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During your visit to the Netherlands, you can enjoy all the activities which the country proposes. We have such great offers for b&b for you.

Soils and flora of the Netherlands

The land cover of the Netherlands, despite the small size of the country, is quite diverse. To the north and east are widespread derko-pale-podzolic soils, which have developed on sandy deposits under deserts and oak forests. These soils are characterized by a humus horizon up to 20 cm thick with a humus content of more than 5%. In many localities, the accumulation of humus is artificially stimulated and the natural soils there are actually buried under a dark-colored layer - a mixture of manure, grass, forest litter, and sand. These soils are one of the first in Europe in terms of their arable properties.

The polders, almost entirely used for agricultural purposes, are composed mainly of clay and peat. Heather deserts(low grass with bushes) and pine-oak-beech forests are preserved here. The plateau of South Limburg is covered with Aeolian loess.

The humid climate and the lowlands of the Netherlands have contributed to the formation of swamps here, which have undergone significant reclamation. Swamp peat is often covered with mineral soil raised from ditches, either during their periodic cleaning or during deep plowing. The soils of the river valleys along the Rhine and Meuse rivers, as well as the soils of the marches, are very special.

Forests cover 7.6% of the country's territory, mainly in the form of forests. Oak, beech, hornbeam, ash are presented. More than 70% of the country is occupied by cultural landscapes, which include settlements, affect meadows, and arable land. Forests (together with planted forests and roadside forest belts) make up more than 7% of the territory. Here are oak, beech, ash, yew. In sandy areas with widespread bush wastelands, willows on the banks of large rivers and pine forests, and sea buckthorn on the dunes.

Fauna of the Netherlands

In the process of human development in the Netherlands, many species of wild animals have been displaced from their habitats. Nevertheless, there are many birds in the country, especially waterfowl. Many rare species are protected in national parks and reserves. Mainly preserved are those species of wild animals that live in wet meadows, ponds, and canals. The expansion of land reclamation has degraded bird habitat and only in some coastal areas are relatively large colonies still preserved. There are about 180 species of birds in the Netherlands. During the winter flights, thousands of waterfowl end up in the Netherlands. In the northern part of the country, in the shallows of the Wadden Sea, which separates the West Frisian Islands from the mainland, white-fronted geese, a mushroom with short black beans, geese, and dogs spend the winter. In addition, the southernmost population of ovaries lives here. The abundance of paws and great scarves is typical for hiking. On the coast, itself are often found large curls, herbalists, thiruthani.

Holiday on the beach

There are more than 50 beach resorts along the North Sea coast and the West Frisian Islands. The beaches of the Netherlands have a total length of 280 km, the rest here is suitable for those who do not like extreme heat. The swimming season in the Netherlands lasts from July to September. The beaches are sandy, many of them have been awarded the Blue Flag as meeting the quality standards of the European Union. The most popular resort is Schwenningen. It is located in the northwestern part of The Hague. Schwenningen is separated from the city by a seven-kilometer park. The sandy beach here is 3km long. A wide sea boulevard passes along it, along which tourists walk every night. In Schwenningen is the amusement water park Dunrell - one of the largest amusement parks in the Netherlands with many attractions, it will appeal to both children and adults. Be sure to visit the Center for Marine Life, where you will see the inhabitants of the North Sea. The Bergen aan Zee resort is located near the fishing village of Bergen. Next to the beach, there is a 5km park area where you can have a great time for walks. In addition to sunbathing in Berge aan Zee, you can go surfing and catamaran rides. Another seaside resort, Zandvoort, is located 30 km from Amsterdam. Its popularity is due to the fact that here, in the southern part of the resort, there is the largest nudist beach in the Netherlands. Wassenaar Resort has the widest sandy beach in the Netherlands. On it, for 8 km there are many b&b for vacationers which you can check on the website of Nature house. On the island of Tessel, which is part of the West Frisian Islands in the North Sea, is the resort of De Koog. There are several sandy beaches where you can sunbathe in the summer. In the coastal waters, you can go windsurfing or travel by rented catamaran. The western Frisian islands are considered an ecologically clean area, as there are no cars.

Diving

In the Netherlands, there are diving opportunities. The best time to dive is from May to October. The main diving sites are located in the southwestern part of the North Sea coast, in the region of Zeeland. The water is cool, rarely the temperature of the diving depth rises above 15 degrees. During the dives, you can see cuttlefish, lobsters, crabs, jellyfish, and starfish, which sometimes completely cover the bottom. In Zeeland, the most popular places are Grevelingen(a small closed part on the coast where the water is not salty and there are virtually no tides, so this area is suitable for beginners) and Oosterschelde National Park (where the water is saltier). There are sunken ships in the North Sea that remained here after World War II.

Surfing

You can surf in the southwestern part of the Dutch coast. The season lasts from May to September. The most popular place for surfing is Domburg Beach in the Zeeland region.

Cycling

Most of the country is flat, so cycling tourism is developed here. Cycling is possible between cities, as the distance between them is small, you can simply travel on the dunes in the north of the Netherlands, for example in the Dunrode region, or on the numerous cycling routes in the Gelderland Valley, especially in the Hoge Veluwe National Park. The places where you can ride a bike are marked with special blue circular signs with a white bike inside. You can rent a bike in any city in the Netherlands.

Ecotourism

There are nineteen national parks in the Netherlands. The most popular are Hoge Veluwe, Biesbosch, Oosterschelde, Loon and Drunen, and Schiermonnikoog. The oldest and most famous national park in the country is Hoge Veluwe. Located in the province of Gelderland. Most of the park is occupied by moraine plains formed after the ice age, while the rest is forested. Wild pigs, red deer, and roe deer live here. The park is interesting with its Sculpture Garden, which is the largest of its kind in Europe, and to the north, in the woods, is the Kroller-Müller Museum, which displays a collection of paintings by Van Gogh. The Biesbosch National Park is located at the mouth of the Rhine and Meuse rivers. Its unique image is shaped by the floods that occurred here in the 15th century. The park is an intertwining of rivers and their tributaries. Among the small islands, you can travel by boat or canoe. About 150 beavers live in the park. In the southwestern part of the country, on the North Sea coast, is the largest park in the Netherlands - Oosterschelde. Its area is 37 thousand hectares. This is a tidal area with sandy shores and salt marshes. Many birds feed here and you can also dive here, as the coastal waters are home to lobsters, cuttlefish, and various shellfish. Loon and Drunen National Park is the largest area of moving dunes in Western Europe. The landscape changes here from day to day. In the southern part of the park, there are grass fields and forests.

Groote Peel National Park is located in the southeastern part of the country. The area of the park is 13 sq. Km, its main part is occupied by peat bogs. This is the most densely populated area of Western Europe with birds. Black bribes and cranes arrive here in October-November. On the island of Tessel, which is part of the West Frisian Islands, is the Dune National Park. There are both dry and flooded dunes on an area of 4300 hectares. Schiermonnikoog National Park is located in the northernmost of the West Frisian Islands. This territory is uninhabited, therefore it is kept almost untouched in its original form. This is a great place for cycling enthusiasts as well as bird watchers.

The climate in the Netherlands

The climate is maritime, with mild winters and relatively warm summers, which are determined by the sea and the warm Gulf Stream: humid and windy weather is typical for all seasons. In winter there are short periods with negative temperatures, alternating with thawing. Not every year ice forms, but if that happens, the Dutch are happy to skate on the canals. In summer, periods of cool weather alternate with hot days. A distinctive feature of the climate is the unpredictability and rapid changes in weather. Fogs are typical. Enjoy your stay in the Netherlands with our b&b offers!