Nature reserves in the Benelux are perfect for bird watching, rafting, tidal flat walking, and the most fantastic hikes in forests, hills, and on beaches. Parks in the Low Countries will be a high point of your trip to Europe.
De Hoge Veluwe is Holland's largest national park and appeals to all the senses with an important Van Gogh collection at the Kroller-Muller Museum, a sculpture garden, a forest, and hunting lodge. Visitors to the park can use one of the 1,000 'white bikes' free of charge and cycle through 26 miles of paved paths, including the outdoor sculpture garden.
Twenty other national parks are sprinkled throughout Holland from top to bottom - impressive for a compact country! You can find tidal flats, bogs, woodland, heath, and even a glacial ridge, which isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you consider the Low Countries.
Belgium has one official National Park and some lovely nature reserves, parks and gardens. Shared between Belgium and Luxembourg, the Upper Sûre Natural Park covers an area in the Ardennes regions of both countries, which share a joint project to develop this cross-border area, basing themed visits on local legends. That sounds intriguing, doesn’t it? Splash at will doing your favorite water sport on the Upper Sûre Lake and cycle or walk peacefully in gentle terrain. Then get some of that café action going, it’s part of the plan!