8 Hidden Gems In Steenwijk

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This is a guest post from Frans van Dokkumburg of Ask The Dutch Guy.

Steenwijk, an enchanting and historic city in the province of Overijssel, is home to centuries-old city walls, cannonballs hacked from the ramparts, and the 86-metre tall Sint Clement Tower. Weeriben-Wieden Marketing describes Steenwijk as a “city for partygoers and event lovers year-round”. Located around two hours away from Amsterdam or Rotterdam by train, what are the hidden gems in Steenwijk?

1. Keukenhof

Considered by many as the most beautiful spring garden in the world, Keukenhof is one of the largest flower gardens worldwide, with 7 million flowers bringing life to this popular 70-acre park. True to its theme, “A World Of Colours”, Keukenhof houses different kinds of flowers, including tulips, roses, daffodils, hyacinths, orchids, carnations, irises, lilies, and many others. The garden is Steenwijk’s top rated park, most reviewed tourist attraction, and one of the region’s most visited places.

Park with flowers of all different colours
Spring flowers at Keukenhof

2. De Weerribben-Wieden National Park 

De Weerribben-Wieden National Park, the largest bog in north-west Europe, is home to an array of amazing wildlife, including otters, egrets, and cormorants. The park is known for its many lakes, ponds and canals interspersed with swamps, reed beds, gorgeous forests, and a vast meadow of flowers, with stunning hiking trails. 

Windmill and canal in the Weerribben-Wieden National Park, one of the hidden gems of Steenwijk
De Weerribben-Wieden National Park

The best way to explore the park is on water. Visitors can pass by the enchanting medieval village of Giethoorn nearby to rent electric boats, rowing boats, and canoes. 

3. The Orchid Farm 

The Orchid Farm or Orchideeën Hoeve is the largest tropical attraction in Europe, visited by 250,000 people every year. People come to observe how plants and animals survive and thrive, and experience the park’s many thematic segments. The farm is best known for its Orchid Garden, Amazonian Rainforest, Suspended Flower Garden, and Jungle Theatre, including a modern shop, cosy greenhouse restaurant, and orchid nursery. Also a licensed zoo, the Orchid Farm is home to several animals such as meerkats, monkeys, and tropical birds.

4. Museum Giethoorn ‘t Olde Maat Uus  

Museum Giethoorn ‘t Olde Maat Uus is a lovely museum located inside an original historical farmhouse in the fairy-tale-like medieval village of Giethoorn. The museum takes visitors on a journey 100 years ago to see how the locals lived and earned a meagre living by cutting peat and building small boats. “By visiting the museum,” according to a visitor review, “one gets a good picture of the old days when Giethoorn was built-up. If you visit Giethoorn, you definitely must visit the museum.”

5. Dwingelderveld National Park

Dwingelderveld National Park is nature at its best. Managed by the State Forest Service and the private nature management organisation Natuurmonumenten, this beautiful national park covers about 37 square kilometres of land. A recent visitor reveals, “Dwingelderveld national park is beautiful whatever the weather; there are lots to explore on foot, on a bike or horseback. I would definitely return if in the area and would recommend to others.” As Europe’s largest wet moorland area, Dwingelderveld offers a variety of landscapes for nature lovers and vacationers to enjoy.

Open space with boardwalk and grassland
Dwingelderveld National Park

6. Duinen Zathe Amusement Park 

Duinen Zathe Amusement Park is a lovely, little park for the family. A recent visitor describes it this way: “Duinenzathe is now a pretty full-fledged amusement park. A roller coaster and a variety of other rides for most ages and interests are available. The park is well-maintained, spacious and definitely more complete than initially meets the eye! Fairly roomy terraces are available for those in need of a little rest or conversation while the more energetic can have a ball in the park.”

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7. Walibi Holland

Walibi Holland is a family theme park that is best known for its world-class roller coasters. While the park offers over 30 rides and attractions to all the members of the family, the most popular rides are not for the faint of heart. The Aztec, el Condor, Goliath, and Lost Gravity roller coasters reach breakneck speeds with head-spinning loops. Not far from Walibi Holland are the historic cities of Elburg and Kampen, and the Dolfinarium in Harderwijk, featuring dolphins, sharks, sea lions, and walruses. 

8. TT Circuit Assen  

TT Circuit Assen is more popularly known by racing fans as “The Cathedral” of motorcycling. Built in 1955, the popular motorsport racetrack is located to the south of the town of Assen, about 15 miles to the north Groningen Airport Eelde. It is the only circuit in the world that has hosted a Grand Prix motorcycle event every year. Equipped with 60,000 seats, the circuit can host 110,000 spectators. Assen racetrack is 4,555 metres long, with a mixture of super-fast flat-out and slow corners.

These are just eight of the many gems for tourists and travellers to discover in Steenwijk. This lovely city is home to the Dutch Navy Museum, Weerribben Giethoorn, Museumhuis Rams Woerthe, Dierenpark Taman Indonesia, and other enchanting tourist destinations.  

Author Bio: Ask The Dutch Guy is your go-to guide when it comes to The Netherlands. The goal of Ask The Dutch Guy is to showcase the beauty of The Netherlands and to inspire others to explore the country. Read more about Ask The Dutch Guy at https://askthedutchguy.com. Follow him on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

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