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De Biesbosch, national park, the Netherlands, wetland, natural reserve

De Biesbosch – a weekend getaway in the Netherlands

by Daniela

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. One of my preferred weekend destinations in the Netherlands are the national parks. There are 20 national parks and De Biesbosch is among my favourite ones – a natural reserve with unique flora and fauna.

General information about De Biesbosch

De 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, De Biesbosch is one of those Dutch creations where nature has been given the main role. De 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.

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This post has been last updated on 29 January 2018.

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How to get to De Biesbosch

If you travel by car, you can access the park either from Dordrecht, Drimmelen, 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.

A visit to De Biesbosch can be perfectly combined also with a city trip. If you are visiting Breda, ‘s-Hertogenbosch (Den Bosch) or Tilburg, you can opt for a day trip to this natural park. It takes only 20 minutes by car to reach the park from Breda, 30 minutes from Den Bosch and 25 from Tilburg. Should you stay in Den Bosch, here is my complete city guide.

You might be interested in this article: A DAY TRIP FROM AMSTERDAM – DEN BOSCH (‘S-HERTOGENBOSCH)

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DISCLOSURE: This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase an activity via one of these links, I may earn a small commission at no extra cost for you. This is helping me to maintain the blog and pay for things like the hosting. Thank you for contributing to the existence of this blog! This is not a sponsored post. I’ve paid my stay in De Biesbosch, as well as all trips and the entry tickets to museum.

Where to stay in De Biesbosch

There are quite a lot of B&B’s and hotels in the neighborhood, but if you really want to stay in De 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 get out of the door and you are in De Biesbosch! The hotel has a restaurant with very decent choice of dishes. There are no other restaurants in a walking distance from this hotel, so if you are staying there, you are kind of stuck to the hotel & its restaurant, which we actually never regretted.

Alternatively you can stay in Dordrecht, Werkendam or in the neighbourhood of Geertruidenberg.

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What to do in De Biesbocsh

Do a boat trip

There are many boat trip services in De Biesbosch, but I would recommend you the Biesbosch.net and their zalmschouw (a Dutch 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. We enjoyed a perfect day with them!

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Visit Biesbosch Museum Island

I’m not often impressed by museums other than art ones, but the Biesbosch Museum Island 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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Take a walk

There are walking routes with different lengths that will take you to the most beautiful places in De Biesbosch. At each of the visitor’s centres you can take brochures with the routes.

Here is a list with the visitor’s centres and a link to their websites:

  • Drimmelen (Biesboschweg 4, 4924 BB Drimmelen)
  • Dordrecht (Baanhoekweg 53, 3313 LP Dordrecht)

Unfortunately, both websites are available only in Dutch.

Take a lot of pictures

De Biesbosch is perfect for a photography trip, especially if you love photographing birds and nature.

Here you can download a map with some viewpoints and short walking routes in De Biesbosch.

Go canoeing

If you bring your own canoe, there are routes with various starting points: at the visitor’s centre in Dordrecht (here you can also rent a canoe), at Natuurpoort Vissershang, or at Drimmelen. This is a great way to discover the enchanting nature at De Biesbosch.

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If you want to discover other places in the Netherlands, visit my page dedicated to the Low Lands. Do you love short trips or weekend getaways, check the following articles:

Did you know that there are 20 National Parks in the Netherlands? De Biesbosch is one of them!Click To Tweet

Which national parks in the Netherlands have you already visited? Which is your favourite one? I’m planning to visit all 20 of them. So far, I have I’ve been to 5 of them: De Biesbosch, Meinweg National Park, Dunes of Loon and DrunenDunes of Texel National Park, and the Hoge Veluwe National Park.


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Nina 3rd February 2018 - 8:29 pm

Netherlands has so many great corners and the canoeing here would be so much fun!

countdowntofridayblog 3rd February 2018 - 12:24 pm

What a lovely place for a nature experience! Visiting National Parks is such a great slow travel choice since it’s usually not touristy and cheaper than going to a big city.

ipanematravels 3rd February 2018 - 6:36 pm

Exactly! Slow travel makes you enjoy the place in full.

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

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

findyourworldgirl 2nd March 2017 - 6:13 pm

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

xtralush 2nd March 2017 - 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!

SheWentToSpain 2nd March 2017 - 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!

ipanematravels 2nd March 2017 - 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.

Asia 2nd March 2017 - 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

ipanematravels 2nd March 2017 - 8:58 pm

I hope you can go there one day πŸ˜‰

duemidwest 1st March 2017 - 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 πŸ™‚

ipanematravels 1st March 2017 - 11:36 pm

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

The Wanderlust Dietitian 1st March 2017 - 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!

ipanematravels 1st March 2017 - 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.

Krix 1st March 2017 - 9:28 pm

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

ipanematravels 1st March 2017 - 10:42 pm

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

Lana Pajdas 1st March 2017 - 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 πŸ™‚

ipanematravels 1st March 2017 - 10:41 pm

Happy to have inspired you!

Danielle Bricker 1st March 2017 - 7:54 pm

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

ipanematravels 1st March 2017 - 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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