Best bird watching trails in Zeeland, Netherlands

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Explore the most popular bird watching trails in Zeeland with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of bird watching trails in Zeeland, Netherlands
Top trails (21)
#1 - Nederlands Kustpad: Zoutelande - Domburg [Etappe 1.3]
Zoutelande, Zeeland, Netherlands
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Length: 8.1 mi • Est. 3 h 16 m
Ridge walking. A varied tour that runs over the edges of the soap bar. The dunes here are narrow, so you have nice trips to Land and Zee. Start in Vlissingen. It is the largest city in Walcheren and also Zeeland and together with Middelburg (the capital) it forms around 100,000 inhabitants. Vlissingen is the northern port of the Westerschelde and is, just like all those other places, occupied by everyone and everything. Michiel de Ruyter is pretty much the best known Vlissinger. It towers above everything there at the mouth of the harbor. Walk over the dune edges to Zoutelande and Westkapelle. It was in Westkapelle that the Gallies arrived in October 1944. These bombed the dikes to expel the Germans. The Westkapelle creek is still the saline remnant of that breakthrough. There is no dune here, the area is protected by a high dike. In Westkapelle you can still watch a tank and a landing boat in memory of that breakthrough during the bombing. 600 of the 650 houses were lost, killing 180 people. You won't find old houses here. The lamphouse stands on the tower of the Westkapelle church. Together with the small lighthouse on the beach, these two form a light line to mark the entrance to the Westerschelde. After Westkapelle the dam bends to the northeast on the way to Domburg. One of the oldest seaside resorts in the Netherlands where many artists settled in the previous (Toorop, Mondriaan).Show more
#2 - Tholen To Bath Over Oesterdam
Oosterschelde National Park
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Length: 13.6 mi • Est. 5 h 43 m
This trail is over the Oesterdam. It may seem boring to walk over a dam for 11 km but, the views over the Scheldt plains make you forget the time. Start in Tholen, on a fairly unknown trail. Two beautiful mills, the town hall, and the Grote Kerk, adorn the city. It is quiet on the island of Tholen, especially on Sundays. Via the Rijn Schelde Canal, walk to the Oesterdam. It is the longest dam of the Delta Works. The dam serves to keep the brackish (Ooster) Scheldt water outside the rest of the Netherlands. It is unbelievable that so much effort has been made to make this more brackish: dams, movable barriers, but now we see a beautiful nature area with swallows at low tide and many birds. Via two large streams, come again along the Scheldt Rhine Canal and along which another auxiliary dam. Below the Bergse Sluizen is the drowned city of Riemerswaal. It used to be the third largest city in Zeeland, but due to the floods and the 80-Year War, there is nothing left of this illustrious town. The Oesterdam ends at Beveland. Zeeland is at its narrowest here, so that the rail and traffic bridges are close together. The stage ends in Bath, a place of nothing, but it is very beautiful on the Westerschelde with a view of the industry of Belgium and the drowned land of Saeftinghe.Show more
#3 - Zeeland: Zoutelande, Westkapelle and Domburg
Zoutelande, Zeeland, Netherlands
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Length: 20.1 mi • Est. 8 h 6 m
A cycling trail along the coast of Zeeland. You start at Zoutelande and cycle to the villages of Westkapelle and Domburg. A wonderfully quiet route without too much traffic.Show more
#4 - Zwinduinen
Zwin Nature Park
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Length: 10.6 mi • Est. 4 h 31 m
Very pleasant walk in the beautiful Zwin Dunes region. This walk offers a varied landscape in one of the most beautiful nature reserves on our coast. One very important detail: you can only take the walk from Knokke to Cadzand at low tide on the beach. Make sure to check with local park officials about tide information. Show more
#5 - Nederlands Kustpad: Cadzand-Bad - Zoutelande [Etappe 1.2]
Retranchement, Zeeland, Netherlands
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Length: 23.9 mi • Est. 9 h 37 m
Along the very tip. A varied tour that takes you over the walls of Retranchement, Het Zwin and the Zeeland Flemish coast. The Zwin has always played an important role over the centuries. It used to be an important river for the port cities of Bruges, Damme, Sluis and Hoeke, but as a ship you have to be careful not to get stranded in the sand. The lighthouses of Westkapelle and Knokke help prevent this. The zwin is now a beautiful nature reserve where you can clearly see how creeks are created. On both sides of Belgium and Netherlands, it is well dipped and dyed. As is always the case with economic areas, heavy fighting has taken place in this far west of the Netherlands. Cadzand (Bad) is the only real seaside resort in Zeeland Flanders, it is connected to Cadzand, a village that used to be on an island. It was a rather watery area anyway, you even know the Salg van Cadzand during the 100-year war. From Cadzand you head west along the coast and pass the Zwarte Polder. It is a small window where you have to walk at high tide and can pass through at low tide. You can clearly see how the creeks are created. Via the radar tower and the lighthouse, you walk to Breskens. Because it is located on the monindg of the Westerschelde, much has been fought here of course. The Breskens coat of arms looks Austrian. And that is true, because Maximilian of Austria gave permission at that time to impolder the salt marshes, creating Breskens. Breskens was bombed by the Allies in the Second World War (with 200 dead). It is striking how much is said about the damage that the allies have inflicted. The ferry between Vlissingen and Breskens only transports cyclists and individual walkers. With the arrival of the tunnel to Terneuzen, the cars are therefore allowed to detour that entire stretch, so that you can wonder what that is about with the isolation of Zeeland West Flanders. The boat is beautiful, with Maxima's photo adorning the parade like a Mermaid.Show more
#6 - Retranchement - Zomerweelde - Cadzand
Retranchement, Zeeland, Netherlands
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Length: 9.0 mi • Est. 3 h 48 m
This trail starts on the dikes (Wallen) of Retranchement. These were laid out according to the Old Dutch fortress system and now form a nature reserve that connects many landscape elements. Remnants of the fortresses "Oranje" and "Nassau" can still be seen there. You step over the old defenses into the polder landscape, where you can make a stop at Fuchsiatuin Zomerweelde along the way. From Cadzand-Dorp it goes to Cadzand-Bad, where the beautiful and pleasant walking and cycling dyke gives you beautiful views over the beach and North Sea. Via the path along the drainage channel you walk back to Retranchement.Show more
#7 - Zwarte Polder
Verdronken Zwarte Polder
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 48 m
A dyke breach caused the Zwarte Polder to 'drown' in 1802. Today, the sea still flows in and out of the Zwarte Polder aka the Drowned Black Polder. This varied area, with beach, dune and thickets, is a habitat for many bird and plant species. The area is grazed all year round with a herd of heather sheep from Drenthe. Together with the rabbits, they keep the grass in check so that less competitive species can find a place. Sheep walk in the area, also on the hiking route. Leave them alone and do not pet or feed the animals. Dogs are only welcome on a lead. Part of this trail is a boardwalk to the beach. Show more
#8 - Bruinisse - Tholen
Oosterschelde National Park
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Length: 15.6 mi • Est. 6 h 31 m
A walk largely over dams and dikes. You start in Bruinisse to the Grevelingen dam, a nature reserve. A beautiful forest path takes you to the Philips dam, where the west side contains salt water and the east side fresh water. After the dams you walk over the dikes along the Scheldt-Rhine Canal. You end in the beautiful town of Tholen, which received city rights in 1366.Show more
#9 - Kruiningen-Yerseke - Yerseke Moer - Kapelle Biezinge
Oosterschelde National Park
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Length: 10.4 mi • Est. 4 h 31 m
This trail starts at Kruiningen-Yerseke train station and ends at the train station in Kapelle Biezinge and runs through the watery and quiet nature reserves Yerseke Moer and Kapelsche Moer. Almost the entire route is on asphalt with little traffic and good views. For a large part you follow the trail Oosterscheldepad. The walk takes you past nurseries of both plants and oysters, old villages and a castle. You walk over dikes to the harbor where the mussel ships moor.Show more
#10 - De Manteling naar Westkapelsche Kreek
Oostkapelle, Zeeland, Netherlands
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Length: 9.6 mi • Est. 4 h 8 m
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