You are on the edge of the Kuinderbos woods near the village of Kuinre in the Province of Overijssel. Once the Noordoostpolder was drained it turned out that not all the reclaimed land was suitable for agriculture. These areas were planted with trees. The Kuinderbos is Noordoostpolder’s oldest and largest of these woodlands.
The versatility of the landscape will surprise you. You will find the remains of the Kuinderburcht stronghold and the old port in Luttelgeest (formerly Kuinre), the current local council. The port dates from the Middle Ages, when Kuinre was a flourishing trading post. Adjacent to the Kuinderbos woods is the Schoterveld nature reserve and just a little further on to the north lies Friesland.
Orchideeënhoeve is an orchid farm; the Netherlands most ‘floweriest’ attraction. You can circumvent the world in a single day here and discover Asia, Australia and Central and South America. Enjoy thousands of varieties of orchids, let Loris eat out of your hand, admire the butterfly garden and be truly amazed by the floating flower garden. A fun day out for all ages.
Many fruit growers have been attracted to the region’s rich and fertile soil. The orchards splash colour on Noordoostpolder; the beautiful hues of the blossom in spring are irresistibly seductive. In September the abundant harvest of pears, apples and cherries are recognisable from afar. The modern fruit companies Hoekstra and Verhage offer their own grown, fresh local produce.
The old port is located in the middle of the Kuinderbos woods. The port is a reminder of when Kuinre was still a Zuiderzee town and conducting a lively trade with Amsterdam. When the Noordoostpolder was reclaimed in 1942, Kuinre relinquished its claim of being a port town. However, the old harbour once stripped of its function has now been restored to its former glory.
You can obtain some wonderful views of the island and the remains of its stronghold from the Kuinderberg hill. In the early Middle Ages, the illustrious lords of Kuinre owned a castle at a strategic location near Kuinre. From here they set out on raiding parties on the Zuiderzee whilst exerting a tight control on the shipping supplying the Hanseatic cities.