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Nationaal Park Oosterschelde

National Park Oosterschelde

Welcome.in... to the Oosterschelde National Park! The largest and wettest National Park in the Netherlands, located in the heart of Zeeland. This unique natural area has so much beauty to offer. It serves as a showcase of Dutch culture. Would you like to learn more about what this special location has to offer or are you interested in renting a holiday cottage nearby? Keep reading, as we're excited to tell you more!


About the Oosterschelde National Park

We're well aware of the beauty of the province of Zeeland in the Netherlands, but there's still much to learn about the Oosterschelde National Park. It's an important nature reserve that holds both ecological and recreational value. Thanks to the ebb and flow of tides and the presence of both salt and fresh water, thousands of species of birds, plants, and animals thrive here. With a bit of luck, you might even catch sight of seals basking on the Roggenplaat during low tide. Originally a river estuary, the park's dynamics were altered due to the construction of the Delta Works. The area is in constant motion, and a significant portion of it becomes exposed during low tide.

You can explore the Oosterschelde at any time. The park welcomes you without fences, main entrances, or entrance fees. However, please be mindful! This area is of immense value, so it's crucial to give nature the space it needs. There isn't a specific visitor center. Instead, you'll find information signs and pillars at various locations in the area. A small exhibition about the Oosterschelde National Park can be found at Deltapark Neeltje Jans. Please note that an admission fee is required for this.


Hiking and Cycling

Various activities are organized in this stunning area to let you experience nature. You can enjoy hiking and cycling here. Discover the Oosterschelde National Park through a variety of short and long walking routes. Of course, you can also choose to create your own route. Prefer cycling? Embark on a beautiful journey along the water and through charming villages and towns like Colijnsplaat, Zierikzee, Tholen, and Burgh-Haamstede. Bring your binoculars, as you'll encounter various remarkable bird species along the way. You'll definitely want to get a close look! Link to be placed under Tholen & Burgh-Haamstede? This has also been written about.

Are you a devoted cycling enthusiast? Then take on the challenge and participate in the Dutch Headwind Cycling Championship! This recurring championship takes place over a distance of approximately 9 kilometers with wind force 7 or higher. However, you need to act quickly, as the championship is announced only 3 days in advance.


Collecting Oysters and Mussels

What else is Zeeland known for? Oysters, mussels, and periwinkles, of course! They are not only incredibly delicious to eat, but you can also collect them yourself at the Oosterschelde National Park. In the past, anyone could harvest them from the water, but nowadays, certain rules must be followed. Be sure to read through these rules before you go oyster and mussel gathering!


Oosterschelde National Park Boat Tour

Would you like to learn even more about the wonders that this park has to offer? Join a boat tour of the Oosterschelde National Park! On this boat, you can enjoy 2.5 hours of the beauty of this Dutch area. The tours take place during low tide, so the seals are lounging on the sandbanks. You also have a chance to spot harbor porpoises. Forgot your binoculars? No problem. A pair of binoculars is provided on each table, allowing you to endlessly scan the horizon.


Renting a Holiday Cottage

Are you a true nature lover considering renting a holiday cottage near the Oosterschelde National Park? At Welcome.in, you have a wide range of holiday cottages to choose from, all tailored to your expectations. Don't hesitate any longer; take a look at the holiday cottage options at Welcome.in.