Biesbosch Museum Eiland, The Netherlands

Biesbosch Museum Eiland, The Netherlands

Just south of Rotterdam you can visit one of Europe’s largest freshwater tidal wetlands – De Biesbosch National Park. This beautiful wetlands is perfect for bike riding and exploration. We mistakenly left our bikes at home and instead explored by car. Our destination was the Biesbosch Museum Eiland, which demonstrates how Man and water have shaped the landscape.

The museum building itself is enough of a reason to visit. The green roof is home to plants and animals and has won several architectural awards.

The highlight of the museum is a scale model of the area including polders, dykes and streams, which children can explore. Every 45 minutes, the area’s water level goes from extremely low to extremely high and back. We played in this area through several of these cycles.

I highly suggest you bring water shoes, a towel and a change of clothing. We were running around in our bare feet and much of the play area was covered in slippery algae.

We added on a boat ride to our visit, which provides the best views of the national parks lands. You may even spot a fish or sea-eagle.

No visit to a Dutch museum would be complete without popping into the cafe for a bite of cake and ice cream. The Biesbosch Museum Eiland is no exception.

This is a wonderful day trip, located just outside of Dordrecht. Bring your bikes along and add a half day bike ride to really get to enjoy this beautiful park.

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