Lauwersmeer National Park is mainly renowned as a bird reserve, with bird watching hides at the real hot spots and the sea eagle as a bonus. After the Lauwerszee was closed, over the course of just fifty years, an amazing wilderness emerged attracting thousands of migratory and water birds which came here for the winter or to forage for food. On the virtually untouched seabed, unusual vegetation started to grow, including rare orchids and parnassia. Nature had free rein, now also assisted by grazers like Highland cattle and Konik horses. These keep the large expanses open so that a wide variety of flora and fauna can continue to develop. Only the many shells in the soil betray the presence of a sea here long ago. Exploring the area is easy thanks to a network of footpaths and cycle routes, as well as from the water.
But there is so much more! Both inside and outside the dyke, you can go kite surfing at the Bocht van de Bant. Just step out of your tent onto your surfboard or laze on the beaches. There are also lots of fun and educational activities for children and their parents. And then there’s the Waddenzee, a Unesco World Heritage Site, on the other side of the dyke. Sail out from Lauwersoog harbour and harvest your own oysters, go seal watching or mudflat hiking. And then eat freshly and sustainably caught fish in one of the fish restaurants in Lauwersoog or Zoutkamp. And all in an area which you cycle around in a couple of hours – that makes it really unique. And so amazingly close.