Heide

380 ha of nature with dozens of walking paths. Buy heather honey on a sheep farm in the middle of the fields.

Gooi en Vechtstreek - Discover True Netherlands

Gooi en Vechtstreek

This region boasts of beautiful nature and small rich towns where you can always find an ice cream or a good steak.

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Oud Groevenbeek

A small estate with a hidden old villa to overnight in nature – a perfect location for a family weekend.

Jachthuis Sint Hubertus in Veluwe National Park - Discover True Netherlands

Sint Hubertus

Hidden in the depth of the Veluwe National Park – this extravagant villa is a must-see attraction while hiking there.

De Vuursche Forest - Discover True Netherlands

De Vuursche

Hike and bike in the forest with a castle where the former Queen Beatrix is still living. Then visit Lage vuursche town.

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Sint-Pietersberg near Maastricht

Besides nature and a 300-year-old fortress, enjoy a stunning view over Maastricht city in Limburg province. 

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Het Goois Natuurreservaat

The walking network in this region counts around 475 km of walking paths. Enough space to hike & (mountain)bike.

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Natuurpark Ingendael

Exercise your strong mussels in the rubber shoes through the muds of Ingendael nearby Valkenburg.

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Climbing Forest Gooi-Eemland

A bit of adrenaline for young and old – an awesome place to experience with friends.

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Japanese Garden Den Haag

Tiny and beautiful – experience small Japan in the middle of Den Haag city.

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Het Henschotermeer

It is an absolutely beautiful lake for an evening walk with your beloved one.

Landgoed Schovenhorst Estate - Discover True netherlands

Landgoed Schovenhorst

See the collection of pine trees from all over the world & a giant mammoth pine.

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Hollands Duin – Noordwijk

A quiet area with dense forests, sandy dunes, wide beaches, and a golf course.

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Landgoed Beukenburg

A wonderful place for a walk or a bike tour to discover nice organic farms.

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The Gardens of Appeltern

Relax, walk, enjoy flowers’ diversity, and be inspired by sustainable garden ideas.

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Pyramide van Austerlitz

Built by Napoleon’s soldiers, it’s one of the highest points of the Utrecht Ridge.

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The Hidden Village in Veluwe

Nine huts in Veluwe National Park were refugees once sheltered during WWII.

Heerlijkheid Mariënwaerdt Estate - Discover True nEtherlands

Heerlijkheid Mariënwaerdt

For a wonderful day walk with friends or partner in this charming old estate.

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Oisterwijkse Bossen en Vennen

A varied forest area with atmospheric fens and hidden heathlands.

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Oud Valkenburg

Have a wonderful walk in Oud Valkenburg around Schaloen Castle while on vacation in Limburg.

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Three Country Point

This is a unique place and forest where the borders of the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany meet.

Zeisterbos Forest - Discover True Netherlands


An old forest where while walking, you will notice many birds attracted by the unique forest vegetation.

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Kaapse Bossen

Discover the Kaapse Bossen in the Utrechtse Heuvelrug, with varied routes, watchtower, teahouse.

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Oostvaaardersplassen in Flevoland

One of the best places to watch wild horses.

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Nationaal Park Drents-Friese Wold

One of the largest natural further areas in the Netherlands with changing landscapes and view towers.

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Westerheide nearby Laren

One of the most beautiful areas to see heather fields and enjoy a fresh walk with your partner, dog, friends, or kids.

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Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen

Find here your peace of mind and many cute deer. These dunes purify drinking water for Amsterdam in a natural way.

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Amsterdamse Bos

This place has a wonderful collection of cherry blossom trees to see in spring.

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Landgoed Tongeren

Our most precious winter walk from the 2021 winter season happened here.

Het Veluwemeer - Discover True Netherlands

Het Veluwemeer

There is no better place to ice skate than on Het Veluwemeer – 30 squre km!

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Estate Neijenburg

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Diefdijk & De Oude Horn

While cycling on Dief dike, discover this charming Sluis De Oude Horn.

Estate Heidestein-Bornia - Discover True Netherlands

Estate Heidestein-Bornia

Two estates offer unique landscapes and routes with a teahouse hidden in a forest.

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Estate Beeckestijn en Velserbeek

In close proximity to Amsterdam, this place will recharge your energy batteries.

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