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The Netherlands is more than just Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Lucky for the outdoorsy folks out there, the country has plenty of beautiful countrysides just waiting to be explored. Don’t expect the towering peaks of the Swiss Alps or the thick, seemingly endless forests of Germany, but the Dutch countryside has a charm that is sure to please visitors looking to take a break from city tours. Head out into nature for some fresh air — here’s a look at some of the best options for hiking in The Netherlands.

By Prasit Rodphan

Oisterwijkse Bossen en Vennen, Oisterwijk

A wooded area in the small southern town of Oisterwijk, Oisterwikse Bossen en Vennen is a favorite among both tourists and locals. You can hop on a bike and cruise the area’s paths or stay on foot and make your way through the woods. Many of the trails circle around a large pond area that’s absolutely beautiful at sunset and sunrise. There are benches along the water too where you can hop off your bike, grab a seat and kick back.

By RockerStocker

Landgoed Clingendael, The Hague

One of the country’s most beautiful parks, Landgoed Clingendael is more of a place for slow strolls than rigorous hikes, but it is fresh air and nature all the same. Follow paths through the heavily shaded woods, smell the flowers (literally, there are impressive displays throughout the park) and shake off the city buzz that’s been following you around so far vacation.

By Justin Cromberge

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Veluwezoom National Park, Rheden

When the heather is in bloom, Veluwezoom is nothing short of magical. The rolling hills turn almost entirely purple and the park looks like something out of a fairy tale. There are excellent medium-distance hikes through the park to stretch your legs. Be on the lookout for wild boar on the trail as well.

By fokke baarssen

Hoge Veluwe National Park, Arnhem

Located just outside the city of Arnhem, Hoge Veluwe has a strange, yet beautiful combination of woodlands and sand dunes that make for excellent hiking scenery. Foxes, badgers, deer and wild boar are all frequently sighted by park visitors. Bring your camera, especially when the heather is in bloom or in the fall when the trees change their colors.

By Rudmer Zwerver

De Weerribben-Wieden National Park, Overijssel

In classic Dutch style, De Weerribben-Wieden National Park takes you through open fields broken up only by old windmills. A hike through the park is level and relaxing and your camera will have plenty to shoot, especially if you can get the windmills in the right lighting. If you’re looking for a different type of exercise (maybe you’ve knocked out a few hikes already) you can always hop in a kayak and navigate the park’s canal system. Nothing will get you far from the city noise like a quiet kayak exploration through the woods.

So don’t think it’s all bustling cities. Hiking in The Netherlands can bring a whole other dimension to your vacation.

By Daan Kloeg
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  1. Nice places
    Very nice

  2. Abhishek Srivastava

    Very informative post.Keep sharing.

  3. I’ve always wanted to visit, these photos are breath taking. Thanks for sharing these beautiful hiking spots.

  4. lovely photos, they all look like great spots to hike!

  5. Wooow!!! These are lovely spots for hiking. I love the photos.

  6. Sounds fun. Maybe I’ll get there one day ??

  7. We were just in the Netherlands but didn’t go on any hikes, just stuck around the cities! It looks so beautiful!!

  8. Serena Millet

    Beautiful photos. I’m keeping this link for when I get a chance to travel there!

  9. My goodness what a beautiful locale! You gave me serious travel goals!

  10. Whenever I travel, I just always head for the city. The only place I’ve been to in The Netherlands is Amsterdam and I fell in love! I would love to visit other parts and do other things in the country.

  11. olatinwo dayo

    woooow…..Photos here are really cool

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