National Park Weerribben-Wieden

The National Park Weerribben-Wieden.
In this unique swampland in the province of Overijssel, the Dutch have worked both with and against the waters for centuries to create this unique landscape and water villages.

The unique reed beds present a different picture in every season, and animal lovers will find much to please them in these wetlands as well. Rare animals like otters and black terns live here, as well as great cormorants and egrets.

Weerribben-Wieden is a cultural landscape that was created in the 14th century through peat cutting. This peat was highly valuable as a fuel when dried, and was cut from the areas known as weren. The peat was then laid out to dry on long strips of lands, known as ribben, thus creating these unique wetlands.
The best way to explore National Park Weerribben-Wieden is on the water’s surface. Electric boats, rowboats and canoes can be rented in Giethoorn and other places in Weerribben-Wieden to sail through this gorgeous area in peace and quiet. You will see many kinds of waterfowl and insects, and with a bit of luck you may even spot an otter among the vegetation in the water and on the banks.