The Oostvaardersplassen prove that the loveliest nature can spring up spontaneously in unexpected places. Originally, on the drawing board, this area was marked as an industrial terrain, but now it is a place where tens of thousands of birds rest and recover or build a nest. You can come face to face with wild cattle, horses and red deer.
The history of the Oostvaardersplassen goes back 'only' to 1968, when large ponds of water remained standing in the newly laid out Flevopolder. It was supposed to be an industrial terrain. There was not an immediate need for one, though, so the marshy ground was sowed with reeds and left in peace. Nature took over the new land and developed it into a new wilderness.
Tens of thousands of birds come here to rest and recuperate during their migrations or to build a nest. You can come face to face with wild cattle, horses and red deer that often cross these fields. Foxes outsmart their prey in broad daylight. The peace and quiet, spaciousness and richness of food act like a magnet to attract increasing numbers of different animals.
On an adventure
Five tips on how to really discover the natural area, the Oostvaardersplassen - not always publicly accessible everywhere:
Heading out with groups
Organising a meeting in the De Oostvaarders outdoor centre, on safari with a forestry guide or an excursion with an eco-cart are just a couple of the possible options. For a full list of the possibilities, contact one of the two outdoor centres.More information