Lauwersmeer National Park
Magnificent countryside in a region where salt water becomes fresh
Of course there was a plan behind the closing off of the Lauwerszee in 1969. But nobody could have imagined that the Lauwersmeer area would develop into one of the most beautiful scenic areas in the Netherlands. This is the only place in the country that features this combination of panoramic views of the horizon, stunning flora and fauna and so many options for recreation.
A paradise for recreation
Lauwersmeer National Park is ideal for water sports enthusiasts. Sailing, canoeing, surfing, kitesurfing, swimming: anything is possible in this untouched area. Moor your boat in one of the marinas or small islands in the middle of the lake. If you prefer the mainland, there are plenty of options for hiking and cycling to fill various days or weeks. New themed routes, trips and walks are included each season. Alternatively, decide on your own course from village to village using the junction network. You will stumble upon an outdoor café with a view over the water every few kilometres.
Horses, cattle and white-tailed eagles
See Konik horses gallop and Scottish Highlander cattle graze contently a bit further on. This is how nature has been left to go its own way for years. Birdwatchers in particular will be impressed in the Lauwersmeer National Park. It has since become a well-known fact that the marvellous white-tailed eagle breeds here. You can watch all the other creatures that hop, and fly, and pass through here from one of the many birdwatcher’s huts.