The Dunes of Oostvoorne
The area around Oostvoorne is home to some of the first dunes ever created - several thousand years ago - on the side of the rising sea, at the mouthes of the rivers Rhine and Meuse. The Dunes van Oostvoorne, laying west of the village Oostvoorne in the province South-Holland, were washed away by storms and floods. They rose again about 800 years ago, and as a result we can call them young dunes.
A rich variation of landscape is characterized by these dunes: we can find sandy hillsides, humid dune-valleys with a rich herb population and poplar woods.
The area is managed by the ‘South-Holland Landscape Association’. It is their task to maintain the extensive network of paths, and cut back the woods and herbs in the humid valleys.
In the ‘Tenellaplas’ visitor’s centre, at the main entrance of the nature area, you will find more information on the Dunes of Oostvoorne.
How to get there?
You can access the dunes from Rotterdam by taking the N15 in the direction of Europoort, and following the N218 towards Oostvoorne. If you come from the south, take the N57 and exit at ‘Rockanje’, follow the signs to ‘Oostvoorne’. From Oostvoorne, just follow the signs to ‘Bezoekerscentrum’ (Visitor’s Centre).
By public transport
Take the metro in Rotterdam in the direction of ‘Spijkenisse’, and at Spijkenisse Centraal, change over to bus 100/103 for the direction of Rockanje. Get off at the Berkenrode bus stop and walk 50m following the bus route, turn right and follow the signs to ‘bezoekerscentrum’.