The Harderbos Tourist TOP Hub is located on the edge of the Veluwemeer lake in East Flevoland, nearby Molecaten Park Flevostrand. Take a stroll through the Harderbos woods, cycle along the beaches or through the woods of the bordering lakes, or take to the water and make for one the islands!
The Harderbos woods is one of Flevoland’s most varied and mature nature areas. The first poplar woods were planted here in 1968. Since 1997, Natuurmonumenten has been hard at work to create new and more varied natural areas to break up the relentless monoculture of the timber production forests. These pockets of nature have grown to become increasingly more attractive, lush and varied. This happens rapidly, thanks to the highly fertile clay soil. Little remains of the tedious timber production forest; trees that naturally reach the end of their life cycle are not cleared away which helps encourages the new growth of all kinds of trees to compete for the space. You can explore the green oasis of the Harderbos woods, among some remarkably broad beamed trees.More information
The Climate Forest was planted in 2008. Over the space of a week, around 6000 people planted no less than 60,000 trees and 20,000 shrubs in the form of a heart. This was an initiative by Sophie Hilbrand and Filemon Wesselink, two Dutch TV presenters. The idea received wide support, and Princess Máxima was the most famous guest. Thanks to Sophie and Filemon and the many others who lent a helping hand there, a thriving forest now exists as a living symbol for a better climate.
The Lovink pumping station is a national monument, and one of the three pumping stations used to drain East Flevoland. Various pumping stations are still hard at work keeping the deeper-lying polders dry. Dronten’s landscape lies at an impressive five metres below sea level.
‘De Blauwe Dromer’ (The Blue Dreamer) is a circular dyke which encloses a small stretch of inland water. With dyking, names are used for the various dykes, such as ‘watcher dyke’ (the outer dyke) and ‘sleeper dyke’ (the inner dyke); names which directly inspired the title ‘The Blue Dreamer’. The artwork was designed by Jacqueline Verhaagen and created in 2002.
You can take a shortened route over the Veluwemeer lake via the Biddinghuizen to Nunspeet bike and foot ferry (fkp 49-60) and enjoy some amazing views over the lake during the crossing. The bike and foot ferry runs every day in the period from May to the end of September. The crossing takes about 20 minutes.
The following is available at the Harderbos Tourist Hub:
- Free parking
- Catering facility
- Electric bike loading dock
- Bike hire
- Boat hire (650m)
- Wheelchair accessible path
Harderbos has a wheelchair accessible path. To use this, head for the parking area at Natuurmonumenten (Karekietweg).