The De Oostvaarders nature experience centre

Experience Almere’s rough and wild rear garden

Start your discovery

Stad & Natuur’s impressive centre has binoculars available for you to use. This is where you can find out everything about this unique piece of nature and all the many unusual animals that live here. There are highly informative videos to watch, as well as a small exhibition. The De Oostvaarders Pavilion is located on the ground floor, where you can enjoy the views as well as something to eat and drink. There are excursions with Staatsbosbeheer forestry guides to complement the regular fun activities or larger weekend events.

Launch your exploration of the Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve in the De Oostvaarders nature experience centre. In this delightful visitor centre run by Stad & Natuur you will discover everything about Europe’s largest wetlands nature reserve. This is the habitat of large herbivores such as Konik horses, Heck cattle and red deer, as well as a paradise for rare species of bird such as spoonbills, egrets, greylag geese, kingfishers and bearded reedlings. And if you’re really in luck you will even occasionally spot a sea eagle here! 

Observe the animals

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Beautiful views

The panorama room and the crow’s nest offer stunning views out over the entire nature reserve. You can use the binoculars available to observe the animals in their natural surroundings. The Auditorium displays informative videos, complemented by a small exhibition about both the various animals that inhabit the locality and the Oostvaardersplassen’s archaeological history. The nature experience centre is the ideal starting point for various Staatsbosbeheer (forestry commission) excursions.

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…if you’re really in luck you will even occasionally spot a sea eagle here!

Sustainable enjoyment

The De Oostvaarders Pavilion

The De Oostvaarders Pavilion is located on the ground floor of the visitor centre. This is the perfect place to enjoy sustainable, ‘green’ and healthy food and drink, surrounded by the Oostvaardersplassen’s beautiful natural environment. Every day from 10am to 5pm the restaurant serves fresh, sustainable coffee, along with traditional pies, flammkuchen, organic baguettes and home-made soup. As far as practically possible, the chefs use organic, locally sourced, seasonal ingredients to create healthy, sustainable and delicious dishes and snacks.

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The De Oostvaarders Pavilion’s treats are healthy, sustainable and delicious

The De Oostvaarders Nature Experience Centre

Meeting place right in the heart of nature

The De Oostvaarders nature experience centre is an outstanding place to hold meetings, right in the very heart of nature. The Almere Room or the Auditorium are superbly appointed and ideal for business meetings; sited in a beautifully natural environment, centrally located in the Netherlands and within easy access of the A6 motorway. Combine your meeting with a relaxing stroll or eco-cart excursion. The De Oostvaarders Pavilion offers a full range of catering options, from tailored packages, a healthy snack or filled roll, to a full two or three course seasonal menu.

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