List of national parks of the Netherlands

National Parks in the Netherlands

National parks in the Netherlands were defined in the 1960s as areas of at least 10 km² consisting of natural terrains, water and/or forests, with a special landscape and flora and fauna.

The first two national parks were founded in the 1930s by private organisations. The first official national park, Schiermonnikoog National Park, was not established until 1989. The most recent national park to have been established is the Alde Feanen National Park, in April 2006.[1] In 2009 the Weerribben national park was extended with the Wieden area, bringing the total area covered by national parks to 132,030 ha.

In 2011, the government decided to make the provinces responsible for the national parks.

National parks

Name parkProvinceSize[2]Established
Lauwersmeer National ParkGroningen, Friesland6.000 ha2003
Schiermonnikoog National ParkFriesland5.400 ha1989
De Alde Feanen National ParkFriesland4.000 ha2006
Drents-Friese Wold National ParkDrenthe, Friesland6.100 ha2000
Dwingelderveld National ParkDrenthe3.700 ha1991
Drentsche Aa National ParkDrenthe10.600 ha2002
De Weerribben-Wieden National ParkOverijssel10.500 ha1992 / 2009
Sallandse Heuvelrug National ParkOverijssel2.740 ha2004
Veluwezoom National ParkGelderland5.000 ha1930
Hoge Veluwe National ParkGelderland5.400 ha1935
Utrechtse Heuvelrug National ParkUtrecht10.000 ha2003/2013
Dunes of Texel National ParkNorth Holland4.300 ha2002
Zuid-Kennemerland National ParkNorth Holland3.800 ha1995
Oosterschelde National ParkZeeland37.000 ha2002
De Biesbosch National ParkNorth Brabant, South Holland7.100 ha1994
De Zoom – Kalmthoutse Heide Cross-Border ParkNorth Brabant, Antwerp (Belgium)3.750 ha2001
De Loonse en Drunense Duinen National ParkNorth Brabant3.400 ha2002
De Groote Peel National ParkLimburg/North Brabant1.340 ha1993
De Maasduinen National ParkLimburg4.200 ha1996
Meinweg National ParkLimburg1.700 ha1995


  1. A brochure in English with short information on all the Dutch National Parks is online available
  2. Nationale Parken in Nederland. The Hague: Ministry of LNV. 2005.
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