The Biesbosch is the largest freshwater tidal area in Europe. Whereas in earlier times the national park was characterized by agriculture, nowadays the area is mainly a nature and recreation area. The Biesbosch is located in the vicinity of Hotel Ridderkerk. A beautiful location for a relaxing day out!


Through the Nieuwe Waterweg canal, De Biesbosch is in open connection with the sea. The tides of the sea cause fresh water to rise and fall in the river area of the Biesbosch. Water levels can sometimes change so much in some places in the area that hikers can get their feet wet in spring and autumn.

Explore The Biesbosch

With its tides, lush willow forests, grassland polders and numerous different animals, De Biesbosch is perfect for a day out. One of the park's most famous residents is the beaver. More than 300 of them live there! You can even go on a special beaver safari with a tour boat. Highly recommended for the kids!

In De Biesbosch there is something for everyone. Take a beautiful walk through the diverse nature, discover the area by boat from the water, go bird watching, make a canoe trip with subsequent picnic or bike through the rugged landscape of the Biesbosch.

Plan your visit

Combine your overnight stay at Van der Valk Hotel Ridderkerk with a visit to De Biesbosch! Hotel Ridderkerk is a great base from which to depart.

Check out the complete range of packages to make your visit to De Biesbosch a completely relaxing getaway.