Nature in the Benelux
The densely populated Benelux may not have the vast wilderness of some regions, but it makes up the difference with a wealth of nature reserves, game parks, gardens, and significant mountain, forest, and coastal habitats. Good things come in small packages!
Be careful, wild boar are known to be shy but they love living in the Luxembourg Ardennes along with elk, roe deer, foxes, badgers, and several species of bat, and you just might see one. Well-forested, the Grand Duchy is a lovely place for a nature walk after you’ve toured a chateau in Little Switzerland or when you stretch your legs in the dramatic city park winding through a canyon in the center of the capital city.
Enjoy Belgium’s abundant flora: take a long walk in the Foret de Soignes adjacent to Brussels’ south side, hike the Ardennes, or visit one of its arboreta and gardens. You may catch a glimpse of deer in Belgium and you’ll certainly hear scores of birds. To see animals, take the family to Planckendael Park or the Antwerp Zoo, one of the oldest and largest in Europe, housing over 4,000 animals.
The plant most associated with Holland must be the tulip, introduced to unheralded success centuries ago. Visit in the springtime to see the fields striped with ribbons of tulips, hyacinths, daffodils. Other plants of note live in the wilder reaches of the Wadden Islands; on Ameland stroll through the nature reserve Het to see rare flower species. The Waddensea, thanks to its diverse tidal and marsh habitats, is teeming with different species. Put your wellies on, hire a guide, and go make their acquaintance!