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The nature reserve “Het Hoogeland” is a paradise for all nature lovers. If you are looking for tranquillity, a wide and stretched landscape and clean air, then you have chosen the right place! The high country of Groningen is a unique landscape. The county is formed for centuries through water, especially the North Sea that has repeatedly caused floods in the region in the course of history. Dikes, Wierden and Maren (small channels between settlements), are landscape elements that you will encounter on your visit. The high country is home to two very unique natural areas: the Lauwersmeer and the Wadden Sea (mud flats).

  • Wadden Sea
    Vast areas of the coastal line are flooded twice daily during high tide and goes dry during low tide. This phenomenon creates the biggest intertidal zone in the world and the largest continuous National Park in Europe. In 2009 it was listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The Wadden Sea is unique. It is the only tidal and coastal island system in the world with a temperate climate that is so large and contains such an enormous variety of plants and animals. The Wadden Sea provides a special and extreme habitat. Many animals and plants have adapted to the harsh conditions. It is an important area for migratory birds. You can experience this very unique place during a mud flat walking tour. Mud walking is an exciting and adventurous way to become acquainted with this nature reserve. Join our experienced mud walking enthusiasts. Check out our offers.

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  • National Park Lauwersmeer
    The Lauwersmeer National Park is located on the Groningen-Frisian border and came into being in 1969 after the construction of a dam between the old lake and the Wadden Sea. Since then, a magnificent and extensive scenic area has developed, which is home to many birds, fish, and rare flowers. It is an appealing example of the famous Dutch land reclamation. Visitors can cycle and walk there and the flora and fauna is remarkable. The dykes border the Wadden area, which is a national nature reserve. The region around Lauwersmeer is characterized by two very different landscapes. In the north, on both sides of the lake, the landscape is open and vast and to the south of the lake, the landscape is closed and intimate. Rows of trees and hedges divide the land. Lauwersland is ideal for water lovers. The smallest waterways are accessible to kayaks and canoes and renting pleasure boats is very popular as well. Sailors and windsurfers can be found on Lauwersmeer or the Wadden Sea. There are as well many hiking and bike trails to explore the area. Impressive small estates, picture book villages and impressive views are just a few highlights you can experience when visiting the National Park. From the small village of Lauwersoog you can catch the ferry to the wadden island of Schiermonninkoog.


  • Zeehondencrèche, Pieterburen
    12,000 Seals live around the Dutch and German North Sea coast. Strong pollution makes life difficult for them. Hundreds would die if there were not the so-called howler stations. Their main target are orphans and weak and sick seals. The world largest is in Pieterburen. The Seal Rehabilitation and Research Centre Lenie’t Hart, known as the Seal Sanctuary to locals, is a great place for people of all ages to visit. There can be 40 or more seals in their care at any time, and visitors to the sanctuary learn about seals, their needs and habitats, and can watch the workers as they care for the seals, and visit the kitchens and other facilities at the centre.
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