De Weerribben National Park, Overijssel Province

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National Park
De Weerribben-Wieden National Park is a national park in the Steenwijkerland municipality of the province of Overijssel, Netherlands. Comprising the largest bog of northwestern Europe, the park consists of two areas, De Weerribben and De Wieden, and has an area of roughly 100km2. The park was founded in 1882, but De Wieden was added only in 2009.History and former useLarge parts of the area were used for peat production till the Second World War. Since then a part of the area has been used for cane production.Present managementThe area is managed by the large private nature-conservation organisation Natuurmonumenten and by the Staatsbosbeheer (State Forest Service). Other parties are involved in management issues as well, such as local communities. About 1000ha is still used for cane production. Villages like the picturesque Giethoorn are important for tourism and recreation.Vegetation and wildlifeThe vegetation and wildlife are typical for such an area, full of peat and water. Resident species include the water soldier, the sundew, the black tern, the northern pike and, recently, the otter. In addition, the Green Hawker and the Large Copper are found here.
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  • Incredibly beautiful Marsh-Reed landscape in the head of Overijsel with fascinating light speed at the setting sun and cloud layers. Never seen anything so beautiful in Netherlands. From a boat, on foot or by bike. In all seasons impressive landscape by people for centuries in culture.
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  • Sailing at 26 ° and radiant zonneke ... blessed. worth repeating. Next look forward to a whisper boat with slightly more seating comfort, seat in it instead of hard wooden benches without backrest.
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  • For the 2 x time with a whisper boat made a trip. The first time was during a company outing with a large group. Enjoy but pressure. Now and only experienced but rest, only the sound of the boat that water moved, the rustling of the wind and birds. That fell at, which I have not seen much. The cane fields were now mowed making beautiful vistas and clumps of nuns. Definitely worth to sail through it!
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