Biesbosch National Park
Walking along rough footpaths? Floating through the mysterious world of willow forests in a canoe? Camping on an island? The Biesbosch in Brabant is home to hundreds of creeks, small islands, willow trees and unusual plants and animals.
The Biesbosch National Park, of which the Brabant Biesbosch forms a part, came into being in 1421 when the St Elizabeth flood transformed the area into a 30,000 hectare inland sea. The flooding wiped an estimated sixteen villages from the map. Later on, the salt water was pushed back into the sea and the area was transformed into a fresh water reserve. It is the largest in Europe and is a rare phenomenon; tidal freshwater is almost unique in the world!
Things to do
There is plenty to experience in the Biesbosch. Have an adventure and enjoy the beautiful countryside! Go in a canoe on your own to spot the beavers, go fly-fishing with friends or join a forest ranger for a walk or a trip in a whisper boat. And how about staying overnight in a reed worker’s hut surrounded by nature!
The Biesbosch Museumeiland (Museum Island) is one of several visitors centres in the Biesbosch. It’s a masterpiece of architecture and ideal as a base for walking and cycling routes, as well as the departure point for boat trips through the area. The Brabant section of the National Park is located roughly between Geertruidenberg and Lage Zwaluwe in the south, and Werkendam and Sliedrecht in the north.