Yes, we know, nature is scarce in Holland, and you can´t really get lost in a Dutch forest, but still, you can enjoy the trees, signs shown on ‘mushrooms’ and many paths. The Veluwe in Gelderland, the hills in the south of Limburg (sort of the outskirts of the Belgian Ardennes) and the Utrechtse Heuvelrug […]
It the middle of the crowded Randstad with its cities and constant shortage of housing, you find ‘het Groene Hart’, the Green Heart. It may not be totally undisturbed nature, but it is a large area where green dominates above city grey, and where strict restrictions apply: Randstad’s green heart, or lungs, if you like.
Densely populated with many highways – Holland is buzzing and you have to make an effort to find a place that is truly quiet. Environmental organisations have set out to discover the most quiet spot in nature, and came up with Utrechtse heuvelrug. Is it really quiet? Well, no, you do hear cars and once […]
Did you ever stop to listen to all the birds in Holland? Quite amazing for such a densly populated country; almost anywhere you go, you can see and hear birds. For migrating birds, Hollands is a special stop, where waterbirds will stop at the Wadden Sea wetlands on their way from the cold Arctic to […]
Polders are nothing more, or less, than reclaimed land. Land that was formally the bottom of the sea or a lake. The oldest Dutch polders date as far back as to the Middle Ages, and through the years the Dutch have managed to create around 4000 polders. A large part of the country, in fact […]
One of the sure signs that spring has arrived: newly-born lambs in the fields! And you don’t have to look far before you see them, Holland counts more than a million sheep, and spread out in the spring sun in this small country, you’re bound to see some as soon as you leave the city […]
There is a lot of attention for ‘green’ in the Dutch landscape: public parks, trees in almost all streets, and every neighbourhood has ‘green’ areas: trees, plants and flower beds, facilitated and cared for by the municipality. Even along the highways, where you can find green planted in between highways and exits leaving the highway […]
In a country known to have been created by the Dutch, true nature may be rare but it does exist. The dunes along the Dutch cost form an example. Formed by the wind from the sea, the oldest of these natural dykes were formed a few thousand years ago and are now found a couple […]
Gelderland is the largest province in the Netherlands and the province where you find the largest forest area in Holland, the Veluwe. Apart from forests, the province also includes farmland, rivers and cities, with Arnhem as its capital and Nijmegen as the largest city in the province.
When you enter this place you might think you´ve just stepped out on the Moon. The sand drifts, biggest in Europe, resemble a desert where nothing grows and where the wind has piled up natural small hills, making them quite serene. And in the winter they form perfect slopes for sleighing, even when there´s only […]