This is the Netherlands’ largest marshland area in which nature is given free rein. The Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve has an astonishing history. When the Flevopolder was drained in 1968, this wet part remained unused. Nature, ever the opportunist, quickly colonised the space to create a marshland with lakes, reed banks and willow woods. Countless birds, hundreds of Heck cattle, Konik horses and red deer impart a distinctly un-Dutch feel to this entire area.
After your visit, drive from the Oostvaardersplassen outdoor centre car park back onto the Knardijk. From the Knardijk take the 1st exit on the right at the roundabout onto the Oostvaardersdijk and continue towards Lelystad. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit in the direction of the Houtribweg. After 200 meters turn left onto the Oostvaardersdijk. Drive until you reach the end of this road (the Oostvaardersdijk). Here you can park on the left near the lock with a view of the Wortman pumping station.