De Gelderse Poort National Landscape
Beavers, geese, and wild horses
For centuries, people have done everything they could to keep the water of the River Waal in check. However, since two decades the river banks in the Gelderse Poort have been given back to the river. The result of this action is a varied and rugged landscape of lakes, reed marshes and forests. Foresters and nature lovers have discovered many new plants and herbs here in recent years.
If you walk through the Gelderse Poort, chances are you'll come face to face with wild horses and cattle. There is no reason to be afraid of these impressive beasts, but do not try to pet them. Other special animals that have migrated back to the Gelderse Poort are the beaver, badger, black tern, bluethroat, skylark and corn crake. During winter more than 150,000 geese come over to stay here.
Nature and Nijmegen
Cycling, walking and fishing are just some of the activities you can enjoy in the Gelderse Poort. There are plenty of facilities and restaurants to make your trip that much more enjoyable. Many hikers come here to prepare for the Nijmegen Four Day Marches, the biggest walking event in the world, that is organised in this region every year.
It is not likely that you'll grow tired of the natural beauty, but if you want to enjoy city life then Nijmegen is just around the corner. Museums, terraces and shops abound in this lively university city.