The dune areas
Between beach and inland and close to the big cities are the "Nationaal Park Hollandse Duinen" and the "Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen". Unique areas where estates, dunes, bulb fields, peat meadows, villages and cities meet. It is enormously diverse, always different and full of surprises. With a bit of luck, you will see foxes, deer and seals. And all this in the middle of the most densely populated area of the Netherlands.
The "Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen" (Amsterdam Water Supply Dunes) are a dune area between Zandvoort (North Holland) and the Langevelderslag in the municipality of Noordwijk (South Holland). The dunes have been designed for the extraction of drinking water for the city of Amsterdam; 50 million cubic metres of drinking water flows through this area, which covers 3400 hectares, every year.
In the Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen you can enjoy peace and quiet and space to the full. It is exclusively intended for walkers and you are allowed to wander off the beaten track. Along the way, there is a good chance that you will come across a beautiful deer. Nature in the dunes and the purification of water have been going hand in hand here since 1853.Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen
More than just nature
In South Holland, along the North Sea, between beach and inland and close to the major cities, you will find Hollandse Duinen National Park, one of the first new-style national parks and much more than just nature.
Hollandse Duinen is unique because of the proximity of the sea, the villages and cities, the valuable nature in and around the dunes and the rich culture and history. The mix of natural and man-made landscapes is what makes the area so 'Dutch'. You experience the interaction between man and nature. You can see the results of our old struggle against- and our new connection with the water.Nationaal Park Hollandse Duinen
Strolling for miles through the Coepelduynen towards Katwijk, the Noordduinen towards Zandvoort and the Langeveld near Noordwijkerhout. So close to the major cities and yet so vast, quiet and unspoilt. From Wassenaar to the tip of South Holland, a narrow but varied strip of dunes extends.
In addition to the dune landscape, there are also fantastic woodlands, such as Landgoed Leeuwenhorst, which lies in the village of Noordwijkerhout and is largely managed by the Zuid-Hollands Landschap.
.Nature areas around Noordwijk