De Maasduinen National Park is a national park in the Dutch province of Limburg, founded in 1996 and covering approximately 4500 ha. The landscape consists of forests and heathlands on a sandy plateau along the river Meuse close to the German border. The estate 'de Hamert' is the heart of the park. Until 1998 the national park was called 'De Hamert' after this estate. The present name is derived from the parabolic dunes which date from the last glaciation.Landscape and historyThe present characteristics of the park are strongly influenced by an intense interplay of wind, water and humans through the course of time, resulting in a unique pattern of drifting sand ridges or parabolic dunes. At present drifting sand is rare due to the forestry programs of the state at the beginning of the 20th century. Besides heathlands and forests, there are several fens in the park. A part of the area was used for sand and gravel extraction in the 1980s.Flora and faunaIn the park quite a lot of reptiles and amphibians species occur such as Coronella austriaca, Epidalea calamita, Pelobates fuscus, Lacerta agilis, Anguis fragilis, and Zootoca vivipara. Some typical birds for the park are Grus grus, Caprimulgus europaeus, Falco subbuteo, Circus aeruginosus, Dryocopus martius and Alcedo atthis. Several marten species can be found in the park, such as the beaver, as well as several bat species such as Pipistrellus pipistrellus and Plecotus auritus. There are at least 26 species of dragonflies and 33 species of butterflies.Plan to visit Nationaal Park De Maasduinen and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Well attractions using our Well day trip website.
Nationaal Park De Maasduinen reviews
First you need to know that the park is spread for miles and miles. Do you research and decide where you want to visit. While there is a larger visitor center at the Reindersmeer, it is minimal... more »
National park ideal for a hiking or biking with with teenagers and with a great spot for a lunch break! more »
Beautiful Nation Park. We were biking through it. It is quiet and relaxing. Very wel maintained as well.
Beautiful place! You can walk in the woods, swimming or if you just wanna chill, you can have a beer or and icecream at the bar. They have a deck with an amazing view. It's a must see if you like nature.🍃
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