The Oostvaardersplassen is a unique area in Europe; nowhere will you find a natural swamp area with reed plains, rugged grasslands and open lakes that have been so well preserved. It is a true paradise for many bird species, from water birds such as spoonbills and geese to many birds of prey. The Oostvaardersplassen are mainly known for the gigantic colony of cormorants and as a breeding ground for the white-tailed eagle. Other animals also come into their own in the swampy fields, which look almost the same as a thousand years ago. The large grazing herds of game characterize the area. Red deer, Heck cattle and Konik horses live here in the wild and graze the plains, thus preventing the area from becoming overgrown. When you cycle through the Oostvaardersplassen, it is no exception when you see large herds of horses, cows or a lonely bull in the landscape. But also deer, foxes, rabbits and other smaller mammals scurry together between the puddles in the grass and reeds. More information about the Oostvaardersplassen and the various sub-areas, including Hollandse Hout, can be found at Visitor Center Oostvaardersplassen. If you want to know more about the history, maintenance, flora and fauna or the future of the Oostvaardersplassen, then you have come to the right place at the visitor center. And when you return to the visitor center you can enjoy all the specialties and surprises that the natural beauty has offered you during your trip.