Labyrinth of rivulets
Just a ten-minute drive from the centre of Dordrecht takes you to the Biesbosch, a beautiful national park dominated by a maze of rivers, islands with willow forests and whimsical creeks with crystal clear water.
Although there are several ways of exploring the Biesbosch National Park, doing so in a canoe, kayak, rowing boat or whispering boat, available for hire at the visitor centre is certainly the most fun. You get a navigation chart of the area pointing out the best places to moor for a picnic or walk. Be sure to pack your binoculars because you may be lucky enough to spot a kingfisher, spoonbill or bluethroat. Under the supervision of the forester, you can also track beavers.
Nice to know!
The Biesbosch National Park is Europe’s largest freshwater tidal area. Lying between the Nieuwe Merwede and the Amer rivers, it owes its name to the rushes (Dutch: biezen) which were the first plants to grow there.
|Address:||Baanhoekweg 53, Dordrecht (Biesbosch Centre)|
|Open:||April to October, Tuesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; November to March, Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; July and August also on Mondays; boat hire season from April to October|
|charges:||€ 15 per hour (4-person whisper boat)|