- A giant wooden egg crammed with natural wonders
- Colony of sandwich terns
- Spectacular views
An (almost) uninhabited island
As soon as you step onto the ferry to the island of Tiengemeten in the Haringvliet you’ll be leaving the humdrum of the civilised world behind. This nature reserve is an oasis of peace and tranquillity and provides a habitat to thousands of water birds, beavers and sea eagles. This is where the nature of the delta has free rein and all this within spitting distance of the Rotterdam conurbation. Tiengemeten is an important stepping stone between the Biesbosch and the outer delta, the shallow part of the North Sea at the mouth of the Haringvliet. The creeks on the island are an important habitat for water-based insects and spawning and developing fish. In turn, this attracts countless birds in search of food.
There are a number of walking trails that criss-cross the island. It is a nostalgic landscape with flower-rich meadows, uncultivated grassland and marshy reed beds full of water fowl. Experience for yourself the diverse nature of the delta with its wide vistas across the Haringvliet. You’ll be sure to encounter Highland cattle and if you look skywards, you may chance upon a white-tailed eagle. Ramble to your heart’s content in a wilderness of mud flats, where water holds sway. For kids there is the Speelnatuur: a 4.5-hectare adventure playground full of trees, brooks, blubber, flowers and animals.
There’s so much to see on Tiengemeten, one day is simply not enough. Perhaps the most exciting experience on the island is an overnight stay. Once the last ferry has left, the silence descends. Enjoy the birds looking for a place to roost, watch the setting sun, and savour the freedom of the island life.
A visit to Tiengemeten can be easily combined with a ramble in the Korendijkse Slikken.
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More activities Tiengemeten
At Herberg Tiengemeten you can have the island all to yourself, quite literally. Choose from a comfortable hotel room or alternatively, spend a more adventurous night under canvas under the boughs of an ancient orchard with the darkness and silence all around! More info
On an island nature reserve with no real woodland, it’s a pleasure to marvel at the few trees that are still standing. Wander the island of Tiengemeten and listen to the trees which have their very own story to tell or exude an illustrious past. More info
Beaver walking trail Tiengemeten
The Biesbosch is not the only habitat for beavers. Their presence can also be found on the island of Tiengemeten, where a special beaver trail has been marked out. This follows the course of a creek where an industrious beaver has built a lodge. More info
Put on your hiking boots and trek through the Wildernis. Here, in the west of Tiengemeten, where the water holds sway, you can experience the perpetual dynamics of ebb and flood. More info
Cycling in the Hoeksche Waard
The Tiengemeten route (41 km) takes you through the protected polder landscape of the western Hoeksche Waard. For centuries, Oud-Beijerland on the Oude Maas river was a trading centre, as its many elegant merchant houses bear witness. Start your journey at the TOP in Oude Tol or at the Nieuwendijk car park. More info
More nature of the Dutch Delta
NLDelta consists of a joined-up system of flourishing nature reserves. The water-rich ‘jungle’ of the Biesbosch is a unique freshwater-tidal zone, with a network of creeks, islands and morasses… Read more
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