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Nature of Netherlands - national parks and reserves for active recreation

Utrecht The Netherlands is a country of lowlands. The majority of its territories are below the sea level, and therefore the local inhabitants had to take back their own lands from the seas for centuries. Today, many dams, castles and fortifications remind about protecting the coastline from flooding. Only 2 percent of the Netherlands’ lands are above 50 km above sea level. If there were no fortifications, the half of the country would be under water. However, it was a war with the sea that gave the state such a large number of recovered fertile lands, where today legendary tulips and other flowers grow. In the Netherlands, there are lots of reservoirs and river arteries. The largest rivers are the Rhine, the Meuse, and the Scheldt.
The Netherlands has a fairly long coastline along the North Sea; it’s about 450 km. Therefore, the centers of the active leisure are located mainly …
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Several major national parks are located on the territory of the Netherlands. The indulgent summer, when the average temperature in July is about 18 degrees Celsius, makes hiking comfortable and even more interesting. It is important to consider that the climate is quite rainy, and therefore, when going outside, you need to know the weather forecast. The oldest is Veluwezoom Park. It is located on 50 square meters, close to the province of Gelderland. Natural forests grow there; roe deer, foxes, badgers, red deer, martens, white-tailed eagles, and other animals live in the reserve. Another large national park is the De Hoge-Veluwe Park. One of the largest open-air museums in Europe is situated there.
The Zuid-Kennemerland National Park is visited annually by more than 2 million people. It is located on the seashore. The place borders with a beach that is not part of the protected lands. This is a very picturesque nook with dunes and beautiful deciduous and coniferous forests. The park is home to a large number of foxes, rabbits, and deers. Local workers have developed a special breed of cows, the Scottish longhair. There are also several lakes in the park, as well as the ancient Dainulust castle dating back to the 19th century. Several tourist trails and bike routes have been laid along the territory for the convenience of tourists. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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The lush flora is typical for the Netherlands. The most popular tulips, roses, and lilies in the world grow here. All these plants are actively used in the landscape design of parks and gardens. Artificial lakes and canals are set there too. This only emphasizes an important feature of the country - the landscape is really artificial. A vivid example of garden art is the landscape of the castle of Het Loo. It's not just beautiful plants growing around the fortress. The landscape here here is a real piece of art. Gardens combine elements of baroque and classicism; there are oak and pyramidal yew alleys. Adorable patterns are created of plants.
Delft In the small botanical garden of Amsterdam, there are more than 200 thousand different flowers. This is one of the most planted gardens in the whole country. Walking along its shady avenues, you can relax from the crazy rhythm and lifestyle, and enjoy the magical beauty of nature. Very beautiful and picturesque places for recreation can be found in Limburg. Gardens of Arsen feature 5 different branches. Tourists can admire rosary, shadow, water and other gardens, in which, in addition to amazing plants, there are flamingos, storks, owls and other animals.
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Map of all parks
National and city parks of Netherlands
♥   National Park 'De Alde Feanen' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'De Biesbosch' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'De Groote Peel' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'De Hoge Veluwe' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'De Loonse en Drunense Duinen' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'De Maasduinen' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'De Meinweg' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Drents-Friese Wold' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Duinen van Texel' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Dwingelderveld' . On the map   Photos

Famous places and sights of Netherlands

Lisse Tulip Fields

From the series “Top 13 Most Colorful and Picturesque Places on the Planet”
In the western part of the Netherlands is the picturesque village of Lisse, where the extensive tangle fields have been used for many years. The travelers who visit this strange area in the period from March to August have an excellent opportunity to graze in the colorful and magical landscapes.

The extensive plantations of tulips of different colors grow on the huge surface. For a few months of the year the beautiful flowers color the fields in all rainbow colors. The plantations look particularly beautiful from the bird's perspective. The tulips of different varieties form the specific geometric shapes on the earth and intertwine into a huge abstract drawing.

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Pythonbrug

From the series “The Most Unusual and Strange Bridges on Earth”
A lot of beautiful and unusual bridges can be seen in Amsterdam. Among them, the python bridge or the snake-shaped bridge must be mentioned above all. The distinctive name of the bridge perfectly reflects its primary particularity. The metal bridge is characterized by the unusual serpentine shape. The bridge is equipped with beautiful railings with a lot of scarlet threads, which makes the figure even more attractive.

The bridge connecting Borneo Island with the Sporenburg Peninsula was opened in 2001. The bridge is located in the center of Amsterdam, next to the striking historical monuments. The workers of the architectural office West 8 decided a few years ago to refresh the center of the city and built this strange high-tech bridge, which reminds of the huge winding python.

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Cultural sights in regions of Netherlands

Amsterdam
Dam Square is the location of the famous historical monument - National Monument (Nationaal Monument). It was opened in 1956 in the memory of victims of World War II. Every year on May 4 a solemn wreath-laying ceremony takes place at the memorial. You will find much pleasure simply in making a usual walk through the … Read more
Maastricht
The City Hall, the construction of which took place in the middle of the 17th century, is a wonderful place of interest and a great example of the Baroque style. Near the City Hall are located numerous mansions and historic buildings that have been built on different times and, thus, feature various architectural … Read more
Rotterdam
The local Historical Museum is also the place where you can see numerous unique exhibits and learn interesting facts about the history of the city. Art lovers should certainly not forget to visit Kunsthal center, which regularly hosts exhibitions of contemporary painters and sculptors. The gallery is the location of a … Read more
The Hague
Fans of exciting excursions should not forget to visit the center named Omniversum. Here visitors can watch the explosion of a volcano, to fly on a spacecraft and plunge into the depths of the ocean - all thanks to the unique visual effects. Madurodam, a large museum complex under the open sky, is another place of … Read more
Utrecht
Sight of the later period is Rietveld Schroder House. The house named after architect was built in 1924; it is considered one of the most interesting landmarks of Utrecht. The excursion around house includes viewing informative film about the great architect; visitors can also appreciate the unusual interior of the … Read more
Eindhoven
Among architectural treasures, the church of St. Catherine is notable. Built in the mid19th century, it is located on the ruins of a medieval church. The construction is made in the Gothic Revival style and has a very impressive interior decoration; the church features amazing stained glass windows. Among modern … Read more

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