Sallandse Heuvelrug National Park -
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Sallandse Heuvelrug National Park

Sallandse Heuvelrug National Park is a vast natural reserve that consists of forests and heathlands. The heath is even one of the longest of Europe. The badger, fox, deer, polecat, stone marten and about 75 different bird species are permanent residents of the area. There are various viewpoints on the Sallandse Heuvelrug from which you can enjoy the magnificent scenery and wildlife in peace.

  • Grab your camera to capture the fairytale purple sea of flowering heather in August every year.
  • Get on your mountain bike and enjoy nature on an active ride through the nature park.
  • Put on your hiking boots and explore the biggest heathland in Northwestern Europe on foot.

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The ghosts of the Sallandse Heuvelrug

The common juniper as well as white birch trees are among the characteristic flora of the area. Legend has it that the inhabitants of Salland used to mistake these plants for ghosts and 'witte wieven', also known as witches. When you walk over the Sallandse Heuvelrug on a quiet and misty morning you will understand this mistake.

Action in the 'mountains'

Sallandse Heuvelrug National Park, the biggest single dry heath in Northwestern Europe, boasts 26 'mountains'. These surprising altitude variations result in a landscape that is quite untypical of the Netherlands. Go for an active bike ride or hike and enjoy the stunning views.

The visitor center of Sallandse Heuvelrug offers a wide range of cycling and walking routes that are varied in length. Next to the visitors' center, lies the Natuurdiorama Holterberg, a museum that provides background information on the flora and fauna of the Sallandse Heuvelrug. A visit to this museum is worth while for nature lovers of all ages.
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The most beautiful natural landscapes of the Netherlands offer a stunning flora and fauna and are moreover an oasis of calm.

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