Camping in Weerribben-Wieden National Park: Tips, trekking destinations and activities

Camping in Weerribben-Wieden National Park
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A playground right on the water, surrounded by beautiful nature and plenty of destinations and excursions – that's all you need for a successful short camping trip to the Netherlands. Instead of driving straight to the sea – like many people – this time I stayed where many people pass carelessly – namely in the north of the Weerribben-Wieden National Park, a unique marshy landscape in the province of Overijssel. My recommendations for Hiking in Weerribben-Wieden National Park I already told you in a separate article, and here I would like to share with you my tips for camping in Weerribben, including trekking tips and activities.

Camping in Weerribben-Wieden National Park

The fact that wild camping is generally not permitted in the Netherlands does not matter in Weerribben-Wieden National Park. Because there are many beautiful and natural campsites with plenty of space and the luxury of showers and sanitary facilities that are no less beautiful. After all, the Netherlands has been the camping country par excellence for many years. the Camping de Kluft It is located north of the national park on the border with Friesland. Almost all of the courts have a clear view of the water that surrounds the site on all sides. We had a large parking space next to the small harbour, where one or two boats moored for the night in the evening. In the morning, the sun shines directly from the water into the truck window – I think there is no better way to wake up!

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Electricity is available on all pitches, including 300 on the entire site. However, due to the natural terrain and numerous canals, you hardly notice the size. There is a SUP and canoe school right at the campsite, and you can paddle directly from the campsite. In addition to RV parking, there is also a park for sunbathing tents – also right on the water. A big plus for all dog owners (like me): dogs are welcome in much of the campsite – so nothing gets in the way of your natural weekend getaway with your four-legged friends.

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Weerribben-Wieden National Park remains an absolute insider's tip – at least for non-Dutch people. Strange indeed. Because it is the largest continuous bog in northwestern Europe, and is made up of two different types of landscapes, Weerribben is made up of many small channels running through the moors and reed landscapes almost like a spider's web, and is ideal for boat trips and canoe tours. .

On the other hand, the meadows in the south are dominated by large lakes, which are also ideal for sailing. In general, the best way to explore the national park and its inhabitants is from the water. But if, like me, you have your dog with you, you will also find many walking trails, some of them unpaved, with so-called walking routes to explore the landscape on foot.

#1 – Kayaking in Weerribben-Wieden National Park

Through the water sports center attached to the camp site Kayaking We were able to explore Weerribben by canoe directly from our parking spot. Once you leave the small port a few hundred meters behind you, you find yourself in another world, which reminds me a little Amazon region in Peru He remembers.

The almost jungle-like landscape is a true paradise for birds, insects and even… Which is threatened with extinction Otter feels at home here. If you glide silently over the water in a canoe early in the morning or late in the evening, you may be lucky enough to see one of the mostly nocturnal animals foraging for food. But there is also a lot to see. For example, white and yellow water lilies, fortunately, are not as rare as semi-aquatic predators. You're also likely to see herons, storks, ducks and waterfowl.

If day boat trips aren't enough for you, you can plan complete tour packages through the canoe school that take you through all or parts of the national park in three days to two weeks. You spend the night in a tent in the campsites available everywhere along the roads. This definitely sounds like an adventure to my liking!

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#2 – Hiking in Weerribben-Wieden National Park

What surprised me personally: Weerribben-Wieden National Park is not only a canoeing paradise but also a hiking paradise. As a dog owner, you look for beautiful walks on every trip, and there are quite a few of them in the national park. Many of them are more than 10 kilometers long and truly deserve the name. In my article I present four beautiful hiking routes, some of which start right at the campsite Hiking in Weerribben-Wieden National Park in more detail.

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#3 – Boat tour with the forester in the whispering boat

An alternative to kayaking is to take a tour with a so-called whispering boat. These are boats with electric motors that glide almost silently over the water. You do not need a license to steer a whisper boat. Boats can be rented directly from the camp's reception.

However, you can get a better view of the landscape, its origins and its inhabitants with a guided tour with the forest, which also includes a whispering boat. We're on our way to Entenkooi, a former duck-baiting facility that is now fortunately only used to protect the species, you can learn a lot about the national park.

For example, how so-called sway grass, a vegetation made of algae and other runoff-forming plants that floats above open water, forms during silt accumulation. This, especially in the days of peat cutting, often drowned people in the swamp. Although the canals are not deep, they are covered with a swampy bottom into which you can dive. Or why the kingfisher feels so comfortable in Weerribben, even if it builds its nests in the cliffs. It uses sunken and fallen tree roots as a little cliff, so to speak.

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#4 – Cycling in Weerribben-Wieden National Park

Unfortunately, during my trip the weather was too windy and choppy for cycling, so there were only a few hardcore Dutch on two wheels. If you want to go on a bike tour there, you can start right at the campsite, I recommend the 40 km tour Fahradrut Werriben-GiethoornParts of it were also explored on foot. It literally circles around the national park and is the best way to get to know as much of the area as possible in a short time.

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#5 – Auflugstep Giethoorn and Dwarsgracht

If you haven't already been introduced to Giethoorn during my hiking or bike route tips, I can only recommend a trip there. Because of the many small canals and numerous bridges, the place is often referred to as the Venice of Holland or even the North. Naturally, this attracts countless tourists – especially in the summer months. It would be quieter and at least more beautiful if you followed Noorderpad a little further out of town to the north.

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Note: The neighboring town called Dwarsgracht, which you can reach on foot in an hour along Cornelis Gracht, is also lonelier and equally beautiful. By the way, my advice for hiking in Giethoorn combines both places.

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Camping im Weerribben-Wieden National Park: Tipps Restaurant and Café

In general, I think Dutch cuisine is underrated. Especially for me as a vegetarian, there are so many delicious options everywhere. Weerribben-Wieden National Park is no exception. I can absolutely recommend the following restaurants that offer vegetarian options:

  • Gertian Restaurant and Cafe (Muggenbeet 3, Blokzijl): Nice restaurant right on the water. Be sure to try the vegetarian lasagna with mushrooms or the Asian noodles with fresh vegetables!

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  • Show lock (Zuiderstraat 2, Blokzjil): A quaint restaurant located directly on the canal that serves fresh beer and realistic cuisine. The veggie burger was one of the best I've ever eaten.

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  • Restaurant and Brasserie de Grastof (Binnenpad 54, Giethoorn): Nice restaurant with a terrace in the center of Giethoorn. My tips from the lunch menu: Falafel pocket and veggie burger

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Have you ever been to Weerribben-Wieden National Park and have any other tips? Or do you have any other tips for beautiful camping areas in the Netherlands? Then let me know in the comments!

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