De Peel Nature Reserve

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De Peel Nature Reserve is one of Western Europe’s richest areas for birds. This varying landscape of impenetrable fenland swamps, mystic bogs, open heathland, rolling plains, tranquil copses and rough sand dunes is home to countless remarkable plants. Add to this the quiet, space and darkness of the area, and it is the ideal terrain for hundreds of breeding and migratory bird species.
Come and enjoy the trumpeting cranes at Nationaal Park De Groote Peel, and discover at the visitor centre on your way out why this nature reserve is known as “the Giethoorn of the southern Netherlands”. Have a comforting cup of coffee or a delightful lunch at our cafe, De Peelkiosk.

Opening hours and breeding season
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De Peel Nature Reserve is one of Western Europe’s richest areas for birds. This varying landscape of impenetrable fenland swamps, mystic bogs, open heathland, rolling plains, tranquil copses and rough sand dunes is home to countless remarkable plants. Add to this the quiet, space and darkness of the area, and it is the ideal terrain for hundreds of breeding and migratory bird species.
Come and enjoy the trumpeting cranes at Nationaal Park De Groote Peel, and discover at the visitor centre on your way out why this nature reserve is known as “the Giethoorn of the southern Netherlands”. Have a comforting cup of coffee or a delightful lunch at our cafe, De Peelkiosk.

Opening hours and breeding season
You can enjoy both awesome nature and good food and drink here. This varied nature reserve, straddling the southern Dutch provinces of Brabant and Limburg, can be visited from sunrise to sunset. During breeding season, which runs from 15 March to 15 July, part of the area is closed to the public. But even then, you can wander along the walking routes, which are marked with wooden posts. You can choose from several lengths of walk. Or you can walk among the Shetland ponies on the Paardenbegrazing (Horse Grazing) route, which is a way of seeing the area even during breeding season. The calm and the open spaces prompted one previous visitor to write: “This is one place you can still go walking and not come across a soul!

Accessible to all
With various activities and excursions for young and old, there is enjoyment for all nature lovers at De Peel. The visitor centre Buitencentrum De Pelen, which is located in Ospel (Limburg), has good disabled access. The Family Path, a two-kilometre-long paved route, is very suited to strollers, wheelchairs and mobility scooters. The birdwatching hide is also wheelchair-accessible. In Deurne, visit Natuurpoort De Peel (Nature Gate) for a hearty slice of cake, a wine or a beer. Soak up the warmth from the characterful open fireplace, or sit on the cosy patio to drink in the aromas of this wetland nature reserve.

For more information on the history, cultural legacy and outstanding food and drink of the surrounding villages and the nearby city of Helmond, see our page on De Peel district.

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