Natural park Moor – Veenland

The peat moor landscape is unlike any other in Europe. If you take a trip around the Moor – Veenland natural park, you may encounter plants and animals which nowadays (almost) only exist there, such as more than 30 different species of butterflies, around 300 different types of birds or the moor frog, the male of which turns blue during the mating season.

Eight gateways and endless pathways

There are 8 ‘moorland gateways’ to the Moor – Veenland natural park, with interesting pathways through the extremely diverse peat landscape with its fascinating history. Grim and sinister in days gone by, nowadays simply beautiful and relaxing The network of cycling and walking paths allows you to easily manoeuvre through the landscape, taking in the most beautiful spots along the way.

Observe the peat landscape through the eyes of an artist

In the Van Gogh House Drenthe in Nieuw-Amsterdam, you can look over the shoulder of the Netherlands’ most famous painter; The Veenloopcentrum is the ideal starting point for nature excursions through the Bargerveen area, and the German-Dutch Bee centre can tell you all about the most important production ‘animal’ of the peat moors. Museum Collectie Brands brings history to life in its rich collection of historic items; the Veenpark is the Netherlands’ largest open air museum which will transport you back to the late nineteenth century, while the Emsland Moor Museum in Twist (Germany) introduces you to the very first inhabitants of the moors, right up the modern-day recovery activities. The Industrial Smalspoor Museum (Narrow Gauge Railway Museum) in Erica shows an essential piece of peat history; the narrow gauge train tracks and the Erdöl-Erdgas Museum of Twist lie in the heart of Germany’s largest oil fields.

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