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A weekend getaway – the Biesbosch

written by ipanematravels 23rd November 2016

There are plenty of places in the Netherlands where you can get away for the weekend, do something nice and enjoy some time away from the everyday stress. The Netherlands is perfect for short travels – nothing is too far away wherever you go.

I was planning for a long time to visit the Biesbosch and finally this summer I could find some time to spend a wonderful weekend in this nature reserve.

The Biesbosch is a natural park located in the Netherlands. Its origins can be traced back to the St. Elizabeth’s flood in 1421. The Dutch are very good at playing God, building islands, diverting rivers, changing landscapes. Well, the Biesbosch is one of those Dutch creations where nature has been given the main role. The Biesbosch is one of the biggest freshwater tidal wetlands in Europe, a paradise for birds and birdwatchers. It’s also the home of the beaver in the Netherlands.

How to get there

If you travel by car, you can access the park either from Dordrecht, or from Drimmelen or from Werkendam or Hank. You can’t really cross it, so you have to plan your itinerary well in advance, as it might turn out that you have to drive all around it to get at your destination. There are a few car parks where you can leave you car in order to explore the park walking or biking.

Where to stay

There are quite a lot of B&B’s and hotels in the neighborhood, but if you really want to stay in the Biesbosch, then the only option is the Hotel De Brabantse Biesbosch. It’s a very charming and cozy hotel with direct access to the yacht marina. So, pretty convenient if you come by boat. You step the door out and you are in the Biesbosch! The hotel has a restaurant with very decent choice of dishes. However, there are no other restaurants in a walking distance, so if you are staying there, you are kind of stuck to the hotel & its restaurant.

What to do

Do a boat trip! There are many boat trip services in the Biesbosch, but I would recommend you the Biesbosch.net and their zalmschouw (a type of boat). The owners will take you on a half-day or a day trip through the labyrinth of small rivers and creeks and will tell with passion about the history of the national park and its flora and fauna. They will help you with spotting rare birds and will tell you thousands of stories.

Visit the museum! I’m not often impressed by museums other than art ones, but this one really won me. It’s entertaining, it’s educative, it’s interactive and it’s made beautifully with a lot of taste. The building itself is an architectural jewel. It has been nominated for Building of the Year Award 2016 by the ArchDaily.

What’s nearby

  • Gorinchem
  • Dordrecht
  • nature, nature & nature

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17 comments

Ariana del Rio 3rd March 2017 at 2:24 pm

What a perfect and serene little escape! Thanks for sharing. I’d love to track down the Nederland Beaver here !

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findyourworldgirl 2nd March 2017 at 6:13 pm

Talk about serenity! This looks like the perfect weekend escape and I would love to do that boat trip!

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xtralush 2nd March 2017 at 4:10 pm

I I will definitely visit this serene place the next time I visit the Netherlands. I’d never heard of it, so thanks for sharing!

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SheWentToSpain 2nd March 2017 at 6:03 am

The Netherlands is so beautiful! I only had 2 days in the Netherlands so I only got to Amsterdam and it was only after I left I realized how many wonderful places I missed. I really want to go back and see so many things, including this park!

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ipanematravels 2nd March 2017 at 9:00 pm

Each country has so many wonderful places off the beaten track that just wait to be discovered! Hopefully you can return one day to the Netherlands.

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Asia 2nd March 2017 at 12:00 am

II have never heard of The Biesbosch but I’d love to check it out! I’m really into nature, and this cozy hotel sounds really inviting. It’s so nice being on the water as well. <3

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ipanematravels 2nd March 2017 at 8:58 pm

I hope you can go there one day 😉

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duemidwest 1st March 2017 at 10:45 pm

I loved the Netherlands when I was there a couple of years ago. I have never heard of this place! Now, I’ll have to add it to my list for when I go back 🙂

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ipanematravels 1st March 2017 at 11:36 pm

If you need some fresh air in between – definitely worth the visit!

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The Wanderlust Dietitian 1st March 2017 at 10:26 pm

This was a refreshing post. I love being able to get away from the city life and bustle to regroup in nature! I am looking for my reprieve in the Netherlands soon!

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ipanematravels 1st March 2017 at 10:43 pm

Yes, you need to recharge your batteries from time to time, going back to nature. I love city life, but those little escapes make city life bearable.

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Krix 1st March 2017 at 9:28 pm

This is excatly my kind of activity. I love wildlife and nature. Going on a boat trip is great for those.

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ipanematravels 1st March 2017 at 10:42 pm

This boat was so special. The couple that was doing the tour was absolutely adorable!

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Lana Pajdas 1st March 2017 at 9:09 pm

I love the Netherlands! That’s what I say about museums – first make a visit to a place then go to a museum to find information. This place will definitely be on my bucket list 🙂

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ipanematravels 1st March 2017 at 10:41 pm

Happy to have inspired you!

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Danielle Bricker 1st March 2017 at 7:54 pm

I had never heard of the Biesbosch before – what a nice little retreat.

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ipanematravels 1st March 2017 at 10:41 pm

It’s a pretty huge park, that’s not very popular. It’s good for an overpopulated country as the Netherlands to have such places… Pure nature.

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