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 provinces North Brabant and South Holland. 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.
[This post has been last updated on 14 November 2017]
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.
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