A visit to the Oostvaardersplassen is an introduction to the Netherlands thousands of years ago. A wilderness like nowhere else in Europe.
The Oostvaardersplassen is a unique nature reserve located between Lelystad and Almere. Comprised of 56 km2 of protected marshlands and fields, it serves as a migration area for birds and makes for an amazing spot for a hike or a day of bird watching.
A nature lover’s paradise
Its ‘locals’ include not just residents of the feathered kind but wild varieties of deer, cattle and Konik horses. If you don’t have your own professional equipment, stop by De Oostvaarder, the official visitor centre. As well as a café with a panoramic view, there’s an exhibition, video room, viewing areas with telescopes looking out across the park and park rangers who enjoy talking about the wildlife living in the area.
De Nieuwe Wildernis
The successful nature film De Nieuwe Wildernis was filmed on the Oostvaardersplassen, a spectacular production that captured wildlife on the nature reserve over a period of two years. Download the dedicated iTour in advance of your visit – the perfect accompaniment to a day exploring this exceptional nature reserve.