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National Park Oostvaardersplassen with a Ranger

Small Group (Shared) Experience 

Tulip Day Tours is proud to offer this afternoon tour in collaboration with State Forestry Service (Staatsbosbeheer), a Dutch government organization commissioned to strengthen the position of nature in the Netherlands.

Our small country has so much more to offer than its well-known icons that represent the country: tulips, cheese, clogs and windmills. Not many know that the Netherlands counts 40 nature reserves, including 20 national parks and 20 national landscapes. 

This tour explores the Oostvaardersplassen, a swamp area that was left alone for over 50 years. Nature took possession of the new land and developed into a new wilderness: a unique national park for the Netherlands and Europe. With plenty of reeds, water, swamp, rugged grassy plains and wild animals. In this bird-rich swamp area, people and nature work together in a special way.

There are 31 bird species that are protected in Europe and for which the Oostvaardersplassen are of (international) importance. And marvel at the sight of large grazers, such as heck cattle, konik horses and red deer. All animals were born in freedom; calves and foals are born without human help and grow up on their mother's side. With their grazing they keep the grasslands open in a natural way. 

The meeting point for the tour is Eye Film Museum (very easily reached, by the way), and this is where you meet your tour guide. The air-conditioned vehicle departs at 1 pm sharp, but please be there a few minutes early for check-in. From there it's a 45-60 minute drive to the outdoor center of State Forest Management.

At the outdoor center the ranger of  State Forest Management gives an introduction before taking you out on a two-hour journey by Eco Car. This Eco Car allows the group to go far into the national park, silently, and spot as many animals as possible. The ranger uses a tour guide whisper system, so it makes listening to the interesting information and stories easy. Depending on traffic, you are back in Amsterdam around 5:30 pm. 

* Support nature in the Netherlands!
* Air-conditioned transportation
* Explore Oostvaardersplassen for 2 hrs
* Ranger from Staatsbosbeheer
* Transportation by eco-car in the park
* Coffee or tea
* Use of Tour Guide Whisper System


  • Meeting point is Eye Film Museum
  • Easily reached by free ferry no. 907 from central station (takes 3 min., runs 24/7 every 10 min.¬†
  • Departure is at 1 pm sharp
  • Guide carries a white flag¬†
  • Bring a pair of binoculars if you can!¬†¬†¬†¬†

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Interested in other, unique tours that involve nature? Check out our small group tour and discover National Park Weerribben by kayak, or go seal spotting in UNESCO's Wadden Sea! All our tours are also offered as private group tours.

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